Covid-19 Update

PRINCETON — Health officials confirmed two more coronavirus cases for Mercer County this week.

The county’s 14th case was reported on Tuesday, and a 15th case was confirmed on Wednesday. 

Both of the new COVID-19 cases are the result of domestic travel, according to Matthew Bragg, sanitarian for the Mercer County Health Department.

One of the two new cases involves an employee at Bluefield State College, college officials confirmed earlier this week.

Jim Nelson, BSC’s interim communications director, told the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that not many of the college’s personnel had contact with the individual. Nelson said much of the college’s meetings and other business have been conducted over the internet, “so it’s a very small number of people.”

According to Bragg, contact tracing has been completed in both cases. With the 14th case, 11 people who had contact with the individual who contracted the virus were identified through contact tracing and are now in isolation.

The health department didn’t indicate how many people were identified through contract tracing in the 15th case, only reporting that contacting tracing had been completed.

Of the 15 virus cases in Mercer County, 12 involve individuals who have already recovered from the virus and are now out of isolation. Another three people remain in isolation in Mercer County, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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