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Two more positive tests at HCC

HUTTONSVILLE — Two more employees at Huttonsville Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. In total, four employees and two inmates have tested positive, and testing at the facility continued on Thursday.

“I’m told all four are doing well and are recovering at home. I’m also told that the two new cases were tested amid the ongoing contact tracing, and so are not among the batch of employee testing conducted with the assistance of the National Guard,” Lawrence Messina, the W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety communications director, said in an email to The Inter-Mountain.

He explained the two new staff members that tested positive were found through contact tracing conducted by the Elkins-Randolph County Health Department.

Messina said testing at the facility continued at 4 p.m. on Thursday. He said 203 staff members — and 43 inmates that live in a unit where two tested positive — were also tested on Wednesday.

According to documentation provided on at dhhr.wv.gov, as of 2 p.m., Thursday, at Huttonsville Correctional Center there have been 53 inmates tested, two tests returned positive, 11 returned negative; there are 40 tests pending and 45 inmates remain in quarantine.

Betsy Jividen, commissioner of the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said on Wednesday that both of the inmates who tested positive were isolated on Monday due to low-grade fevers. The 43 inmates who share a cell block with the two positive cases have been placed on quarantine and tested, but results are still pending.

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