By Liz Beavers

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - Mineral County’s number of reported positive COVID-19 cases took the largest jump Wednesday since the pandemic started - five results in one day.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday takes the total to 34 for Mineral County.

Health department personnel are working to identify any potential persons who may have come in close contact with the latest positive individual, including family members, friends, co-workers and health care workers.

In addition, Mineral County will be the subject of state-directed testing by the W.Va. DHHR and National Guard on May 29-30, with the testing site to be announced at a later date.

Health officials continue to urge county residents to practice safe sanitation habits.

“We urge the community to continue to follow the guidance put forth by the CDC and the health department,” said A.Jay Root, health department administrator.

“The best practices to help slow the spread of the virus include following social distancing, wearing a mask in public places, and washing hands for at least 20 seconds.”

If symptoms develop, including a dry cough, fever, and/or shortness of breath, you should contact your health care provider for instructions.

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