By | December 28, 2020

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 58 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of positives to 2,890 in McDowell County. There have been 30,135 tests conducted, 27,227 negative results and 18 tests are pending results. Presently, there are 433 individuals in quarantine, 2,411 out of quarantine and 46 deaths. McDowell County’s 14-day positivity rate is 22.7%.

”Widespread community transmission continues throughout McDowell County. The number of positive cases continues to rise and we won’t see the repercussions from Christmas gatherings for another 7-10 days. Please be safe, wear a mask, avoid all gatherings, and take care of each other. Continue to get tested if you have been exposed, quarantine at home away from others if you are positive or live with a positive, and consider getting the vaccine when it is available to you.” stated Public Health Director Karen Powell.

Emergency Services and Public Health staff continue to work 7 days a week responding to this pandemic. Both agencies continue to offer assistance and logistical support to facilities that are experiencing current outbreaks of COVID-19. Outbreaks are defined by DHHS as: two or more cases of COVID-19 in a congregate living facility within 28 days. The current outbreaks in McDowell County are:

Marion Correctional Institution: a total of 61 staff and 115 inmates have tested positive.
McDowell County Detention Center: a total of 28 inmates and 4 staff have tested positive. 3 staff members have recovered.
Clear Sky Behavioral: a total of 2 staff and 4 residents have tested positive.
Autumn Care of Marion: a total of 34 staff and 66 residents have tested positive. A total of 60 residents and 32 staff members have recovered since testing positive for COVID-19. A total of 6 residents have died due to COVID-19.
Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation: a total of 4 staff member and 1 resident have tested positive.
Cedarbrook Residential Center: a total of 4 staff members have tested positive.

The McDowell County COVID-19 Hotline continues to operate 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The COVID-19 Hotline number is (828) 527- 6687. The Spanish line can be reached by calling 828-460-1256. If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and inform the dispatcher that you have symptoms of COVID-19. To view McDowell County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, please click the following link: http://www.mcdowellem.com/covid-19-information.html

Free COVID-19 testing will be conducted at the following locations via a drive-thru setup:

McDowell County Health Dept; Wednesday, December 30th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.