There are COVID-19 cases in several congregate care facilities in Minnesota

Created: March 28, 2020 06:34 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Department of Health says there are several COVID-19 outbreaks in several congregate care settings in the state.

Kris Ehresmann, director of MDH's Infectious Disease Epidemiology made that statement on Saturday during a phone coference.


Congregate care facilities include memory care, assited living, skilled nursing, long-term care facilities, and homeless shelters and prisons, "We are considering an outbreak  in a congregate living setting. A resident have tested positive for COVID or a staff member. A single case puts that facility in that status. We're working with the facility with infection control, " Ehresmann said.

Health officials say it is important to ban visitors and filter traffic coming from outside these facilities.

MDH also said that as of Saturday, there are no COVID-19 case in homeless shelters, prisons, or jails.

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