WYOMING COUNTY, W. Va. – An 8th positive case of COVID-19 in Wyoming County was announced yesterday, with free testing opportunities coming next week for residents of the county.

The Wyoming County Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of the 8th case, but will not be releasing any demographical information relating to these cases to protect the privacy of these individuals during this time of illness.

Health Department staff are currently working on contact tracing to ensure the safety of close contacts and to prevent further transmission.

This positive case is a reminder that everyone must remain vigilant and practice good social distancing measures. When in public, it’s recommended to wear a mask or a cloth cover over the face to prevent the spread of the virus.

As reopening phases continue, its expect that cases will continue to rise in the area. The best way to prevent or limit the spread of this virus is to limit exposure opportunities. If you do not have to leave the house, don’t, urged the Health Department.

For anyone venturing out, please practice social distancing, wear a mask, and wash you hands as much as possible.

To increase COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, WV Department of Health and Human Resources, WV National Guard and Wyoming County Health Department will provide free testing on June 22, 23, and 25th.

On Monday, June 22nd, testing will be held at Berlin McKinney Elementary School in Oceana, WV from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Later the same day, testing will be available at Palisades Park in Pineville from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 23rd, testing will be held in Mullens at the City Parking Lot, 316 Howard Avenue from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The final day of testing will be held in Hanover on June 25th at Lizard Creek Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

These testing opportunities are available to all individuals in Wyoming County, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is not required but identification, such as a driver’s license or proof of address will be required to be tested. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Testing will be conducted on a first come, first-served basis.

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