UPDATE (5/15/20 2:44 pm): Olmsted County Health officials say the “house party” outbreak in Rochester that went “viral” on social media resulted in fewer than 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases, but Public Health Director Graham Briggs says “we dodged a bullet.” READ MORE HERE


Rochester, MN  (KROC AM News) -  Olmsted County public health officials have determined numerous local COVID-19 cases were the result of a party.

Mark Thein

Olmsted County Commissioner Mark Thein has posted this information on his Facebook site:
A “significant percentage” of the Covid-19 cases in Olmsted County can be traced back to ONE HOUSE PARTY where an asymptomatic guest unknowingly infected friends who then unknowingly passed the virus on to coworkers. Olmsted County has a very robust and professional Public Health Department that, via contact tracing, has been able to make that determination.

County health officials may release more information about the case Friday.

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