The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT - RC2WPE9DIU7K

As the back-to-school season approaches, state health officials have a message for all Minnesotans about COVID-19: People ignoring protective recommendations are likely to prolong the outbreak, making it worse and making it more likely that we will have to deal with a longer period of impact on schools and other community institutions, businesses, and our economy. State epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield is encouraging Minnesotans to continue wearing masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and to get tested when appropriate.

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