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Second COVID-19 outbreak at HCC

Randolph County moves to orange on state color-coded map

ELKINS — The Randolph-Elkins Health Department announced Wednesday that Huttonsville Correctional Center is experiencing the second COVID-19 outbreak within the facility this year.

Also on Wednesday, Randolph County moved to orange on the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources color-coded county map.

Six individuals at HCC have tested positive for COVID-19, including five nurses, Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease specialist at the Randolph-Elkins Health Department, told The Inter-Mountain Wednesday.

She said the positive cases were among employees of the medical unit of the prison.

She noted the facility is taking strict measures to avoid any further spread.

“They are being very careful with this,” Woodrum said. “The positives are out and the contacts have been identified. They are taking strict precautions and doing their very best to contain this.”

No guards at HCC have tested positive for COVID-19, nor have any prisoners, she noted.

An outbreak of COVID-19 at Huttonsville Correctional Center in May resulted in 118 confirmed cases.

Woodrum said there are no other new official outbreaks within Randolph County, although the number of active cases in the county had jumped to 80 by Wednesday afternoon, up from 68 on Tuesday.

Free COVID-19 testing will once again be offered in the parking lot beside the Randolph-Elkins Health Department on the corner of Gay Street and Randolph Avenue today and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Testing will be done drive-thru style and without charge.

Randolph was listed as orange on the DHHR map Wednesday, which may result in precautionary steps being taken by the county school system to prevent further spread of coronavirus.

Randolph was one of five counties listed as orange Wednesday, along with Berkeley, Marshall, Nicholas and Mingo counties.

The only county listed as red on the map Wednesday was Doddridge.

Nearby Upshur County had 93 active cases on Wednesday, the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department announced.

In Barbour County, Superintendent of Schools Jeff Woofter said the county school system would continue with distance learning through the end of this week.

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