Updated: 7:27 p.m.
The Minnesota Department of Health announced Saturday night that it has confirmed five cases of the new, more-contagious coronavirus variant in the Twin Cities metro area.
The variant was first detected in the United Kingdom and has since been confirmed in several other U.S. states. It has not been found to cause more-serious cases of COVID-19.
“We were expecting to find the virus in Minnesota. Knowing that it is now here does not change our current public health recommendations,” State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield said in a news release announcing the first confirmed cases in Minnesota.
The Health Department said the five cases come from four different counties in the metro area, from people ages 15 to 37. The onset of their illnesses was between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31.
Health officials said they are not aware of any of the five people being hospitalized. Two of the people reported international travel, one did not, and travel histories of the other two are not yet…
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