For several weeks, the Washington County Health Department was not tracking any COVID cases in the county. That changed in the last week.
Five cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the county in the last week, the largest weekly spike in cases since the start of the pandemic.
The first case, a male in his 20s, was in close contact through his employment. He is currently being quarantined and is doing well, according to the release.
WCHD was notified of another case on Friday. A man in his 40s who had recently returned from Florida. He is currently isolated at home with mild to moderate symptoms.
On Monday, WCHD received word that three more people had tested positive, bringing the weekly total to five.
Included in those three cases were a female in her 50s, who is believed to contracted the virus through community spread. Her symptoms are classified as mild to moderate.
The other two cases identified Monday were a male in his 50s and a female in her late teens. Both were in contact with infected people, and their symptoms are mild.
Those five new cases bring the total number in the county to 24. Four of the cases are classified as active. Washington County had not suffered a death.
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