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Local COVID numbers remain high

ELKINS — In Randolph and surrounding counties, towns and communities continue to battle a high number of active COVID-19 cases.

Randolph County, which ended last week with 412 active cases, is the top local county when it comes to the number of residents affected by the coronavirus.

Upshur County had the distinction last week, with 602 active cases as of Sept. 16. On Monday, however, Upshur was down to 399 active cases, according to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department.

Currently, the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department is offering free drive-thru testing (PCR Nasal Swab) at its location Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon. No appointment is necessary and for more information, call the health department at 304-472-2810.

Behind Randolph and Upshur is Barbour County, which reported 143 active cases on Sunday. That number is down from the 166 reported the previous week.

Several locations in Barbour County are offering free tests, including the Myers Clinic (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Belington Clinic (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.), Broaddus Hospital (Monday through Friday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Junior Fire Department (Wednesday and Friday – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday – 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), and at the Barbour County Health Department (Monday through Friday – 9 a.m. to noon).

Tucker County’s active case numbers are the lowest in the area and have held somewhat steady over the last two weeks. Back on Sept. 10 Tucker had 78 active cases in the county. On Friday, the Tucker County Health Department reported 81 cases.

Free COVID testing in Tucker County is being done at the St. George Medical Clinic, St. George School Based Clinic Mountain Top Clinic, and 259STAT in Davis. Call for details on days and times.

There are currently 21,490 active cases in West Virginia, with 3,424 COVID-related deaths in the state to date.

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