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Randolph, Upshur move down to gold

ELKINS — Both Randolph and Upshur counties moved down from orange to gold designations Monday on the state Department of Health & Human Resources COVID-19 County Alert System color-coded map.

Both counties were listed as orange on the updated West Virginia Department of Education’s color-coded COVID-19 map Saturday, meaning both county school systems will operate through remote learning this week.

As of Monday, there were 71 active cases in Randolph County, with two of those people being hospitalized, according to the Randolph-Elkins Health Department. A week ago there were 68 confirmed cases in Randolph and that number grew to 80 by last Wednesday, before falling to 69 on Saturday.

In Upshur County, there were 59 active cases on Monday, down significantly from the 83 cases reported in the county on Friday, according to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department.

As of Monday, there were 71 active cases in Randolph County, with two of those people being hospitalized, according to the Randolph-Elkins Health Department. A week ago there were 68 confirmed cases in Randolph and that number grew to 80 by last Wednesday, before falling to 69 on Saturday.

In Upshur County, there were 59 active cases on Monday, down significantly from the 83 cases reported in the county on Friday, according to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department.

Free COVID-19 testing will be offered in the parking lot beside the Randolph-Elkins Health Department on the corner of Gay Street and Randolph Avenue Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. and on Friday from 1-5 p.m. Testing will be done drive-thru style and without charge

Despite some people coming off quarantine on Monday, new active cases continue to come in, according to Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, who spoke during this week’s Randolph County Office of Emergency Management’s weekly COVID-19 update conference call Monday.

“People are not taking precautions,” Woodrum said Monday. “We have one person that’s positive who was at a birthday party for 25 without a mask. We need to take precautions or we’re going to be dealing with this for a lot longer.”

Officials noted Monday that an increase in hospitalizations is likely if people don’t start doing their part in helping slow down the spread of the virus.

Due to the increase in active cases, Davis Medical Center will be strictly enforcing its visitation and mask policies. DMC officials also stated that if the public and visitors can’t follow the guidelines, the hospital may have to prohibit visitation.

West Virginia continues to see COVID-19 numbers rise throughout the state, with 212 new active cases reported in a 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday.

As of Monday, there were 5,095 active cases in the Mountain State. There have been 399 deaths and the daily percent positivity rate is at 2.21 percent.

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