Daily COVID-19 Update

From ACPS: VIRTUAL LEARNING FORMAT UPDATE: All Allegany County Public School students will remain in a fully-virtual learning format for the week of December 1-4, 2020, as a result of county health metrics and the availability of adequate staff. Schools are still CLOSED on Monday, November 30, 2020, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Announcements regarding the learning format for the week of December 7th will be communicated to the public on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Grant County is in the Orange School Metric for the upcoming week, which means suspend in-person instruction and activate remote learning.

Hampshire County is orange this week on the WVDE color-coded map. Hampshire County Public Schools will continue remote learning for the entire week the week of November 30th.

Mineral County is red this week on the WVDE color map. Mineral County Public Schools will continue remote learning this week for the week of Nov 30th.

The Garrett County Health Department received 18 additional positive COVID-19 results since the last report on Wednesday, November 25th, bringing the current county total positives to 702. The current comparison of Garrett County to state numbers is as follows: • 7-day positivity rate among Garrett County residents is 12.93% (Maryland rate is 6.3%) • 7-day case rate per 100,000 among Garrett County residents is 122.6 (Maryland rate is 37.21) The breakdown of new cases by age ranges: • 5.6% (1 case) ages 0-20 • 22.2% (4 cases) ages 21-40 • 16.7% (3 cases) ages 41-60 • 11.1% (2 cases) ages 61-80 • 44.4% (8 cases) ages 81-100+ For those interested in free community testing for COVID-19, local testing events are being planned and will be announced as plans are finalized. Additional COVID-19 resources: • Visit garretthealth.org for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information. • To schedule a COVID-19 test or an Influenza vaccination call 301-334-7697. • For all other COVID-19 related questions, or to report a COVID-19 compliance issue, call the local COVID-19 Hotline number at 301-334-7698. HARDY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT November 29, 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE The Hardy County Health Department and Hardy County Office of Emergency Management has ten additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hardy County, making 109 active cases, with a total confirmed case count of 288. We have had one confirmed COVID-19 death. We currently have 107 patients in quarantine at home, following proper protocol to protect their neighbors and community. Two patients are currently hospitalized due to severe symptoms of COVID-19. Due to privacy, additional information regarding the persons, area of residence, and travel history will not be disclosed.

The Hampshire County Health Department has received 8 confirmed and 6 probable cases Sunday. Case investigation and contact tracing are ongoing. Hampshire County’s current case count is 304 confirmed, 44 probable, 103 active, 3 deaths and 5 hospitalizations. Free testing available at Hampshire High School on Monday, November 30th from 1p-6p. Care for your community and wear your mask!

In Mineral County there are 1190 total positive cases, 612 are active, 28 are probable, 571 are recovered 16 total deaths.

It is with the utmost sadness that the Mineral County Health Department is reporting that it has received official notification of the 16th COVID-19 related death in Mineral County. The individual was resident at Piney Valley nursing home (Outbreak #664) located in Keyser, WV. The Mineral County Health Department would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends. Additionally, new cases include 3 employees and 2 residents that have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).This brings the total to 9 resident deaths, 72 residents and 37 employees testing positive since the start of the outbreak. The facility has been working with the health department and the West Virginia DHHR Bureau for Public Health’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology to ensure protocols and procedures are being followed. The Health Department is in the process of identifying any potential persons who may have had close contact with the individuals, including family members, friends, residents and health care professionals. Because of the ease of spread in a long-term care setting and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, a single case of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in a long-term care facility (LTCF) is defined as an outbreak (Outbreak #664). For more information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit the website at www.mineralcountyhealthdepartment.com

The Mineral County Health Department has received confirmation of an additional employee testing positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at the Small World Daycare located in Fort Ashby, WV. This has been classified as an official outbreak (#977) by the West Virginia DHHR Bureau for Public Health’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. The Health Department is working with the daycare to identify any potential persons who may have had close contact with the individual, including family members, friends and clientele. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is urged to follow best health practices as issued by the Governor’s Executive Orders and outlined by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) guidance. This includes wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning protocols regularly. Those who feel they need to be tested, please contact your primary care provider, your local hospital or your local healthcare clinic. For more information about COVID-19 visit the DHHR at www.coronavirus.wv.gov or the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Bedford County : Total Cases: 1,557

Confirmed: 1,170 

Probable: 387
Negative: 6,566

Cases per 100,000: 3,231.9

Deaths: 24 

Deaths per 100,000: 49.8

Somerset County

Total Cases: 1,881

Confirmed: 1,482 
Probable: 399
Negative: 15,175
Cases per 100,000: 2,543.5
Deaths: 18 
Deaths per 100,000: 24.3

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx

Grant County 11-29-20 Infection Rate was 79.04 (RED), and Percent Positivity 6.39 (Orange). There were Twenty (20) new positive cases Sunday. Eight of Sunday’s positives are from Drive Through testing, (total Drive Through results: 21 positives, 17 newly diagnosed). All positives have been notified. Those tested were given a code to retrieve results at time of testing; however, anyone that has not found their result can call Grant County Health Department at 304-257-4922 during regular business hours.

