By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - As Mineral County’s total COVID-19 positives surpassed 100 Tuesday afternoon, the health department also reported that an employee of one of the county’s nursing homes has tested positive for the virus.
"The Mineral County Health Department has received confirmation of an employee testing positive for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) at the Dawnview Center nursing home in Fort Ashby," administrator A.Jay Root announced Tuesday.
The announcement came almost simultaneously with the announcement that Mineral County had reached a total of 102 positive cases since March. Twenty-two of those cases are currently active, and a total of four deaths have been attributed to COVID-related illnesses.
"The health department is working to identify any potential persons who may have had close contact with the individual (at Dawnview), including family members, friends, residents and health care professionals," Root said in a release posted to social media.
He went on to explain that, "Because of the ease of spread in a long-term care setting and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, a single case of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in a long-term care facility is defined as an outbreak."
As a result of the one positive, all residents and staff at Dawnview will now be tested.
For further information on COVID-19, visit www.mineralcountyhealthdepartment.com.