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Randolph Co. Schools staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Official announces Barbour student case

ELKINS — The Randolph-Elkins Health Department confirmed Monday that a Randolph County Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee’s job and location were not released, but the person is one of three currently active cases in the county, officials said. The health department is currently following 15 case contacts linked to the three active individuals.

“We are watching the school situation,” Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, said during this week’s Randolph County Office of Emergency Management’s weekly COVID-19 update conference call Monday. “We know that there is a positive school employee and we are following that closely.

“Everybody is being very cooperative and we are gathering any information about any possible contacts. If there has been anyone in contact we will be contacting them.”

The Inter-Mountain placed calls to Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Debbie Schmidlen about the positive test Monday but they were not returned by press time.

In Barbour County, officials have announced a case of COVID-19 among students in the county. A recorded message from Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Woofter to students’ parents on Sunday evening said there was one student case. In the message, he said there had been a thorough cleaning at all the schools in the county as a safety precaution over the weekend.

The Inter-Mountain placed calls to the Barbour County Board of Education and the Barbour County Health Department Monday but they were not returned by presstime.

Another one of the three positive tests in Randolph County is at a nursing home in Elkins.

“There is testing going on at one of the nursing homes that has had a positive case,” Woodrum said. “It’s under control and they will be re-testing for a couple of weeks to make sure it’s not spreading, which is very unlikely.”

According to the state Division of Health & Human Resources website, a staff member at Elkins Regional Convalescent Center has tested positive.

Woodrum also said testing is available every weekday to anyone who is concerned or thinks they may have been exposed, or has symptoms of COVID-19. Tests can be taken at the Davis Medical Center drive-thru clinic or at Valley Health Care, which is offering the rapid test, in Elkins or Mill Creek.

The number of active coronavirus cases in West Virginia currently stands at 3,143. The pandemic has taken the lives of 275 individuals in the Mountain State.

Cindy Hart, director of the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management, said there is currently another kind of threat that could potentially affect the community, but this one is transmitted through the internet.

“The state email was hacked and people may be getting emails that look very legitimate from people they would normally open,” Hart said. “Use caution if you’re not expecting something from a person. If you do happen to open up an email, there’s a link on there and do not open it. Make sure you authenticate the author before opening up. It’s affecting state officials, some county officials and now law enforcement. We received one from the sheriff’s and it wasn’t from them, it was one of the hacked emails.”

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