KEYSER - A total of 164 people in Mineral County have been tested for COVID-19, with seven testing positive so far.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A total of 164 people in Mineral County have been tested for COVID-19, with seven testing positive so far.
Mineral County Health Department administrator A.Jay Root confirmed Thursday afternoon that the county had received its seventh positive test result. The patient, like three others before, is employed in Allegany County.
Three patients who tested positive since the first one was reported on April 2 are considered as having recovered from the virus because they have been released from isolation.
Results from six of the 164  tests were pending as of Thursday.
“The social distancing really seems to be working,” health department administrator A.Jay Root told the News Tribune April 10.
“We continue to urge our community to continue to follow guidance put forth by the CDC and the health department,” he said.
No information has been released on any of the positive patients, although the Allegany County Health Department did confirm that three of them were employed in Allegany County, Maryland. The Allegany County Health Department has been working with Mineral County to investigate anyone who may have had direct contact with the patients.
Root also reminds the public that 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