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Counties confirm new coronavirus cases

ELKINS — Local counties are compiling new confirmed cases of coronavirus, including the first in Barbour County and the third in Randolph County.

As of Thursday evening, Randolph County had three confirmed cases, according to the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, while Barbour County had one, Upshur County had one, Pendleton County had one, Hardy County had two, and Tucker County had three, according to the state Department of Health & Human Resources.

No positive cases had been confirmed in Grant or Pocahontas counties. West Virginia had a total of 217 cases, with two deaths, according to the DHHR.

Randolph’s third case “was associated with travel and the individual has self-quarantined since arriving in Randolph County in a private vehicle, alone,” Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease specialist at the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, said in a press release Thursday.

“Because the patient arrived from an endemic country and was well-informed as was the family/host, strict quarantine as well as use of masks, gloves, and sanitizing of surfaces has been observed. The patient has not been within 6 feet of anyone since arrival.”

Of the three Randolph County confirmed cases, “two are associated with foreign travel; these individuals have been on self-quarantine since reaching West Virginia,” Woodrum said. “For all three cases, all contacts have been identified and are self-quarantined and under daily monitoring.”

As of Thursday morning, 65 tests had been performed in Randolph County, with three positive results and 28 negatives returned. A total of 34 tests were still pending results, Woodrum said.

Regarding necessary supplies, Woodrum said, “Small shipments have been arriving from the national stockpile and have been distributed to the hospital and first responders and small amounts to direct care givers; however, much more is needed. The state government is seeking more supplies for all who need them.

“There are shortages of spray disinfectants, bleach, alcohol, hand sanitizers and, of course, masks, gowns, gloves,” she added.

For more information, go to the WV DHHR Coronavirus Hotline at 1-800-887-4304; the WV DHHR Coronavirus webpage at coronavirus.wv.gov; and the CDC coronavirus webpage at www.coronavirus.gov.

Look for updates on COVID-19 statistics and information in future editions of The Inter-Mountain.

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