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MDH: COVID-19 spreading in senior living facilities in the state

KAAL-TV
Created: March 29, 2020 06:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Department of Health says that COVID-19 cases are spreading in senior living facilities throughout the state. They say 25 long-term senior living facilities are reporting they have either a resident or a staff that is ill with COVID-19.

MDH says 21 residents across different facilities have COVID-19 and 11 healthcare workers employed in those facilities are sick with the new coronavirus. 

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MDH says they are working with the facilities to mitigate further spread of the virus, "Just the presence of 1 case classifies that as an outbreak or potential outbreak for us. There's a team of epidemiologist that immediately works with that facility and a nurse case manager who checks in with that facility multiple times a day." said Commissioner Jan Malcolm of the Minnesota Dept. of Health on Sunday.

Health officials did not mention how COVID-19 spread in these facilities. They also say there have been no confirmed cases inside prisons or jails in the state as of Sunday.


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