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COVID-19 Cases From Myrtle Beach On The Rise; State Offers Free Testing In Southern W.Va

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

State and local health officials have arranged for free testing in Boone, Lincoln, McDowell, Raleigh and Wyoming counties next week. 

Testing is free, and people don’t need to have symptoms or insurance to get it. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources does require identification, though, like a driver’s license. 

Both the Cabell and Kanawha health departments said their staff are investigating at least five cases of COVID-19, all related to recent travel to the Myrtle Beach area. 

This comes after the Preston County Health Department identified another cluster of positive cases earlier this week, which also were linked to recent Myrtle Beach trips. 

Contact tracers in Cabell County are investigating the situation. The local health department advises anyone who might have the disease to quarantine. 

This comes roughly a week after state health experts shared concerns regarding an increased potential for disease spread in the southern counties, following church outbreaks and a likely increase in out of state tourists. 

The testing sites in southern West Virginia are at the following locations:


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Emily Allen is a Report for America corps member.