BLUEFIELD — A 10th coronavirus case has been reported in Mercer County, and the individual involved contracted the virus through community spread.
In its 5 p.m. update Wednesday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported a 10th COVID-19 case for Mercer County.
But the Mercer County Health Department, in its 3 p.m. update Wednesday, indicated there were only nine coronavirus cases for Mercer County.
Stacy Hicks, a member of the county board of health, later clarified the information after being contacted by the Daily Telegraph.
Hicks said the 10th case is a new case for Mercer County. There was some confusion over the exact number of cases in Mercer County after it was reported over the weekend that an employee of Princeton Health Care had tested positive for the virus. But that employee was not reported as a 10th case for Mercer County.
Hicks said there was no increase in Mercer County numbers from the report of the Princeton Health Care employee because that individual lived in another county, and not Mercer.
“This is a new case,” Hicks said of the 10th COVID-19 infection reported Wednesday evening.
Dr. Randy Stevens, chairman of the county board of health, confirmed the 10th case was the result of community spread of the virus.
Although there are now 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mercer County, eight of those cases involve individuals who have already recovered from the virus and are now out of quarantine.
As of Thursday morning, the DHHR was still reporting 10 COVID-19 cases for Mercer County.
In its 10 a.m. update Friday, the DHHR said there have been 446,844 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,136 positive, 45,708 negative and 46 deaths
According to the DHHR, the number of confirmed cases per county as follows: Barbour (5), Berkeley (147), Boone (6), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (43), Fayette (14), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (10), Hardy (5), Harrison (30), Jackson (130), Jefferson (79), Kanawha (160), Lewis (4), Lincoln (2), Logan (13), Marion (46), Marshall (12), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (10), Mineral (18), Mingo (2), Monongalia (102), Monroe (5), Morgan (11), Nicholas (6), Ohio (28), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (25), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (6), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (85), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (39), Wyoming (1).
**Note: Statistics from the DHHR have been altered from the print version of the Princeton Times to reflect Friday morning's latest numbers