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Mayo Clinic tests hundreds for COVID-19, two patients recovering

UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: The Minnesota Department of Health is now reporting 54 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic has tested hundreds of people for COVID-19 as businesses and schools temporarily close across the country in response to the outbreak.

According to Olmsted County Public Health Director Graham Briggs, as of Monday morning, 326 people have been tested at Mayo Clinic for COVID-19.

Health officials are reporting that there are two cases of COVID-19 in Olmsted County, and 35 in the state.

The first case in Olmsted County was reported on Wednesday. The individual is in their 50s and is expected to recover. The second individual is also recovering at home. Health officials said both individuals had traveled to areas with known outbreaks.

Olmsted County Public Health Director Graham Briggs said it is likely there will be community spread. At a news conference on Wednesday, he said he would like to remind residents that 80 percent of cases do not require hospitalization.

Mayo Clinic set up pre-screened drive-thru test sites to collect specimens for COVID-19 testing. Mayo Clinic said patients must first be screened over the phone before coming to be tested.

Mayo Clinic previously announced that it has developed a COVID-19 test which can give an individual results in 24 hours.

The Minnesota Department of Health is recommending people stay home when they're sick, wash their hands, distance themselves from others and cover their cough.


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