MDH: 4 Minnesotans infected with COVID-19 variant while in Mexico

MDH: 4 Minnesotans infected with COVID-19 variant while in Mexico Photo: CDC/MGN.

Updated: April 16, 2021 04:16 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 03:52 PM

As health officials continue to report more cases of travelers becoming infected with COVID-19 variants, the Minnesota Department of Health is urging people returning to Minnesota after travel — especially international travel — to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 before resuming activity in the community. 

The latest example of COVID-19 variants coming home with Minnesotans after travel involves a series of four cases of the P. 1 variant first detected in Brazil. Four Minnesotans tested positive for the P. 1 variant after staying at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun from March 12-23. The cases were in members of different families, according to MDH. 

MDH says the cases underscore the risk of travel during a pandemic, and in particular the risk of traveling to places like Mexico where COVID-19 is circulating widely. Two weeks ago the CDC issued a Level 4 advisory urging Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico due to the very high level of transmission in the country. 

"We know Mexico tends to be a popular get-away destination for Minnesotans in late winter and spring and there may have been a considerable amount of travel to that country over the last few weeks," said MDH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Richard Danila. "The recent CDC travel warning shows that Mexico is a very high-risk destination right now, so people should consider this, and if you have not yet been vaccinated, it is all that more important to consider postponing non-essential travel."

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