MORGANTOWN — The Preston County Health Department said March 26 that the county only has one case of COVID-19, contrary to West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources figures.
In a release, the department says, “There is an individual that has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus that has a permanent address in Preston County, however that individual does not currently reside in Preston County.
“When there is another confirmed case, The Preston County Health Department will release a statement confirming it and an investigation will follow.”
The release goes on to give tips to reduce the spread of coronavirus, including:
- Stay home, only go out for essential items or trips.
- Practice social distancing stay 6 feet away from others.
- Continue illness prevention practices
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoiding exposure to others who are sick.
- Staying home when you are ill.
Preston Memorial Hospital has established a COVID-19 Coronavirus testing site in the parking lot of Kingwood Elementary school. Do not come directly to the testing site, if you believe you need tested, please call Preston Memorial Hospital at 304-329-7285.
- When you call, you will be pre-screened over the phone
- You must meet the current testing criteria. (Symptoms and Exposure History)
- If you meet the testing criteria, you will be given instructions as to how to proceed to the testing site.
You can also call your doctor or local clinic to obtain information on testing and how to go about being tested.
DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304 or contact Preston County Health Department at 304-329-0096 or visit www.prestoncountyhealthdepartment.com