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Second case of COVID-19 reported in Wood County

PARKERSBURG — A second person in Wood County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reported on Thursday.

“Both (patients) are being treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center,” the emailed news release said.

No further information about the patients was provided.

The release goes on to say that once informed of a positive test result, the health department begins an investigation.

“If you are a person who was identified as a contact, MOVHD will reach out to you to assess, give guidance and monitor for signs and symptoms of illness,” it said.

People generally need to have been in close contact with someone who has the virus to become infected with COVID-19, the release says.

“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 and inform them that you have been exposed to COVID-19,” the release said.

Anyone who develops symptoms without known close contact with an infected person should also stay home and contact their health care provider, who will determine if testing should be done.

The department reminds people to adhere to West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s stay-at-home order.

“When people ignore the stay-at-home order, you jeopardize not only yourself but all of those (with whom) you come in contact,” the release said.

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