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Health care providers share more on Coronavirus

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DULUTH,MN-- Two possible cases of Coronavirus have been detected in Minnesota.

It is unclear where in Minnesota the possible cases have popped up.

The infection, which is similar to respiratory pneumonia, was first detected in China a month ago.

Officials say after doing research on similar respiratory diseases right now they believe the infection is not a health emergency.

But they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure everybody's safety.

Essentia Health's infectious disease Dr. Amanda Noska says during influenza season Essentia is always prepared for respiratory viruses like Coronavirus.

Noska adds there are more precautions being taken with coronavirus than other respiratory illnesses.

She says since it is a viral illness there is no medication to cure it the goal is to just make the patient comfortable with Tylenol, pyretic, and provide oxygen support if needed.

Noska says, "If we see somebody with a respiratory especially in flu season it's important to mask folks and to isolate them while their sick so that it doesn't continue to transmit because it's very contagious."

Earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Health sent out an alert to all hospitals, clinics, and other health providers to watch for any possible cases.

As of right now, the department is interviewing the 2 patients on their symptoms, recent travel, and those they've been in contact with.

MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann says, "We have received several calls from providers. We currently have two specimens that are at CDC for testing. "

At this time those patients are being isolated at home.

Ehresmann says their illnesses haven't been severe enough to require hospitalization at this time.

Officials say all cases will have testing done to confirm they are coronavirus.

The CDC is handling all testing and the Health Department says they have many samples to sort through.

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Emma Quinn

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