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3 new Preston COVID-19 cases may be connected to beach trip

KINGWOOD — The Preston County Health Department announced three new COVID-19 cases Tuesday that may be related to a trip to a beach. The department did not say which beach the people visited.

Health department staff has started an investigation and are in the process of identifying close contacts for those individuals involved. A close contact is anyone that has been within six feet for 15 minutes or more with an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.

All three cases appear to be related and may be associated with a recent trip to the beach, according to the Preston County Health Department.

The department “would like to caution anyone going on a vacation to a largely crowed area to be extra cautious while there and to practice social distancing, wash hands, wear face coverings and avoid large crowds where social distancing is next to impossible,” Health Department Director V.J. Davis said in the release.

The department also “strongly recommends if anyone has traveled to a largely crowded vacation area to self-monitor/ quarantine for 14 days upon return.”

These are the first confirmed cases in Preston County in the last two weeks.