Two more potential cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have been reported in Minnesota, according to local reporting from the Star-Tribune.

In an alert issued by the Minnesota Department of Health to doctors as well as other health care providers, the state government requested that any patients with upper respiratory symptoms who may have recently traveled Wuhan be reported to appropriate authorities. 

Upon hearing news of two potential patients, lab samples have been sent for testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The Minnesota Department of Health issued a statement saying, “While the available information suggests a low immediate health risk for the general public, we consider any new infectious disease a serious concern and we are taking precautions.” 

According to WCCO4, both unidentified patients are being asked to remain in isolation until results come back.

So far, there are only two confirmed patients who have contracted the novel virus: a 36-year-old man in Seattle and a 60-year-old woman in Chicago. Both recently visited Wuhan and developed symptoms once they had returned to the U.S. Reports state that both patients are in stable conditions. 

The CDC stated that the coronavirus is spreading through person-to-person contact, and it is monitoring the outbreak very closely.

So far, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed 26 people and has infected more than 900.

Published on Jan 24, 2020