KEYSER - The Mineral County Health Department confirmed on Friday that a 12th patient has tested positive for COVID-19.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Health Department confirmed on Friday that a 12th patient has tested positive for COVID-19.
Mineral County Health Department administrator A.Jay Root also told the News Tribune that, as of Thursday, a total of 230 Mineral County residents have been tested for COVID-19.
Of those 230, 12 were positive, 206 were negative, and 12 results are pending.
So far, seven of the 10 positives - including Friday’s No. 12, have been employed in Allegany County.
The health departments from both Mineral and Allegany are currently conducting a joint investigation as to any persons who might have come in close contact with the latest individuals in Mineral County, including family members, friends and health care professionals.
In addition, Root said the county’s two nursing homes - Piney Valley in Keyser and Dawnview in Fort Ashby - have been testing their residents and staff in compliance with Gov. Jim Justice’s directive that every nursing home in West Virginia be tested.
“Dawnview is done their testing, and Piney Valley is in the process,” he said. “By next week, we’ll have the results and you’ll see the numbers increase,” he said.
Root continues to emphasize that the county’s results have been low compared to other areas due to the precautions being taken.
“The social distancing really seems to be working,” he said.
“We continue to urge our community to continue to follow guidance put forth by the CDC and the health department,” he said.
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