Mingo health officials on Monday, Sept. 14, issued a public health announcement regarding possible COVID-19 exposure having occurred at an "unauthorized" event attended on Thursday, Sept. 10 by "young adults" along the King Coal Highway near Mingo Central High School.

Due to some of those in attendance having already tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said they are encouraging all those who were at the gathering to self-quarantine for 14 days, as well as contact their healthcare provider should they develop symptoms such as fever, cough, loss of taste, etc., for medical advice and instructions.

"The health department has limited information at this time, but we believed that it is in the best interest of public health to release what information we do have at this time for those who were in attendance at this function," MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said in a release.

"We can also confirm this was an unauthorized event and was not part of any type of school function...Mingo County Schools did not in any way authorize this function."

As continues to be the procedure, health officials are asking that residents maintain their practice of social distancing, wear face coverings when applicable, and to follow all the governor's executive orders. Those who feel they need to be tested should contact their primary care provider or their local healthcare clinic.

For more information about COVID-19 visit the WV DHHR at www.coronavirus.wv.gov or the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus  Residents may also call the Mingo County Health Department at (304) 235-3570.

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