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West Virginia Reports Second Coronavirus Case — This One In Mercer County

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A second West Virginia resident has tested positive for coronavirus, one day after the governor confirmed the state’s first positive case.  


The individual is being treated from home in Mercer County, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. 

As of Wednesday evening, the DHHR said the state has processed 148 tests in its lab, three of which are still pending. Those figures do not include commercial testing options, but if a hospital or private lab finds additional positive cases, the DHHR says it will relay the information to the public.  

WVU Medicine announced five drive-thru testing sites in Morgantown, Parkersburg, Bridgeport, Wheeling, and Martinsburg, according to the Associated Press.   

That announcement came after Gov. Jim Justice announced the state’s first confirmed case Tuesday evening in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.  

That individual’s symptomatic wife had plans to be checked on Wednesday, after telling the Martinsburg Journal how difficult it was for her and her husband to qualify for testing.  

Emily Allen is a Report for America corps member.


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