Preston County COVID surge intensifies

KINGWOOD, W.Va. – Officials from the Preston County Health Department report a very high level of coronavirus activity.

On Friday, 56 new cases were confirmed in the. Additionally, in the last week there have been 224 new cases added to the total. Data from the DHHR says the highest number of new cases is being reported in the 20-year-old and younger age group. Slightly more than 35-percent of the Preston County population is fully vaccinated.

Officials believe the surge to peak around the end of the month.

Health department officials are asking people to wear masks when around others, avoid large gatherings of people- outside or inside and get vaccinated.

People that have tested positive should isolate away from others, including those in your household, do not go out, don’t go back for another test and contact your primary care doctor for further advice.

If you know you’ve been exposed quarantine, if you are fully vaccinated quarantine is not needed, but you should wear a mask when around others and if you have symptoms stay away from others.

There have been no plans to restrict, cancel or postpone the Resonance Music and Arts Festival on Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown or the 80th Buckwheat Festival planned for September 30 through October 3.