MDH statement on MSP passengers who may have been exposed to COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health was recently notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Quarantine Station about two passengers on a flight from Europe who had been in close contact with a person confirmed to have novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

The two passengers were in contact while in Europe. The two were determined to not have symptoms of COVID-19, but they have been instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. If they develop symptoms, they will be tested for COVID-19, according to the release.

Other passengers on the plane will reportedly be contacted by health officials if anyone on the flight were to test positive at a later date.

The Minnesota Department of Health is reminding all Minnesotans they should be taking action now to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Steps such as covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands and staying home when sick are advised.

There are many cases of COVID-19 around the world and the CDC is concerned about community-level transmission in some parts of the country.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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