Carver County cat diagnosed with virus that causes COVID-19

A cat in Carver County is confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans.

According to a release from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, the cat was taken to a veterinarian with a 105-degree fever and symptoms of upper respiratory illness. Due to the fact that the owner was confirmed to have COVID-19, the veterinarian decided to take a sample for testing.

The sample returned positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cat is recommended to remain in isolation at home for 14 days following the positive test. A dog in the home remains healthy, officials said.

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"At this time, there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading COVID-19 to people or other animals," said State Veterinarian Dr. Beth Thompson. "It's always important to isolate ill pets from healthy people and pets when possible, just as ill people should be isolated from healthy people and pets. If you suspect your pet is ill, contact your veterinarian."

While this is the diagnosis of an animal having SARS-CoV-2 in Minnesota it isn't the first in the United States as two cats tested positive in New York in April.