Lewis County at 28 cases of COVID-19, six active

Lewis County Health Director Anita Bertram said Lewis County is now at 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

She said health department workers are making contact investigations and follow-ups with the latest cases.

Details about the individuals will not be provided because of medical privacy laws.

“By not wearing a mask and not practicing social distancing, we increase our odds of giving or getting COVID-19,” Bertram said.

“People should be mindful even when experiencing mild symptoms,” she said. “Often COVID can start with very mild symptoms but you can be very infectious during this time of mild illness.”

Bertram urges area residents to practice social distancing, wear masks in public, and wash your hands frequently.

She also suggests that when possible, you should avoid situations where there are groups of people.

“It is very important to say home if you are sick,” Bertram said. “People are going around other people while sick.”

Local coronavirus testing is for anyone age 18 and older and is available by appointment at the Lewis County Health Department four days a week. There is no charge for the test.

Those under the age of 18 should consult with a physician or contact the health department concerning testing.

Lewis County’s first confirmed case was reported on March 25.

Twenty-two of the cases are now fully recovered, Bertram said, leaving six active identified cases in the county on Friday.

COVID-19 testing by appointment is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 3:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

To make an appointment to be tested, or for more information, call the Lewis County Health Department at 606-796-2632.

Lewis County residents may dial 606-202-8600 for more information on COVID-19. The state hotline is 800-722-5725.

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