Coronavirus Updates

WV county sees COVID-19 outbreak from residents traveling to Myrtle Beach


UPDATE 3:16 p.m. 6/17/2020: The total number of positive tests has risen to eight related to the outbreak in Preston County, according to the Preston County Health Department.

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. 6/17/2020: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced during his daily press briefing the number of positive tests has risen to seven cases related to the outbreak in Preston County.

PRESTON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) The Preston County Health Department is in the process of investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 among Preston County residents who have traveled to Myrtle Beach.

So far three individuals have tested positive for COVID-19 tests are pending on other individuals. The health department said they would not be surprised to see future cases.

The health department is asking Preston County residents who traveled to Myrtle Beach, any beach, or any crowded vacation destination in the last two weeks to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The health department is asking if you cannot quarantine it is not possible, to limit your exposure to others and wear a face mask if in public or around others.

Last week Myrtle Beach extended the city’s Emergency Declaration. Local officials in South Carolina say the increased cases in the state are the result of increased testing.

Here are a few restaurants in Myrtle Beach closing due to COVID-19.

For more information, call the Preston County Health Department at (304) 329-0096.

If you have any cold or flu symptoms, please contact Preston Memorial Hospital at (304) 329-7285 to discuss testing.

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