KEYSER - Mineral County has received notification of the 16th and 17th confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Mineral County Health Department.


By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mineral County has received notification of the 16th and 17th confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Mineral County Health Department.
The confirmations came on Thursday, the first day of Gov. Jim Justice’s move to reopen West Virginia businesses that have been shuttered since mid-March.
Health department administrator A.Jay Root said officials are working to identify any individuals, including family members, friends, co-workers and health care professionals, who may have come in contact with the latest two patients.
“We would urge our community to continue to follow guidance put forth by the CDC and health department,” Root said. “The best practices to help slow the spread of the virus include following social distancing, washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and covering your cough with your elbow or a tissue.
If symptoms like a dry cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath development, you are advised to contact your healthcare provider for instructions.
For further information about the coronavirus or COVID-19, visit the health department’s website at www.mineralcountyhealthdepartment.com.