McDowell County Health Officials conducting contract tracing after community swim

WELCH, WV (WOAY) – McDowell County Health Officials are asking those who attended a community night swim at Linkous Park pool to monitor symptoms after a person tested positive for COVID-19.

After speaking with officials from the State Health Department, The McDowell County Health Department would like to make the following statement:

The McDowell County Health Department is currently working on contact tracing for a positive COVID-19 case.

If you were at the community night swim at Linkous Park on Friday evening, July 24, 2020 in Welch, you may have been exposed to an individual who is confirmed positive for COVID-19.

The Health Department advises all those in attendance to self-monitor for 14 days. Symptoms to watch for are fever, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat, cough, nausea and/or vomiting, headache, and change in smell or taste.

If you feel you need tested, we ask that you wait until Wednesday, July 29, 2020, UNLESS you begin experiencing symptoms before that time. Please limit your activity for the 14 days. If you must go out it is imperative that you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

If you are identified as a known contact of this individual, the McDowell County Health Department will contact you.

If an individual is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they can call Tug River Health Association’s hotline at (304) 448-2300 between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. This line is being operated by a nurse who will ask screening questions to determine if you need testing. Or you may also contact the following numbers: Welch Community Hospital at (304)-436-8659 from 9 am to 9 pm or (304)-436-8630 outside of those times to inquire about the possibility of being tested; as well as, Bradshaw Medical at (304)-967-5034 and Yukon Medical at (304)-875-2302.

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