By Liz Beavers

Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - Mineral County has received a total of 36 positive COVID-19 results since testing began during the pandemic.

Of those cases, 15 are currently active and 21 patients have recovered from the virus.

The largest jump of positive results received in one day was Wednesday, with five.

As additional positives are received, health department personnel work 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 drive-thru 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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