The National Guard will conduct FREE Drive Through testing this week:

BRING ID IF UNDER 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

Petersburg Elementary School

Tuesday Dec 1, Wednesday Dec 2, and Friday Dec 4

10 am – 2 pm

Union Educational Complex

Thursday Dec 3 10: am – 2 PM

We continue to have contacts of previous positives become symptomatic and/or test positive throughout the 14-day quarantine time. Included are students that were quarantined due to exposure early last week while classes were in session.

Please… Everyone must do their part to prevent the continued spread of this virus.

Social Distance by always maintaining 6 ft distance from those not in your household, avoid crowds, WEAR that mask, and practice good hand hygiene. Masks decrease the transmission of the virus by blocking droplets that carry the virus. Masks do not eliminate the risk of transmission.

Masks, AND social distancing (6 ft. or more) greatly reduce the risk.

423 Total COVID Cases

• 316 Confirmed Positive COVID cases

• 107 Probable COVID cases (Probable cases are those that have a positive test from a rapid antigen test).

• 263 Total Recovered

• 147 Active Cases. Eight are hospitalized.

• 9 Deaths listed as COVID related (6 from GRCC).

Possible symptoms of COVID are increased sinus or cold like symptoms, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, fever, cough, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, headache or diarrhea.

COVID testing is available:

Grant Memorial Hospital:

Mon-Fri 6 am- 9am and 6pm-9 pm/Sat. 8 am- 12 noon.

Call (304) 257 1026 and press 5 to speak to an ER nurse to preregister.

By Appointment:

Grove Street Health Center call 304-257-2451

Mt. Storm Health Center call 304-693-7616

The Hardy County Health Department has completed the necessary contact tracing to ensure the safety of close contacts and to prevent additional transmission. Hardy County now has 178 individuals recovered, included in the total confirmed case count of 288. COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. There are vaccines under development and testing, but none released yet to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Hardy County Health Department as always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including: Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Avoiding exposure to others who are sick. Staying home when you are ill. Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304 and state website at http://www.coronavirus.wv.gov/ For local information, please call Hardy County Health Dept at 304-530-6355 or visit the Health Department’s website at http://www.hardycountyhealthdepartment.com/ All media inquiries, contact David Maher, Hardy Sheriff PIO at pio@hardycounty.com. For a printable copy, please see https://www.dropbox.com/s/7estiidb6ax5s52/20201129-hardy-covid-update.pdf?dl=0

From AC Transit: Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and the effecton the staff all bus routes are discontinued until further notice. Alltrans will continue to transport to medical appointments. JARC will continue to run as usual. JARC – evening transport to North Branch Industrial Park will run as usual.

Allegany County Fairgrounds. Testing continues to be offered on Mondays from 2 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment, insurance or doctor’s order is required.

Grant County The National Guard will conduct FREE Drive Through testing this week:

BRING ID IF UNDER 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT

Petersburg Elementary School Tuesday Dec 1, Wednesday Dec 2, and Friday Dec 4

10 am – 2 pm

Union Educational Complex

Thursday Dec 3 10: am – 2 PM

Free COVID-19 testing in Hardy County this week. Please bring an ID and

a parent or guardian for any children on site. This testing is available

to anyone from any county.

December 1 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM HCEAA Building 17940 SR 55 Baker, WV 26801

December 1 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Moorefield High School 401 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV 26836

December 2 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Moorefield Armory

167 Freedom Way Moorefield, WV 26836

December 2 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM HCEAA Building

17940 SR 55

Baker, WV 26801

December 3

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

HCEAA Building

17940 SR 55

Baker, WV 26801

December 3

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Moorefield High School

401 N. Main Street

Moorefield, WV 26836

https://www.facebook.com/hardylhd/posts/1664818543696307

Free testing available at Hampshire High School on Monday, November 30th from 1p-6p. Care for your community and wear your mask!