The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) and Tucker County Office of Emergency Management (TCOEM) was notified today that a Tucker County resident has tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The individual was quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol. This case is not associated with travel outside West Virginia or known contact with another positive case. The source is unknown and suggests community spread. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. The TCHD has initiated an investigation and has been identifying close contacts. These contacts will be quarantined and monitored according to CDC protocol.
This positive is Tucker County’s fourth confirmed positive COVID-19 case and it is a reminder that COVID-19 isn’t gone, and we need to continue to do all we can to prevent it’s spread.
We must follow these recommendations:
-Stay at home
-Only go out for essential reasons
-If you go out for an essential reason, maintain 6-feet social distancing
-Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
-Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Wearing a cloth face-covering in public settings is important because CDC’s studies are showing that people who have no symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people in public by speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. Locations where these transmissions could happen include places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical settings or any public place that puts people into a closed area.
The recommendation for the asymptomatic general public is to use a cloth face-covering fashioned from household items or made at home. The recommended cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
IF WE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES, WE CAN SLOW THE SPREAD, REDUCE ILLNESS AND SAVE LIVES!
Information and updates about COVID-19 are available at tuckerhealthwv.com or call DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7
Toll-free at 1-800-887-4304