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Second Positive COVID-19 Case Appears Unrelated to First, Travel Suspected Cause

Release from J.J. Rose
McDowell County Health Department

MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV – The McDowell County Health Department is now reporting the County’s second case of COVID-19.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2020, the Health Department was notified that a second McDowell County resident had tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health Department Officials believe that this individual who tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) was exposed to the virus while traveling. The Health Department Officials continue to work to identify additional residents who may have had contact with this individual.

The two cases that were confirmed today appear to be unrelated.

The patient and the patient’s family are quarantined at their home and are doing well at this time.
To protect individual’s privacy, no further information about the case will be released.

McDowell County Health Department will continue to keep the public informed by announcing any additional cases that may arise through local media partners.

The health department would like to express that It is important for the community to understand that the identification of a case does not change our local strategies for preventing and reducing the spread of disease. Above all else, please isolate yourself at home if you are sick. Coronavirus symptoms could include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

If an individual is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they can call Tug River Health Association’s hotline at (304) 448-2300 between the hours of 8:00 – 4:30 Monday – Friday. This line is being operated by a nurse who will ask screening questions to determine if you need testing. Or you may also contact Welch Community Hospital anytime at (304)-436-8461 to inquire about the possibility of being tested.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher that you have symptoms of COVID-19.