On April 27, the Pocahontas County Health Department and the Pocahontas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management released information about a laboratory confirmed positive Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 case in Pocahontas County, related to travel. On April 28, a second positive case, a contact to the first was confirmed. The health department will not be releasing any demographic information relating to these cases to protect the privacy of these individuals.
On May 5, the two individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 will be released from quarantine, having met the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources criteria for release from self-isolation at home.
In order to discontinue home isolation, these individuals met the following criteria:
• Their test results have come back negative and their symptoms have resolved or
• At least seven days have passed since the symptoms first appeared and at least three days (or 72 hours) have passed since they recovered which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms – cough or shortness of breath.
Individuals with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms may discontinue home isolation when at least seven days have passed since the date of their positive COVID-19 test and who have had no subsequent illness.