The Mingo County Health Department on Thursday, June 25, reported the 13th positive case of COVID-19 in Mingo County.

According to MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship, the most recent case was that of a 56-year-old male who is symptomatic and who currently is isolating at home.

Earlier this week on Monday, June 22, the Mingo County Health Department reported the 12th positive case, that of a 59-year-old female who also is symptomatic and isolating at home.

These latest two cases followed closely on the heels of the 11th confirmed case, that of a 54 year-old male, which was announced by the MCHD on Friday, June 19.

As with all positive cases, the MCHD is notifying all those persons who have been in close contact with the individuals, 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 press time, 1,340 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Mingo County with 1,324 having been determined negative, 13 now having been confirmed positive (with two deaths and 10 recoveries), and three probable cases, leaving the county with four currently active cases.

Blankenship said there will be free testing for both West Virginia and Kentucky residents on Friday and and Saturday, June 26 and 27, in the parking lot across from the Williamson Health and Wellness Center at 183 E. 2nd Ave. in Williamson.

Times for testing both days will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The only requirements for those being tested are they must be 18 years of age or older and have a photo I.D at the time of testing. He said Logan Mingo Area Health will be providing transportation for those who need it and that handicap accessibility will be available. Transportation must be pre-arranged by calling the MCHD.

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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