WILCOE, W.Va. – With a heavy heart the McDowell County Health Department has confirmed today, the 20th death of a resident from complications related to COVID-19 in the County.

The McDowell County Health Department also reported that 2 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified yesterday, February 23rd, 2021. The 2 new cases brings our total case count to 1296 and our total active cases to 30.

Health Department Officials say that the individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus) contracted it through community spread. The Health Department Officials continue to work to identify additional individuals who may have had contact with these individuals.

To protect the privacy of the individuals, no further information about these cases will be released.

Coronavirus symptoms could include fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, decrease in smell and or taste. And remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, avoid large crowds, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. As well as avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

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 8:00am – 4:30pm 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 the following numbers: Welch Community Hospital at (304)-436-8659 from 9am to 9pm or (304)-436-8630 outside of those times to inquire about the possibility of being tested; as well as, Bradshaw Medical at (304)-967-5034 , Family Healthcare Associates in Welch at (304) 436- 6650, Yukon Medical at (304)-875-2302, Willow Creek Health Clinic in Roderfield at (304) 800-2111, and Mountaineer Family Medicine in Welch at (681)-201-2064.

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

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