More COVID-19 cases popping up in West Virginia linked to Myrtle Beach outbreak

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice discussed the recent surge in COVID-19 cases being seen at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, again cautioning residents who are considering traveling to the popular vacation destination that there are now outbreaks in 11 West Virginia counties that are tied to residents traveling to the Myrtle Beach area.

This number is up from six counties experiencing outbreaks as of Monday.

The following counties that have reported to DHHR that they are investigating outbreaks:

  • Preston County: 32 individuals positive with 10 probable cases
  • Berkeley County: 13 individuals positive
  • Kanawha County: 8 individuals positive
  • Raleigh County: 6 individuals positive
  • Cabell County: 5 individuals positive
  • Greenbrier County: 2 individuals positive
  • Putnam County: 2 individuals positive
  • Fayette County: 1 individual positive
  • Mercer County: 1 individual positive
  • Ritchie County: 1 individual positive
  • Taylor County: 1 individual positive

“I strongly would tell you that, if you’re thinking about going to Myrtle Beach, rethink what you’re doing,” Gov. Justice said. “And if you have been, go get tested. It’s really important that you do that.”

Click here for list of free testing locations

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