WILLIAMSON — The fifth case of COVID-19 was confirmed Wednesday, May 27, in Mingo County, according to a news release from the Mingo County Health Department.
The person confirmed positive for the coronavirus is a 73-year-old male hospitalized with symptoms. The Health Department is notifying all those who were in close contact with him.
Currently, Mingo County has tested 673 people with five positive coronavirus cases, one probable case, 667 negative cases, two people recovered and one COVID-19 related death. That leaves two current active cases in Mingo County.
All confirmed active cases will be isolated. Close contacts of active cases will be asked to self-quarantine and will continue to be monitored for signs and symptoms by the local health department.
To protect the patient’s privacy, no other information about the person will be released.
The Health Department is asking the community to continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, if possible, and obey all Governor’s Executive Orders.
Those who feel they need to be tested should contact your primary care provider, a local hospital or a local healthcare clinic.
West Virginia reported its 75th death related to the novel coronavirus on Saturday, a 96-year-old man from Fayette County.
The DHHR also reported 2,017 cases of COVID-19 on Monday morning. There have been 98,095 total confirmatory laboratory results received for the virus.
As of Monday morning, cases by county (case confirmed by lab test/probable case) are: Boone (9/0), Lincoln (6/0), Logan (17/0), McDowell (6/0), Mingo (5/2), Wayne (100/0), Wyoming (3/0).
In Kentucky, 247 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 9,704. There were 13 new virus-related deaths reported Saturday, for a total of 431.
At least 3,231 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 1,761,503 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Sunday. More than 900 new deaths were reported, bringing the nation’s total to 103,700.
The Associated Press reports that for most people, the novel coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.