Carlton County has its second lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday, April 1.

Carlton County Public Health Public Information Officer Meghan Levitt said it was unclear if the second infection was related to the first announced case of COVID-19 in Carlton County that was found in an inmate at the state prison in Moose Lake.

“(Minnesota Department of Health) was very clear in saying that community transmission is widespread in Minnesota now, so it could have very well been someone in a different county,” Levitt said. “It’s not necessarily — we can’t give a yes or no if it was related to the first case at all.”

Levitt said MDH does all of the investigation related to COVID-19 cases and “local public health does not have a role” in the process.

There was no update on the condition of the infected person, according to Levitt. However, at a press conference Monday in Cloquet, Dr. Charles Kendall — director of medicine at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet — said the hospital is only testing those who are hospitalized with respiratory illnesses, health care workers with symptoms and residents of nursing homes.

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