Daily COVID-19 Update

All schools in Morgan County will continue remote learning on Tue. Oct. 20, 2020. Morgan County Schools are remote learning this week October 19-23 after being listed in the orange category by the WVDE and the October 24 WVDE Saturday map will determine the color for October 26-30.

The Allegany County Health Department reports that the total cumulative COVID-19 case count for Allegany County is now at 605. The latest cases include a female under age 12, two females and a male in their teens, six females and three males in their 20s, two females and four males in their 30s, a female in her 40s, five females and three males in their 50s, three females and a male in their 60s, a male in his 70s, a female in her 80s, and a female in her 90s.

The Garrett County Health Department received eight additional positive COVID-19 results, bringing the current county total positives to 103.

The new positive COVID-19 cases are all female, with one each in their teen, 20s, 40s, 60s, and 70s, and three in their 50s. All of the individuals are being advised to isolate at home or to seek immediate medical attention based on their signs and symptoms.

“Contact tracing continues to reveal that the current surge in cases in Garrett County is primarily being spread through family, friends and social gatherings,” said Health Officer Bob Stephens. “As the restrictions have been relaxed, it is more important than ever that community members be compliant with social distancing and face covering practices to prevent the spread of COVID, and reduce the chance that restrictions may need to be reimposed.”

“If we as a community want our businesses, schools and churches to remain open, we need to renew our efforts to keep Garrett County safe and healthy,” Stephens said.

Mineral County COVID-19 Daily Totals 10/19/20  199 total cases, 13 are currently active, 182 recovered and 4 total deaths

There has been several questions and/or comments concerning our numbers reported locally compared to the state DHHR page. Again our numbers are accurate. There are cases that may have been assigned initially to Mineral that were transferred to other counties or states and the dashboard has not caught up to it yet. The same goes for active cases.

As far as the color metric goes, we have seen “gold” several days in the last week. However, the infection rate is not the determining factor for school and athletics anymore. The percent positivity rate is also taken into account. The lower of the two numbers determines the color for the day/week.

There has also been some confusion concerning “new” cases vs. “active” cases in the 7 day average. The infection rate is determined by “new” cases that has been received by the health department in the last 7 days. “Active” cases can go longer depending on a number of factors (symptoms, testing date, etc).

As always, we appreciate any concerns or comments our community may have. We hope this clarifies some things for everyone. Stay Safe!

The Hampshire County Health Department has confirmed one new positive COVID-19 case today. Case investigation has been completed and contacts have been notified. The case is not related to the nursing home.

The current case count for Hampshire Co. is 118 confirmed, 2 probable, 2 active, and 1 death. No one is hospitalized at this time.

The Hardy County Health Department and Hardy County Office of Emergency Management has two additional confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Hardy County, making six active cases, with a total confirmed case count of 103. We have had one confirmed COVID-19 death. We currently have six patients in quarantine at home, following proper protocol to protect their neighbors and community. No 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 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 96 individuals fully recovered, included in the total confirmed case count of 103.

There was one new case in Grant County today. This person is self-quarantining at home and contacts have been notified.

182 Total COVID Cases

• 174 confirmed Positive COVID cases

• 8 Probable COVID cases

• 162 Total Recovered

• 8 Active Cases. 2 are hospitalized at this time, all cases will remain active and in quarantine until a minimum of 10 days after diagnosis or symptom onset, AND no symptoms for 24 hours without medication.

• 12 Deaths, of these:

§ 8 Deaths listed as COVID related (6 from GRCC)

§ 4 others tested positive soon before dying from other causes and COVID was not determined to contribute to the death by the physician of record.

If you have any symptoms (loss of taste or smell, fever, cough, muscle aches, cough, shortness of breath, headache or diarrhea) or have been told that you are a close contact to a positive case and are tested, please follow the instructions given at that time for self-isolation until test results are returned and you are instructed when to discontinue isolation.

Call Grant Memorial Hospital (304) 257 1026 and press 5 to speak to an ER nurse or Grove Street Health Center at 304-257-2451 to help determine if testing is indicated and instructions how to proceed.

Bedford County

Total Cases: 338
Confirmed: 279 
Probable: 59
Negative: 5,131
Cases per 100,000: 701.6
Deaths: 6 
Deaths per 100,000: 12.5

Somerset County Total Cases: 325
Confirmed: 279 
Probable: 46
Negative: 11,785
Cases per 100,000: 439.5
Deaths: 3 
Deaths per 100,000: 4.1

The Bedford County Board of Commissioners announced  the award recipients of its CARES Act Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant program. The program was established to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. These grants are being funded exclusively with Federal dollars issued as a direct result of the passage of the United States CARES Act. Bedford County’s share was distributed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the County Relief Block Grant program (CRBG). Solemnly recognizing the negative impacts that COVID-19 has imposed on the local economy, the County Commissioners strongly desired to do everything possible to support our local businesses and non-profits; and encouraged all impacted business owners and non-profits to apply. The grants are being specifically used to offset business interruption losses of eligible small businesses and qualified non-profits. Therefore, recipients of these awards were required to demonstrate a revenue loss from 2019 to 2020; and certify that the entity incurred certain allowable expenditures. These expenses included: rent, mortgage interest, utility bills, cable, internet, phone, spoilage, personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, unemployment compensation, and costs associated with the preparations to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The County is continuing to review non-profit and small business applications to determine any fundraising losses, expenditures, and may award funding to these organizations at a later date. More specifically, sixty-seven (67) small businesses were eligible for funding in the first round; and the total amount of the awards equals $632,532.98. Awards were capped a maximum of $35,000. Of the awardees, forty (40) were small businesses with less than 100 employees, and the remaining twenty-seven (27) recipients were non-profit public charities or veteran organizations. The Bedford County Board of Commissioners wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the many difficult sacrifices made by business owners and non-profit leaders in our community; and encourages all its citizens to remain safe during this challenging season.

The Bedford County Board of Commissioners will open the second round of CARES Small Business, Tourism, and Nonprofit Support Grant Program, to assist small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits affected by COVID-19. The program will be funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to the County by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant. The primary purpose of the Program is to provide immediate relief to small businesses, local tourism, and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Any previous applicants from the first round, who were not funded, due to incomplete grant requirements, may submit the additional information needed to potentially qualify for funding in round two. New applicants are encouraged to apply. “We decided to issue a second round of CARES funding based on the voiced needs of the small business, tourism, and nonprofit organizations in Bedford County. We want to do everything we can. All entities who were impacted are encouraged to apply,” said the Bedford County Commissioners. The grants can be used to help cover business interruption losses including loss of fundraising revenues for eligible nonprofits (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds (EIDL). To note, any tourist attraction, regardless of size, is eligible for funding under this program. Application submission for the program will be open from October 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. to October 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted in an electronic format to Makayla Bollman, Director of HR at mbollman@bedfordcountyhpa.org. For detailed program eligibility requirements and specific information regarding the application process, including deadlines, please visit the Bedford County website at https://bedfordcountypa.org/covid-19_funding_portal. The County has previously released a Request for Proposal to address portions of Bedford County that have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to lack of available broadband. Poor broadband infrastructure in rural areas has resulted in many individuals and families lacking the opportunity for online studies, teleworking, and telemedicine during stay-at-home orders.