Minnesota public health officials on Sunday confirmed the state’s first three cases of community transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus, a worsening sign for the outbreak that means the virus has likely begun to circulate in communities in the state.
Minnesota now has 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 14 that were reported Saturday night and Sunday morning. The newest cases, involving patients ranging in age from 20 to 94, include one person who was hospitalized. No deaths have been recorded in the state.
During a conference call with reporters Sunday, Minnesota Department of Health officials focused on three cases of community transmission, in which the virus passed to people who hadn’t traveled outside of Minnesota or knowingly been exposed to someone else with a confirmed case.
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