More than 800 tested Saturday for COVID-19

ELKINS — More than 800 Randolph County residents were tested, free of charge, for COVID-19 on Saturday at Davis Medical Center and the Mill Creek location of Valley Health Care.

During their weekly COVID-19 update conference call Monday, the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management and the Randolph-Elkins Health Department announced that roughly 70% of Saturday’s test results have been returned and so far, all have been negative.

The free testing sites were announced by Gov. Jim Justice last week after the outbreak of positive cases at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County.

“There were 313 (residents) tested by six wonderful people at the Mill Creek site and I want to commend Valley Health Care because they used their own staff and they shouldered the expense,” Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease nurse with the Health Department, said during Monday’s call.

“There were 500 tests done at the Elkins site at the hospital and, again, the hospital provided the staff, the setup and they even provided lunch. These people are to be commended, honestly.”

“The sample kits came in from the state, they were picked up by LabCorps, and the results have started coming in,” Woodrum said.

“We will call the people that were tested, do not call us. As they come in, we will notify people (as to their tests being) negative or positive.”

Woodrum stated that Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady and his deputies assisted at the Mill Creek testing location to keep traffic incidents at bay.

“Mark was in Mill Creek to make sure there weren’t any traffic snarls since (citizens) had to come right off the main road but he said it all went smoothly up there,” she said.

During the conference call Cindy Hart, director of the OEM, said that Randolph County cases make up 6.5% of West Virginia’s positives.

As of Monday, Randolph County had 136 positive cases, officials said.

Outside of HCC, four individuals are quarantined and the other 13 cases have recovered fully. Randolph County also remains at zero deaths from COVID-19.

The next conference call will take place on Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m.


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