This week the Mingo County Health Department reported five  new positive cases of COVID-19 in Mingo County.

MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship said the 20th case, confirmed on Saturday, July 4, was that of a 67 year old male who is symptomatic and is isolating at home. The 21st and 22nd cases, he noted, were confirmed on Wednesday, July 8. The 23rd and 24th cases, he said, were confirmed Thursday, July 9.

Blankenship said it was reported late last week by the MCHD that the county had received notification of its 20th case. However, because one of the most recent cases was later determined to be a Pike County, Kentucky resident, he noted that in actuality the 67 year-old male was the 20th confirmed case.

The 21st case was that of a 33 year-old asymptomatic male, who also is isolating at home, Blankenship said.

He said the 22nd case is a 41 year-old male who is symptomatic, who is additionally isolating at home.

The 23rd case is a 45 year-old female with symptoms and the 24th case is a 47 year-old male who is also symptomatic, both of whom are also isolating at home.

As with all positive cases, the MCHD is notifying all those persons who have been in close contact with these five 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, 1,816 COVID-19 tests have been administered in Mingo County with 1,790 having been determined negative, 24 now having been confirmed positive (with two deaths and 15 recoveries) and two current probable cases. Blankenship said this leaves the county with six currently active cases.

Gov. Jim Justice on July 6 issued an executive order mandating that West Virginians over the age of nine wear a mask in public indoor spaces when social distancing isn’t possible.

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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