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Doddridge County reports first two COVID-19 cases

Vienna Public Library closes after employee tests positive for virus

The Vienna public library will be closed through Aug. 7 due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. (Photo by Candice Black)

WEST UNION — In the midst of rising COVID-19 numbers, Doddridge County saw its first two positive cases and the Vienna Public Library had an employee test positive, resulting in the closure of the library for two weeks.

According to the Doddridge County Health Department, despite the first positive case, it is no cause for panic and the department encourages everyone to remain diligent with hand washing and wearing masks.

“The news of a positive result has been expected at some point with the virus having been diagnosed in our surrounding counties and states,” the health department said.

Debbie Davis, health department administrator, said the positive case reported last month from the North Central Regional Jail ended up being a false positive so this is the first case.

As per state guidelines, all tests to the jail are to be counted as cases for Doddridge County, Davis said.

The patient who tested positive is not showing symptoms and all those who were in contact with the patient have been contacted and are following all protocols.

Doddridge County residents have been diligent with wearing their masks and avoiding large gatherings, Davis said.

Sunday evening, the Vienna Public Library shared a Facebook status announcing the closure of the library after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

Patrons who visited the library from July 6 though July 17 are encouraged to contract their health care provider if they are concerned about exposure.

All staff members were sent home to quarantine for 14 days and are encouraged to get tested.

The building will open Aug. 7 and during the time of the closure, the library will conduct a thorough cleaning and sanitizing.

While the building is closed, browsing appointments and curbside services will not be available, but items can still be returned in the book drop and online services are available at viennapubliclibrary.com.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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