KEYSER - A total of 130 people in Mineral County have been tested for COVID-19, with only three testing positive so far.


By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A total of 130 people in Mineral County have been tested for COVID-19, with only three testing positive so far.
According to statistics released Friday morning by the Mineral County Health Department, those three positives have since recovered from the virus.
Results from 14 of the 130 tests were pending as of Friday.
“The social distancing really seems to be working,” health department administrator A.Jay Root told the News Tribune Friday.
“We continue to urge our community to continue to follow guidance put forth by the CDC and the health department,” he said.
No information was released on the three positives in the county, except that two of them were employed in Allegany County, Maryland, and the Allegany County Health Department was working with Mineral County to investigate anyone who may have had direct contact with the patients.
Root also told the News Tribune that as of Wednesday, April 8, drive-thru testing is available at WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital, where the majority of testing is performed for Mineral County.
“You still need a physician’s order to get the test done,” he said.
According to the CDC, the most effective means to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus are:
‒ Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
‒ Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
‒ Avoiding exposure to others who are sick.
‒ Staying home when you are ill.
‒ Continue to practice social distancing
If symptoms develop (dry cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath) contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.
For more information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit  www.mineralcountyhealthdepartment.com