Appalachia deputy fire chief announces second COVID-19 case

Mike Still • Updated Apr 7, 2020 at 9:00 AM

APPALACHIA — An Appalachia Fire Department official has announced a second COVID-19 case in Wise County.

Deputy Fire Chief Travis Anderson, in a video clip on the department’s official Facebook page, said Ballad Health officials confirmed Sunday that the second patient — transported by a department ambulance crew on March 30 — had tested positive for COVID-19.

The department had transported another patient on March 29, Anderson said, and neither patient’s call had involved COVID-19 symptoms. He received confirmation Friday night from the state Department of Health that the March 29 patient — a 70-year-old male — had tested positive.

Anderson said the second patient was in “an isolated area close to the first case that was reported to us.”

The state Department of Health’s COVID-19 case tracking website included only one confirmed case for Wise County. According to the website, cases reported and confirmed through 5 p.m. are reported on the next day’s update at 9 a.m.

Anderson, who did not reply to messages, did not say on the video clip at what time he received notification on Sunday.

Virginia Department of Health officials and LENOWISCO Health District Director Sue Cantrell could not be reached for comment Monday.

If confirmed by VDH, the LENOWISCO Health District has four COVID-19 cases. Two cases were reported in Lee County on March 21, and Scott County and Norton have no reported cases.

The neighboring Cumberland Plateau Health District has reported four cases, one in Russell County and three in Tazewell County.

Washington County, Virginia, has five reported cases and Bristol, Virginia, one case. According to the VDH tracking site, 15 counties and two cities had no reported cases Monday out of 95 counties and 38 cities,

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