3 West Virginia COVID-19 cases linked to Myrtle Beach

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PRESTON COUNTY, WV (WOWK/WBTW) — A West Virginia county is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 among residents who have traveled to Myrtle Beach.

The health department says three cases of COVID-19 in Kanawha County have been traced to travel related to Myrtle Beach. Other cases linked to the vacation area were first reported from the Preston County Health Department on Wednesday

Tests are pending on others, and the Preston County Health Department said they would not be surprised to see future cases. The health department is asking Preston County residents who traveled to Myrtle Beach, any beach, or any crowded vacation destination in the last two weeks to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Meanwhile, health officials in Huntington, West Virginia, are now investigating cases of COVID-19 possibly linked to Myrtle Beach travel. The department’s case contact tracing unit says it is completing the interviewing process in the investigation and advising isolation and quarantine procedures those affected.

Health officials are urging anyone who has traveled to the Myrtle Beach area to get tested for the virus. If they cannot quarantine, the health department asks that they limit their exposure to others and wear a face mask when in public or around other people.

Last week Myrtle Beach extended the city’s Emergency Declaration, and several restaurants temporarily closed over virus concerns. Local officials in South Carolina say the increased cases in the state are the result of increased testing.

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