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Two vaccination clinics set this week in Elkins

ELKINS — Two COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics are scheduled this week in Randolph County, as the number of active coronavirus cases in the county continues to fall.

The first clinic at the Phil Gainer Community Center will be Wednesday and will be last for five hours, running from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Thursday’s clinic will run the entire day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“We are going to be giving over 1,000 doses out those two days,” Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, said during Monday’s Randolph County Office of Emergency Management COVID-19 update conference call. “We have 30,000 people in this county but we are making progress.”

All of the vaccinations administered are by appointment only and those eligible for these vaccines at this time are still those residents the age of 65 and older.

“We are using the Everbridge system to make appointments,” Woodrum said. “The state sends us the list and we work from the top down, according to birth dates. We have not yet gotten a directive to go outside that list of 65 and older yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes soon.”

A total of 300 primary doses will be given out during the two clinics. Another 800 boost doses, or second doses, are also scheduled to be administered during the clinics.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Randolph County dropped to 50 this week, down from 57 a week ago. What’s more impressive is how much that number has fallen since the county hit a record-high total of 234 back on Jan. 5. It’s the lowest number of active cases in the county since Nov. 9, when there were 42.

“If these numbers continue, things are certainly looking promising,” said Davis Medical Center Liaison Officer Hollis Lipscomb. “Right now everything is open at the hospital with all services available. Our drive-thru has been quite a bit slower, which is a really good thing, and we have just one (current) patient COVID-19 positive and she is in the ICU.”

As of Monday, there were 8,795 active coronavirus cases in West Virginia. The pandemic has claimed the lives of 2,263 residents in the Mountain State.

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