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COVID-19: Testing is important to checking spread

Steve Whited, CEO for Minnie Hamilton Health System, did not have to tell us all that he was quarantining after having come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. In fact, many people shy away from publicly sharing such information.

But in doing so, Whited achieved his goal of maintaining transparency and minimizing misinformation. Good for him.

He did something else. He showed the general public how easy it is to become one of the growing number of people personally affected by this virus.

His family had attended a small wedding, at which he said only immediate family were present. One would assume all those in attendance believed at the time that they were not carrying the virus. In fact, it was only after a member of the wedding party was tested because of his service with the National Guard a few days later that he found out he was positive.

How many of us have been in similar gatherings, with small numbers of trusted friends and family, in recent weeks? Plenty.

How many have then had the good fortune to get a heads up because one of those attendants was required to get tested? Probably not so many.

Whited did Mid-Ohio Valley residents a favor by reminding them even what seems like the safest of situations can be a means of coming in contact with COVID-19; and it is a good idea to get tested, even if you are showing no symptoms.

“All of those that have tested positive are currently asymptomatic and have no health concerns,” Whited said. “We will continue to self-quarantine per the health department’s guidelines and do not expect to have any additional exposures.”

That is wonderful news. It should inspire the rest of us, those without the kind of knowledge Whited and his family now have, to continue to do all we can to limit exposure. As their situation shows us, we simply never know.

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