Over 100 Myrtle Beach Visitors with Roanoke Links Test Positive on COVID-19


ROANOKE, Virginia (WDBJ) – More than 100 recently visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina tested positive for the Roanoke City-Alleghany Health Districts for COVID-19.

That exceeds the number of health workers in the district who have tested positive.

That’s according to Dr. Molly O’Dell with the Roanoke City-Alleghany Health Districts.

Myrtle Beach is a hot spot for coronavirus, and health officials urge anyone who has been there recently, or who has spent time with someone who has been there, to be quarantined for two weeks.

At the same time, according to the sister station WMBF in Myrtle Beach, nearly 100 teens in the Washington, DC area have tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to Myrtle Beach.

According to David Goodfriend, director of health for Loudon County, Virginia, he recently contacted Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen with concerns about the city, allowing 40 or more people to share a home and throw parties they attended. more than 100 people.

“The affected cases reported that up to 50 people stayed in individual homes and parties involving hundreds of people,” the Goodfriend email said. “Establish and / or enforce social distancing requirements to help prevent future large numbers of people from becoming ill from their visit to Myrtle Beach, and potentially bringing their infection to those at high risk of dying from COVID- 19 “.

Goodfriend said he is still waiting for a response from the city. She added that the area she oversees has seen triple-digit cases after a recent trip to Palmetto state.

Phase Three begins on Wednesday when the percentage of positive tests for COVID-19 increases slightly

The Virginia cases come after health officials in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky said they have clusters of travel-related cases in Myrtle Beach.

Last week, a health notice from the Kentucky Department of Public Health recommended that residents who have recently traveled to Myrtle Beach self-quantify.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced last week that the percentage of positive tests continues to decline or remains stable, Phase 3 of reopening of the Virginia economy will begin Wednesday, July 1.

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