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Randolph COVID numbers hold steady

ELKINS — Local health officials reported on Tuesday that active COVID-19 case numbers held steady in Randolph County for a second straight week, once again just missing out on a return to single digits.

“We’re getting close to getting back to single digits, so things are looking good,” Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph Elkins Health Department’s infectious disease specialist, told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday. “We had several people come off quarantine and we will have more on Wednesday, but right now we are steady at 13 active cases. For two weeks in a row now we’ve been around the same number.”

Active cases have been declining rapidly in the county in recent weeks. Two weeks ago there were 22 active cases and that number was cut in half to a mere 11 last week.

Numbers are also tumbling across the entire state as there were 1,093 reported on Tuesday, down 166 from the previous week.

Woodrum wants to remind the community that vaccinations are still available at numerous locations and she is hopeful that high school students returning to school will get vaccinated before going back to school on Aug. 25.

“We can take this opportunity while the numbers are down to get vaccinated,” Woodrum said. “That would help ensure that our school season will have a normal run this year. If we can get folks vaccinated before school starts, then there won’t be so much of a risk during football games, in the classroom, and on bus rides to and from school.”

Woodrum said that the numbers of those 16-year-olds and older teens being vaccinated in Randolph County are not as high as she and other health professionals would like.

“We haven’t had a real big turnout with students, so we would like to have everyone encourage that,” Woodrum said. “The kids have enough time to get both vaccines and be protected before school starts.”

According to the state DHHR, there have been 12 cases of the delta variant confirmed in the Mountain State.

“Every state in the Union now has the delta variant,” said Woodrum. “Our vaccines protect against it so it would be better if people were vaccinated before it’s rampant, and before it changes and builds up a resistance.”

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