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COVID cases on the rise in Randolph

ELKINS — Like most of West Virginia, Randolph County is seeing the number of active coronavirus cases rising.

Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph-Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, said the increase in the county’s numbers is due to residents no longer doing what they once were.

“Our numbers are going up because people are just not taking any precautions,” Woodrum said during Randolph County’s Office of Emergency Management COVID-19 update conference call on Monday. “I know that parties, graduations and such are going on and precautions are really not being met. The public sees that it’s spring and the rush is over, but I worry our numbers will go up as people break out a little bit more.”

There are currently 26 active cases in Randolph County, which is six more than a week ago and double the amount that was reported on April 19.

“We have 26 at this very moment, but we got about 14 in this morning and they’re still coming,” Woodrum said. “We had several finish their quarantine so that knocked off a few numbers, but right at this moment we have 26. The 14 we had this morning is the most we’ve had in weeks.”

Woodrum said the active case numbers actually reached the 30s toward the end of last week.

“We had kind of a quiet week last week, but toward the end of the week we started picking up,” Woodrum said. “We had about 30 cases on Friday and some of the quarantines have dropped off since then. But we are back to doing contact tracing big time here.”

The weekly vaccinations clinics at the Phil Gainer Community Center came to an end last week, but free vaccinations are still being given out at the Randolph Elkins Health Department. Davis Medical Center and Direct Care are also giving out vaccinations, as are local pharmacies.

“We are administering vaccines and the facility is charging the facility and provider fee,” Davis Medical Center Liaison Officer Hollis Lipscomb said during Monday’s meeting. “We are not charging for the vaccine, but we are charging the facility fees both here (DMC) and at Direct Care. And testing is still available at Direct Care and through Valley Health Care, who is doing vaccines as well.”

Lipscomb also said there are currently two patients currently admitted in the hospital with active cases. One of those patients is in the Intensive Care Unit.

The West Virginia DHHR confirmed 298 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, with the number of active cases in the state growing to 7,201. The total number of fully vaccinated residents in the Mountain State is at 648,651.

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