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National Guard providing free testing in Elkins

ELKINS — The state of West Virginia mandated on Friday that Randolph County had to provide community wide COVID-19 testing within the next 24 hours, officials said.

As a result, the National Guard will be in Elkins today to perform free COVID-19 testing in the parking lot beside the Randolph-Elkins Health Department on the corner of Gay Street and Randolph Avenue.

Testing will be done drive-thru style and without charge. It will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m.

The Randolph-Elkins County Health department announced on Thursday that the county had three outbreaks at residential facilities in the area with one positive case in each. That was after a report earlier in the week that the Randolph County Courthouse had an outbreak among employees including four positive tests.

“We don’t have any more positives from the outbreaks but, we did have one today from community spread,” said Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease specialist with the Randolph-Elkins Health Department. “Right now we have 45 active cases in the county.”

Woodrum also confirmed that one local business had closed temporarily because of an employee testing positive, but did not identify the business.

Jimbo’s Place on Davis Avenue in Elkins posted the following on its Facebook page:

“Due to a positive COVID test affecting one of our part time employees we will be temporarily closed immediately. We have begun the proper procedures of disinfecting our facility and our other employees that had contact with our employee this past Sunday will be quarantined and follow all the guidelines. Sorry for any inconvenience to all our loyal customers. We will return as strong as ever to serve you when we reopen on Monday, Oct. 19.”

Free COVID-19 testing will also be offered today at the Barbour County Fairgrounds from 12 to 4 p.m.

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