2019 Novel Coronavirus Situation Summary

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Health officials are currently investigating an outbreak of a 2019 novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.
  • COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness that has not been found in people before. It is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrom (SARS) in 2003 or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS_CoV) in 2012, however, it is in the same family of virus.
  • Because this is a new virus, there are still things that we do not know, like how severe the illness can be, how well it spreads between people and other features of the virus.
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. 

Anoka County Public Health is maintaining situational awareness by monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) communications.

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What you can do now: 

Put personal preparedness strategies in place for you and your family. Information can be found at:

The best protective recommendation is to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus by following CDC travel recommendations and following recommendations for colds and flu:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough
  • Practice good handwashing