The Mingo County Health Department is reporting four new positive cases of COVID-19 in Mingo County.

MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said the 23rd case, confirmed Thursday, July 9, is a 45 year-old female with symptoms, with the 24th case, also reported July 9, being a 47 year-old male who is also symptomatic. He said these individuals, who are married and recently traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are isolating at home.

Also reported July 9 was the 25th case, that of a 59 year-of female who is symptomatic. The 26th case, additionally reported July 9, was a 21 year-old asymptomatic female. Both of these individuals, whose cases are unrelated, are also isolating at home.

Blankenship said the MCHD is notifying all those persons who have been in close contact with these four individuals and that these contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and will be monitored by the MCHD for signs and symptoms.

As of July 9, 1, 855 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Mingo County with 1,827 cases having been determined negative, 26 now having been confirmed positive (with two deaths and 18 recoveries), and two probable cases, leaving the county with six currently active cases.

As continues to be the procedure, health officials are asking that residents maintain their practice of social distancing, wear face coverings if possible, 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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