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Coronavirus case in Pleasants County

ST. MARYS – A Pleasants County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said.

It’s the first positive test in the county, along with two in Wood County and a total of seven in Jackson County.

No additional information was provided about the patient.

After learning of a positive test, the Health Department begins an investigation, identifying people with whom the infected individual has been in contact and reaching out to provide assessment and guidance, the department said in a release.

To be infected, a person generally must have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. This includes living with or caring for an infected person, being within six feet of that person or coming in contact with their secretions, the release says.

People who have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should stay home, monitor their temperature twice a day and report any coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath to their health care provider.

Someone who develops these symptoms, even if they are not aware of contact with an infected person, should also stay home and notify their health care provider, who will determine whether testing is needed.

The Health Department also reminds people to comply with West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s Stay-at-Home order.

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