Mercer County reports sharp increase in COVID-19 cases due to Myrtle Beach travel

Coronavirus Surge

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – The Mercer County Health Department is reporting an influx of COVID-19 cases, half of which are related to travel to Myrtle Beach.

Out of the 16 new positive cases in the last two weeks, 50% of those are related to travel to Myrtle Beach, 25% are related to travel in other areas, and the additional 25% is from community transmission.

To date, there have been 283 individuals that have been identified through contact tracing and isolated due to contact with a positive COVID-19 case.

Ninety-one people have been identified due to the latest 16 positive cases and are currently in isolation.

Mercer County has had 29 cases of COVID-19, 13 of those have recovered, and 16 remain in isolation.

Currently, there are 67 test results pending.

Please remember as you travel to try and be aware of the local COVID-19 situation and any hot-spots. Be sure to protect yourself and others while vacationing by observing COVID-19 safety protocols. These protocols include social distancing of at least 6 feet, wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible, and regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap.

– Mercer County Health Department

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