Wood County, W.Va. Confirms Second Positive Case of COVID-19

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WOUB) — The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department (MOVHD) confirmed a second positive case of COVID-19 in Wood County, West Virginia on Thursday, March 26.

Both are being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, according to a release from the department.

The MOVHD is conducting an investigation.

If you are identified as a person who was in contact with either case, MOVHD will reach out to you to assess, give guidance and monitor for signs and symptoms of illness.

To be infected with COVID-19, you need to be in close contact with a sick person. Close contact includes living in the household with a person with COVID-19, caring for that person, being within six feet of that person or being in direct contact with their secretions.

The department asked that if you have been in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, remain at home and monitor your temperature twice a day and report any coughing, wheezing, sneezing or shortness of breath to your health care provider. Inform them that you have been exposed to COVID-19.

Testing must be determined by your healthcare provider.

“It is important that citizens take Governor Justice’s Stay at Home Order seriously,” the release read. “If you must go out, use every precaution – physical distancing of at least six feet away when standing in line for groceries and take out, washing hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds, and being aware of surfaces that may have germs.”

On Friday, March 27, as of 11:45 a.m., the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 76 positive cases and 1779 negative tests.


Editor’s note: A portion of this article that mentioned the first confirmed death from COVID-19 in West Virginia has been removed. The nursing home where the death was presumed by the DHHR stated there was a miscommunication, and that there had been no death at their site as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27.