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No COVID-19 deaths reported in Randolph

Upshur has 18 confirmed cases

ELKINS — Some reports are indicating there has been a COVID-19 related death in Randolph County, but local health officials said there have been no deaths and there are currently only three active cases among the community in Randolph County.

“There are no reported deaths from Randolph County,” Randolph-Elkins Health Department Infectious Disease Specialist Bonnie Woodrum said during a COVID-19 conference call on Monday. “To my knowledge and the states, we did not have a death.”

Woodrum said there has been a total of 156 people in the county who have tested positive, but only three of those cases remain active in the community. She said at Huttonsville Correction Center there are two active cases, but 35 inmates remain in quarantine due to possible contacts with those infected. She said 14 employees have tested positive since the beginning of the outbreak, but only two employees remain in quarantine and the rest have recovered.

“There are only three people in the community who are still in quarantine,” she said. “One of those is currently in Ruby (Memorial Hospital). The three in the community includes the two employees at HCC.”

She said out of the 156 total cases in the county, 128 of them were inmates at HCC.

Woodrum said free testing sites in Elkins and Mill Creek over the weekend were successful, but results are still pending. She said there were 350 tests done at the Davis Medical Center testing location and an additional129 at Valley Health Care in Mill Creek.

Woodrum said anyone planning to travel needs to exercise caution. She said there have been 30 to 40 cases reported in Preston County with folks traveling to Myrtle Beach. She suggested anyone traveling to isolate for four days upon returning home before being tested. She said waiting for four days allows the virus time for an incubation period.

She said everyone needs to be taking precautions to prevent community spread.

“We don’t want this to get out of hand in our county,” Woodrum said.

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Upshur County has 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nine active and many of those nine coming off quarantine soon, according to a press release from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department. Ten cases have recovered including the probable case listed on the DHHR website.

The release further states that the health department staff are working on contact tracing which is a very time consuming and labor intensive process. No other information will be released at this time, according to the release.

Anyone who is currently waiting for COVID-19 test results should remain self-quarantined to protect their family members and working partners, the health department advised.

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