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.