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Hancock County reports 1st case

NEW CUMBERLAND — The first case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Hancock County has been confirmed.

The Hancock County Health Department, in a news release Thursday afternoon, announced it had received confirmation of a positive test for the virus.

The health department will not be releasing any additional demographic information relating to this case in order to protect the privacy of the individual, the release states.

Officials are working to identify anyone who may have had close contact with the individual, and will advise them on necessary actions including the need for isolation or quarantine. They said it’s expected COVID-19 will continue to spread.

“If we can limit community exposure to the disease, as difficult as it may be, we can make a tremendous impact on reducing the number of cases and lives put at extreme risk or even (lost),” the release stated. “To be clear, these strategies include: Stay at home. Wash hands often and for 20 seconds. Clean surfaces frequently with disinfectant. Social distancing when (needing) to be out.”

The first case of the novel coronavirus in West Virginia — a man in Jefferson County — was confirmed March 17 during a statewide address from Gov. Jim Justice. Following reports of additional cases throughout the state, Justice issued a stay-home order, which went into effect Tuesday.

The health department, in conjunction with the Brooke County Health Department, CHANGE Inc., Hancock County Office of Emergency Services, Hancock County Commission, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments, has been offering a drive-thru coronavirus testing site this week at Tomlinson Run State Park.

Today was the final day scheduled for the testing, with individuals asked to call (304) 564-3343, ext. 125 for pre-screening before they can be tested for the virus.

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