Kris Ehresman with the Minnesota Department of Health is inviting all persons to “come to the middle” when it comes to COVID-19.

“We have individuals who are absolutely panicked about COVID-19,” said Ehresman. “And while we want people to take this seriously, I think it’s helpful and important to let people know the vast majority of coronavirus cases worldwide have been mild. We’re concerned about people’s mental health. On the other end of the spectrum, we’re hearing from people who don’t think it’s a real problem and that’s a concern as well. Those people need to get the message that it’s incredibly important that they stay home when they’re sick and that they heed the public health guidance that has been put out.”

The Department of Health says there are 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. Ehresman says only seven have required hospitalization. She adds four people with coronavirus remain hospitalized with one in critical condition.