On Aug. 17, 2020, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the first cases of SARS-Co-V-2, within the US, in mink located in two farms in Utah. Individuals that had close contact with the mink have tested positive for Covid-19.
Mink have been identified as being susceptible to SARS-Co-V-2, and as a result the USDA has released Interim SARS-CoV-2 Guidance and Recommendations for Farmed Mink and Other Mustelids. However, there has been no conclusive evidence that animals, including minks, spread the virus to humans.
Individuals with Covid-19 should be cautious in preventing the spread of the virus to all animals and should aware of the confirmed SARS-Co-V-2 animal cases in the US. For more information about Covid-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html.