Positive COVID-19 case leads to quarantine recommendations for others potentially exposed at Monongalia County gym

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — More than 200 people who visited a gym in Monongalia County on June 24 were being advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 after confirmation of a COVID-19 case in another client.

In a weekend press release, officials with the Monongalia County Health Department said the advisory applied to anyone who was at the Planet Fitness located at Fort Pierpont Drive in Morgantown between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on that Wednesday.

Health department officials estimated 205 people were potentially exposed.

For those self-quarantining, “They should also do their best to stay away from others in their household,” said Dr. Lee B. Smith, executive director and county health officer for the Monongalia County Health Department, in a statement.

“Ways to do this would be to stay primarily in one area of the home and wear a mask if you must be around others.”

For those potentially exposed, the self-quarantine window would run through July 8.

People who developed symptoms — shortness of breath, fever, dry cough, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and loss of smell — were being told to contact their primary care providers to find out about protocols for being tested.

Gyms and fitness centers were permitted to reopen in West Virginia on May 18 under state guidelines designed to limit coronavirus spread.

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