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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

As of March 16, the Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that there is one case of a person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in Washington County. This is the first known case in Washington County since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state of Minnesota March 6.  

The person who tested positive is in Woodbury. 

In a Facebook post, Washington County is preparing for additional cases.

"Washington County is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in our community. Washington County local public health staff have been preparing for this and are working to support our community by slowing the spread and minimizing its impact on residents and our health care system."

The number of positive tests among Minnesota residents and the approximate number of patients tested for COVID-19 in Minnesota will be updated Monday through Friday with test results from the previous day by the Minnesota Department of Health. 

As of March 16, there have been 1,893 approximate number of patients tested with tests returning 54 positive cases. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, these cases are cumulative from Jan. 20, 2020.

The counties with cases of the COVID-19 virus are Anoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, Waseca, Washington and Wright.

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