The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brown County grew to five, from two, over the weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Brown County Public Health; two of the three new cases are in their 50s, one is recovering at home, and the other is hospitalized. The first two cases are identified as community transmission. The other additional case is in their 80s and is recovering at home, with no information regarding transmission, said Brown County Public Health. MDH staff is conducting the case investigations. Close contacts are notified by MDH, quarantined for 14 days from their exposure and monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. Among earlier confirmed cases was Martin Luther College (MLC) President Mark Zarling, who was released from the hospital in Mankato on April 1 and is recovering at home, according to a statement from the MLC website.

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