McDowell County Health Department Officials have confirmed FIVE additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon August 7, 2020, bringing the overall total cases to sixty-four with fifty-one active. The five new cases today are all attributed to community spread. Our fifty-one active cases are located throughout the county. Please follow the recommended guidelines when you are out in public.The Health Department is working to identify all contacts to these cases. Anyone who is identified as being a contact will be notified by the Health Department. If you are identified as an official contact by the Health Department, please follow all guidelines given to you. Following these guidelines will help to protect others and helps to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.The McDowell County Health Department urges all residents to do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, avoiding large crowds, and washing your hands frequently. The Health Department will continue to keep you updated on this fluid situation through Facebook as well as through local media partners.Due to Federal HIPAA guidelines, no other information about these cases will be given.