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Free testing offered today in Barbour

PHILIPPI — Barbour County will be offering free COVID-19 testing today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Barbour County Fairgrounds.

Public schools in Barbour County will operate remotely for all students through Thursday due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the county.

The City of Belington announced on Friday that one of its employees had tested positive and that the building would remain closed until further notice.

Two Barbour County businesses announcing positive tests among its employees over the weekend were Station1 in Junior and Hometown Pizzeria.

Station1 announced Sunday on its Facebook page that an employee had tested positive and that the store would be closed until Monday with employees who had no contact with the worker who tested positive. Because of extensive cleaning and professional misting throughout the facility, the store remained closed on Monday and will reopen today.

Station1 also announced that the positive test was not contracted at the store and that all employees who worked with the person in question will be quarantined. No food will be served from the kitchen until later in the week, at the earliest.

Hometown Pizzeria closed down this past Saturday after officials learned that an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee had not worked at the restaurant since Sept.19 and all other employees tested negative, company officials said.

Taking extra precautions, Hometown Pizzeria will remain closed until Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Tucker County

As of Monday evening, the state West Virginia Department of Education lists Tucker County School Systems as having three active COVID-19 cases.

A letter from Tucker County Superintendent of Schools Alicia Lambert posted on Facebook Sunday states, “Currently, we have three student cases and three employee cases in our schools, but we also have 19 staff members quarantined and not enough substitutes to fill their roles.

“All Tucker County Schools will operate in a remote learning platform for the next two weeks. We appreciate your ongoing support and commitment to the health of Tucker County as we work through this process and try to get our students back to school safely.”

Upshur County

Six new cases were reported in Upshur County Sunday, after seven were reported Saturday, bringing the number of active cases to 17 in Upshur County.

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