Sussex County has 10 more positive COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Douglas County

The Will County Health Department announced 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death in the county on Wednesday.

The novel coronavirus is having a greater impact on the Ohio Valley now, with Ohio County reporting its first two positive COVID-19 cases and Belmont County having its third positive test and a possible fourth case.

As of noon, that brings the total cases in DeKalb County up to three, said Lisa Gonzalez, public health administrator. He pointed to national news reports indicating there was more testing for the virus available, which could account for significant increases across the country.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were still 103 tests pending results in St. Lawrence County.

Brandy reiterated the confirmed cases were found all over the county. "Actively social distance and stay home as much as possible, and wash your hands as much as possible", said Alison Kerr, health department spokeswoman. Anyone identified as a close contact, per New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) guidelines, is in their home under self-quarantine and being monitored by the SCDOH staff. "All contact and/or information concerning this or an other Coronavirus case will be through the Sussex County Health Dept". The individual is isolated at her residence and is expected to remain there until cleared by the health department.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Sheridan inmate population. Ohio Valley residents who are interest in being testing should call the one-call number at 304- 221-3996.

"Some clients might be asked to be retested", Gamble said.

The St. Lawrence County Health Department, in concert with Gov. Cuomo and state agencies, is urging residents to stay home, avoid gatherings and avoid contact with other people.

In West Virginia, Gamble said, "Results are reported from the testing facility, in this case Wheeling Hospital or the WV State Lab (only positives), to the patient". He added that to his knowledge, the majority of COVID-19 patients in Will County had some sort of additional underlying health condition. She said the county is experiencing a shortage of test, of which there is a nationwide shortage. The results are then sent to the patient's physician for follow-up (both negative and positive).

"Positive results are also reported to the county health department, in which we then begin our contact investigation and follow-up", Gamble said.

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