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COVID-19 Cases In McDowell County

There are now seven (7) cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) that have been confirmed in McDowell County as of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, according to the Foothills Health District. As of Monday, 100 people have been tested, 62 have returned negative and 31 tests are still pending, according to the McDowell County Emergency Management. 

"McDowell County has been preparing for this reality and anticipated that our community would likely be impacted at some point," a press release read. "Public health staff have already initiated an investigation and will be identifying close contacts to contain the spread of disease. To protect individual privacy, no further information about the case will be released."

The first two cases were originally reported on March 24, 2020, with the third being reported two days later. Health Department Officials believe that the first individual who tested positive for COVID-19  (Coronavirus) was exposed to the virus during a trip out of state. The second individual had close contact with the first patient. These first two cases have been identified through Facebook and the McDowell News as Pastor Tony Shirley of New Manna Baptist Church and his wife, Rebecca Shirley. The other cases have not been made public.
Officials are working diligently to identify additional citizens who may have had contact with these individuals. All patients are quarantined and health officials are following protocol as they investigate connections. Officials' greatest concern is the adherence to the social distancing order, which is keeping at least 6-feet of space between you and other people, avoiding public places and only going out when it is absolutely necessary, and washing your hands frequently.

We will update the story as more information becomes available. The Chamber encourages the community to practice social distancing, adhere to the Shelter in Place Order and all health guidelines located in the Chamber's COVID-19 Resource Guide

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