This week the Mingo County Health Department reported seven new positive cases of COVID-19 in Mingo County.
MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said the 14th case, confirmed on Saturday, June 27, was that of a 38-year-old female who is symptomatic and is isolating at home. The 15th, 16th, and 17th cases, he noted, were all confirmed on Monday, June 29.
The 15th case was that of a 33-year-old female, who also is symptomatic and is isolating at home, Blankenship said.
He said the 16th case is a 65 year-old woman who is symptomatic, with 17th case being that of a 61-year-old woman who likewise is symptomatic. Both are additionally isolating at home.
The 18th and 19th cases were that of siblings, a 12-year-old female and a 13-year-old male, both of whom are also symptomatic and who are also isolating at home with their family. These two cases, along with the 20th case, that of a 40-year-old male with symptoms, were confirmed Wednesday, July 1, Blankenship said.
As with all positive cases, the MCHD is notifying all those persons who have been in close contact with these seven latest cases, Blankenship noted.
He said the contacts of all these individuals will be asked to self-quarantine and will be monitored by the MCHD for signs and symptoms.
As of presstime, 1,693 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Mingo County with 1,670 having been determined negative, 20 now having been confirmed positive (with two deaths and 13 recoveries), and three current probable 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.