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Preston County COVID-19 surge causes cancellations

KINGWOOD — Fourteen new cases Tuesday, 30 on Wednesday, another 20 on Thursday.

The number of COVID-19 cases is mounting at an unprecedented rate in Preston County, and Friday the State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) said the county has a total of 420 combined confirmed and probable cases.

There’s always a lag between the state and local tallies as information is exchanged, and the Preston County Health Department reported 385 confirmed cases and 52 probable Thursday, for a total of 437.

The death toll among Preston County residents due to COVID-19 remains at six.

The latest cancellation due to COVID-19 is the Main Street Kingwood Christmas Parade. And on Tuesday, Kingwood City Council will consider a request from Kingwood Parks and Recreation to cancel its annual Christmas bazaar, which had been set for Dec. 5.

Already cancelled for the holiday season are the Bruceton Lion’s Club Christmas parade, Kingwood Presbyterian Church Christmas bazaar and the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Christmas bazaar.

Free virus testing is available at four sites in Preston County. Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital offers testing 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in the main parking lot.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital COVID Line at 304-329-7285 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available at other times Monday-Friday.

Preston-Taylor Community Health Clinics are offering testing by appointment Monday through Friday. Call the Eglon Clinic at 304-735-3409, Newburg at 304-892-2812 or Rowlesburg at 304-454-2421.