Mingo County health officials said there were a total of 26 new Mingo County cases of COVID-19 confirmed Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24, bringing the new total for July to 88 cases.

These 26 come after eight cases were reported Tuesday, July 21 and four Wednesday, July 22.

Health officials said the 10  cases reported for Thursday, July 23, who are individuals with and without symptoms, range in ages from seven to 72 years-old. The cases confirmed Friday, July 24, also patients with and without symptoms, range from two to 76 years-old.

MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said six individuals are now hospitalized, five of them in ICU with two of these on a ventilator.

He said the significant number increase for the month of July appears to be the result of out-of-area travel as well as people attending local events inherently common this time of year, such as weddings and high school graduations and proms.

As of Friday, July 24, 2,351 people have been tested for COVID-19 with 2,244 of those having been determined negative.

Of the 105 overall confirmed positive cases, Blankenship said there are two probable cases still pending. There have been two deaths attributed to COVD-19, and there now have been 38 recoveries. Currently there are 67 active cases in Mingo County.

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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