Official: 2 D&E students, 1 Children’s Home staffer test positive for COVID-19

ELKINS — Officials reported that two active COVID-19 cases have been reported among Davis & Elkins College students and one at the West Virginia Children’s Home, Monday during the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management’s weekly update conference call.

“We had a testing this past Friday (at D&E) and we tested over 150 students,” said Kessie Swecker, nurse manager for the Randolph County Heath Department. “So far we have gotten two positive reports back on that. We are currently working on contact tracing, and those two students are isolated at the college. We are looking forward to this Friday doing another testing at the college from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.”

Students are expected to return to classes at Davis & Elkins College on Monday, Aug. 17.

The positive test coming from the Children’s Home was for a staff member and not a resident, according to the health department.

“One staff member that works the night shift tested positive on Monday of last week,” said Swecker. “There are 28 staff members right now and eight children living there. All eight children have tested negative via rapid test and then the majority of the staff members have also been tested and they’ve been going to different places whether they be primary care provider or Valley Health Care. And all of those results have been returned negative as well.”

Swecker said her department has been contacted by the state and that further testing at the Children’s Home may take place.

“The state is wanting to coordinate a testing,” she said. “So we are unsure if they are going to accept any of the rapid testing. So we are awaiting that answer from them (WVDHHR) right now.”

During the conference call, Tyrand Cooperative Ministries was happy to announce that their organization was getting some help.

“I received a grant to help with food and security for senior citizens,” said Belinda Toms, Tyrand’s executive director. “That is for food items they may feel insecure about getting and maybe not getting them at other pantries. And that would be like fresh food and fruits that most pantries aren’t giving out. We’re excited about the grant and we have until December the 30th to use it, so it’s quite a bit of money.”


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