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MDH: 2 U of M students told to self-quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 case in Europe

MDH: 2 U of M students told to self-quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 case in Europe Photo: KSTP

Updated: March 04, 2020 08:06 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says two passengers who arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport from Europe Tuesday afternoon were told to self-quarantine after having close contact in Europe with a person confirmed to have novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

MDH said the passengers were evaluated on the plane after landing by a medical professional from the Quarantine Station and didn't have symptoms of COVID-19. However, because of their close contact with someone who had a confirmed case, they were instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quarantine stations played a key role in the monitoring and investigation process, according to MDH.

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MDH said the measures taken are meant to keep the risk of spreading the virus as low as possible, but added that all Minnesotans should be taking precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of the virus and other illnesses, including:

  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue rather than your hand,
  • Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water,
  • Staying home when sick,
  • Staying informed by visiting MDH and CDC websites regularly.

The University of Minnesota issued a statement saying it was suspending its education and study abroad programs in China, South Korea and Italy, and noted that two students were told to self-quarantine for 14 days due to being in close contact with a confirmed case while in Europe.

You can see the full U of M statement here.

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