Webster County confirms first COVID-19 case

WEBSTER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Webster County is confirming its first case of COVID-19, which is travel related from Myrtle Beach, and the person is hospitalized.

The health department released the following information:

The Webster County Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of our first positive Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 in Webster County. This case is related to a positive case from Nicholas County that had traveled to Myrtle Beach. The patient is currently hospitalized for their illness. The health department will not be releasing any demographical information relating to this case to protect the privacy of this individual.

The health department staff is working to identify all potential persons who may have had close contact with the individual, including family members, friends, and health care workers. The contacts will be notified of the actions to take including the need for isolation or quarantine.

The best way to prevent or limit the spread of this virus is to reduce your exposure opportunities. If you do not have to leave your home, then don’t. You can protect yourself by limiting your contact with others, and by using proper hand washing and social distancing. We need to follow this to protect our citizens. We need to work together to protect our families and friends.

The only county in the state of West Virginia that does not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 is in Doddridge County.

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