There have been two confirmed cases of the coronavirus among the same family in Marine on St. Croix. The husband and wife developed symptoms sometime around April 23.
The husband developed mild symptoms of fever and aches but couldn't get tested right away. When he did it was confirmed as COVID-19. The wife developed allergy like symptoms and was tested and confirmed, as well.
They have been in quarantine since April 24 and have informed their work and those that may have been in contact with them. The Minnesota Department of Health and Washington County Health Department are in charge of contact tracing.
Caitlin Suginaka, the Supervisor of Washington County's healthy communities team is co-leading the department's joint information center. She said the county will be moving into a more active role in contact tracing in the next week to assist the state's ongoing efforts. The department will interview those positive for COVID-19 and will then contact residents via phone who may have interacted with that person.
"We do want folks to be aware that these phone calls are taking place," she said. "(They'll recieve) a call if they're considered at high or medium risk."