UPDATE: Second positive COVID-19 case in McDowell County confirmed

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WELCH, WV (WVNS) — 4/5/2020 9:20 p.m. UPDATE: A second case of COVID-19 in McDowell County is confirmed.

The McDowell County Health Department said the second victim had known risk factors related to travel, similar to the first case announced earlier on Sunday. The second patient showed symptoms, but is recovering at home.

The department further said the two confirmed cases appear to be unrelated.

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WELCH, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: The McDowell County Health Department confirmed the county’s first positive COVID-19 case.

The department said the person had known risk factors related to travel and has been under quarantine since returning home, where they are now recovering.

Officials are working diligently to identify additional people who may have had contact with this individual. They also said with this being the county’s first positive case, they want to reiterate the importance of proper handwashing and social distancing.

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