CUMBERLAND – Both the Allegany County Health Department in Maryland and the Hardy County Health Department in West Virginia have reported their first positive tests for COVID-19.

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CUMBERLAND – Both the Allegany County Health Department in Maryland and the Hardy County Health Department in West Virginia have reported their first positive tests for COVID-19.
In Allegany County, the male, in his 60s, is said to have other underlying medical conditions and had recently traveled to a neighboring state. He is currently hospitalized at UPMC Western Maryland.
The health department did not say which state he had visited.
In Hardy County,  the patient has been in quarantine since arriving home in Hardy County, according to the Moorefield Examiner.
"Upon notification of a positive case, the Allegany County Health Department begins a contact investigation," the health department said in a press release. "During the contact investigation, the health department conducts interviews to determine where the patient has been and who he has been in contact with.
“The health department then notifies all individuals who came in contact with the patient while he was infectious.
"Individuals who came in contact with the patient must self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days," the release states.
Health officials stress that community members should stay home and only go out for essentials.
Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, disinfect high-touch surfaces, and stay away from others if you are not feeling well.
If you are seeking medical care, call ahead so your healthcare provider can offer guidance over the phone and take the necessary precautions if you must come into the office.