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Local agencies preparing for potential cases

ELKINS — The number of active COVID-19 cases in Randolph County has grown to nine, a Randolph-Elkins Health Department spokesperson said Monday.

Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease specialist for the REHD, said Monday her agency is currently following 80 contacts having to do with the county’s active cases. She also said several agencies in the region have reached out to her about being prepared for any new outbreaks.

“I do have several agencies that are consulting on how to prepare for their first case, what they would do, who they would call, and how they would quarantine,” Woodrum said during the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management’s weekly COVID-19 update conference on Monday afternoon. “I’m glad to see people plan ahead of time. All of our agencies and families should plan ahead like that.”

Woodrum also pointed out that wearing masks and using common sense are still the best deterrent against COVID-19.

“Masks are probably the thing that are going to keep the kids in schools, are going to keep our businesses going, and going to allow us to get together for outdoor things,” she said.

“Right now the restaurant patronage is still 50 percent,” she added. “As long as people are at their tables, of course eating they can’t wear a mask, but anytime they’re around others they should be wearing masks, or if they get up and walk through the areas, Good common sense would help.”

There have been a total of 233 positive cases in Randolph County since testing began and there are currently 3,544 active cases in West Virginia. The total number of deaths in the Mountain State has grown to 312.

Barbour County has had 46 confirmed cases, Grant County has had 151, Hardy has had 78, Pendleton has had 49, Pocahontas has had 48, Tucker has had 15, and Upshur has had 55.

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