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Active cases down to six in Randolph

ELKINS — For the first time since last fall, the number of active COVID-19 cases has dipped to single digits in Randolph County.

After having 20 active cases in the county at this time last week, the total number on Monday had tumbled to just six, which is the lowest it’s been since three cases were reported back on Sept. 15.

“It’s very exciting that we only have six active cases in Randolph County,” Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, told The Inter-Mountain Monday. “We do have in the state, though, three red counties, and with that alternative way of counting, even more than that. So we would like to keep the numbers down in Randolph County so people should be vaccinated and continue to take precautions.”

Gov. Jim Justice voiced his concerns about the coronavirus variant from England during his weekly conference on Monday. Woodrum said there have been no confirmed cases of the variant in Randolph County or the immediate area, but noted it has been found in the state.

“I understand that there have been two different kinds (of variant) in the state,” she said. “They’ve been as close as Morgantown and I heard about one in Kanawha County.”

This week’s local Mass Vaccination Clinic will once again be held at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

Woodrum said officials are contemplating how they will deliver vaccinations after the clinics come to an end. She said they are trying to figure out if they will have smaller clinics or if vaccinations will mostly be handled by physician’s offices when that time comes. She said as of right now nothing has been decided and that all parties involved are still working on a game plan.

She also cautioned those who have been vaccinated to still take every precaution they can when out and about.

“We’ve had one or two cases where people have tested positive after they were vaccinated,” she said. “I’ve told people all along that they can still pick up the virus and carry it after being vaccinated. But it does not necessarily cause illness to those who have been vaccinated.”

As of Monday, there had been 2,696 COVID-related deaths in West Virginia. There are currently 2,696 active cases in the Mountain State.

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