The Mingo County Health Department is now reporting the 16th and 17th positive cases of COVID-19 in Mingo County.

MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said the latest cases follow closely after the 15th case was reported earlier today, Monday, June 29, which was that of a 33 year-old female who is symptomatic and who currently is isolating at home.

Health officials said the 16th case is a 65 year-old woman who is symptomatic and who is isolating at home. The 17th case is a 61 year-old woman who likewise is symptomatic and isolating at home. Both women had had close contact with prior positive cases and were tested at the Coalfield Community COVID-19 testing event in Williamson on June 26 and 27.

As with all positive cases, the MCHD is notifying all those persons who have been in close contact with these three new cases, Blankenship noted.

He said these contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and will be monitored by the MCHD for signs and symptoms.

As of June 29, 1,469 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Mingo County with 1,449 having been determined negative, 17 now having been confirmed positive (with two deaths and 11 recoveries), and three probable cases, leaving the county with seven current active cases.

As continues to be the case, 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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