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UPDATE: 10 COVID-19 cases in Preston County now linked to Myrtle Beach travel

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Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 12:46 PM EDT
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UPDATE (WDTV): 6/18/20 12:30 P.M.

Preston County Health Department officials Thursday morning learned of two additional COVID-19 cases stemming from travel to Myrtle Beach, bringing the total to 10.

It's not known how many people have been tested from the trip.

A free community testing event is being organized for July 10-11 in Preston County for minority and vulnerable populations. Details will be released in the coming weeks.


ORIGINAL STORY (WSAZ): 6/17/20

A recent cluster of COVID-19 cases in one West Virginia county has been linked to travel to Myrtle Beach, health officials announced Wednesday.

According to the Preston County Health Department, three people have tested positive for coronavirus, and results for several other tests are currently pending.

The department said all of the patients have one thing in common, recent trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

As a result, all Preston County residents who have traveled to Myrtle beach or any other crowded vacation destination in the last two weeks are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

If you are unable to self-quarantine, officials said people should wear face coverings in public and limit exposure to others.

Last week, the mayor of Myrtle Beach extended a COVID-19 emergency declaration for the city based based on the rising number of positive cases locally and statewide.

The new order is valid for 30 days unless it is ended sooner. It can also be extended again, if needed.

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