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Minnesota health officials prepare for coronavirus


February 26, 2020

Burhan Ozbilici – Associated Press

A man held a baby while walking by the entrance of Zekai Tahir Burak Hospital where 17 passengers of a Turkish Airlines flight from Tehran, suspected of having coronavirus, were to be quarantined, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. All 132 passengers of Tehran-Istanbul flight and crew on board will be quarantined for 14 days at the same hospital where Turkish citizens returning from China had been quarantined.( AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Minnesota hospitals and public health agencies are ramping up preparations for a novel coronavirus, which has almost reached global pandemic levels after it emerged in China this winter and spread to at least 37 countries.

While the U.S. continues efforts such as travel restrictions and quarantines to limit the introduction of the virus into the country, state and federal officials said Tuesday that local cases are inevitable and that the virus will eventually spread from person to person. So far, the 14 infections identified within the U.S. have only involved people who traveled to China or their spouses.


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