MDH: 4 Minnesotans infected with COVID-19 variant while in Mexico

As health officials continue to report more cases of travelers becoming infected with COVID-19 variants, the Minnesota Department of Health is urging people returning to Minnesota after travel — especially international travel — to self-quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 before resuming activity in the community.

The latest example of COVID-19 variants coming home with Minnesotans after travel involves a series of four cases of the P. 1 variant first detected in Brazil. Four Minnesotans tested positive for the P. 1 variant after staying at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun from March 12-23. The cases were in members of different families, according to MDH.

MDH says the cases underscore the risk of travel during a pandemic, and in particular the risk of traveling to places like Mexico where COVID-19 is circulating widely. Two weeks ago the CDC issued a Level 4 advisory urging Americans to avoid all travel to Mexico due to the very high level of transmission in the country.

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