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Phil Perry/Coal Valley News A resident of Lick Creek in Boone County removes groceries from his trunk while wearing a protective mask in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Boone County notched its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on April 7.

DANVILLE – The Boone County Health Department confirmed that Boone County had notched its first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 7.

The age and sex of the individual who tested positive was unavailable but one source in Charleston communicated to the CVN that the positive test was conducted via Charleston Area Medical Center.

“The Health Department staff have been working with community partners for the last several weeks and more so years to prepare for this type of outbreak,” said Health Officer Dr. Philip Galapon via a press release. “All first responders and medical providers are working with the health department staff to ensure proper protocols are followed and the residents of our community stay as safe as possible.”

The BCHD reminds residents to practice social distancing in remaining at least six feet away from other people as recommended by the Center for Disease Control.

They recommend only one individual traveling out for necessities and returning home.

The Boone County Health Department requests that all residents wash their hands with soap and water, cover your cough and sneeze and get plenty of rest; all actions that will help prevent the spread of the virus as well as the common cold.

“Now more than ever is where public health can lead the charge to keep everyone healthy,” added Dr. Galapon. “Ensuring social distancing and only essential trips is actively flattening the curve. If at all possible, stay home and stay safe. If you have access to a mask, wear it. Surgical masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for medical personnel who need the extra respiratory protection. Simple masks, regardless of material demonstrate a reasonable amount of protection when combined with social distancing.”

Administrator Julie Miller with the BCHD spoke to citizens via a Facebook Live broadcast at 9:45 a.m.

“We just want to announce that there is one case of COVID-19 in Boone County,” she said. “This just means that it is here. You need to stay and continue to be vigilant. Stay home and only go out if it is absolutely necessary. If you are going out to the grocery store stay six feet apart and don’t gather in crowds.  Make sure you stay safe and wear a mask if you have a chronic lung disease that may make you immune-compromised. We have to be careful and we don’t want this to spread.”

For more information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-887-4304.

Residents may visit the Center for Disease Control website at cdc.gov, the West Virginia DHHR website at coronavirus.wv.gov or visit the Boone County Health Department’s Facebook page or call them at 304-369-7967.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.