COVID-19 UPDATE

Update May 27, 2020

As of this morning, in Tucker County we have tested 174 Tucker County residents, we’ve had 4 that tested positive (they all have recovered) and 160 that tested negative (in addition to that, Cortland Acres Long-Term Care & Rehab Center had 244 staff and residents that tested negative for COVID-19 (the majority of those are Tucker County Residents)).

Many people feel that COVID-19 is over, but the numbers indicate differently.  Numbers of positive cases are rising in some of our neighboring counties and we must continue to be cautious.  THE TCHD STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT EVERYONE WEARS A CLOTH FACE COVERING WHEN IN PUBLIC.  We need to continue with hand washing and social distancing.

TCHD and the county’s clinics are continuing an aggressive effort to test, identify and isolate new cases.   Our county’s clinics are in the process of testing essential workers in our county and TCHD is preparing to increase contact tracing and case investigation activities to respond to an increase in positive cases.  The goal is to continue to identify cases quickly and get those cases and their contacts under quarantine until they are deemed non-contagious by CDC protocol.

We have received several calls on the following items:

-What does the 25-person group limit apply to…? Here is the answer received from State Health Department, the Governor’s office and the Governor’s General Counsel’s office:  “There are two categories: Essential businesses (which are named in phases by the executive order) and everything else is social. The 25-person limit applies to everything but essential businesses.”

-Executive Order 39-20 which was effective on May 21st, has terminated the requirement for individuals who were travelling from areas with substantial community spread of COVID-19 to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon entry to West Virginia.

-Private owned Campgrounds can allow out of state campers and are to use the guidance issued by the Governor (State Park campgrounds cannot allow out of state campers at this time).

-On May 30, limited video lottery retailers, swimming pools, bowling alleys, roller rinks, pool halls and other indoor amusement businesses can reopen, and movie theaters will be allowed to reopen on June 5.

Information and updates about COVID-19 @ tuckerhealthwv.com

or call DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7

Toll-free at 1-800-887-4304

 

 

 

May 19, 2020 UPDATE

The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) and Tucker County Office of Emergency Management (TCOEM) announced that as of today, Tucker County has had no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 this month.  To date, 144 Tucker County residents have been tested, we’ve had 4 that tested positive (they all have recovered) and 106 that tested negative (in addition to that, Cortland Acres Long-Term Care & Rehab Center had 244 staff and residents that tested negative for COVID-19 (the majority of those are Tucker County Residents)).

Once again, COVID-19 is NOT GONE.  We have counties very close to us that are having an increase in positive cases and with Memorial Day approaching and limitations being lifted, we will have an increase in risk of exposure to COVID.  Many experts are concerned that we will see a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases and have even suggested that Covid-19 could rebound leading to a far greater burden of death and illness. These possibilities make it critical that we follow the recommendations that have gotten us to where we are today.  The TCHD strongly recommends that everyone wears a cloth face covering when in public.  Wearing a face covering does not replace other precautions such as hand washing and social distancing.  We must continue to follow these recommendations:

-Don’t shake hands or hug others

-Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces

-Maintain a 6-foot distance between you and other people

-Avoid touching your face.

-Avoid exposure to others who are sick.

-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. 

TCHD and the county’s clinics continuing an aggressive effort to test, identify and isolate new cases.   Our county’s clinics will be increasing their testing of essential workers in the coming weeks and TCHD is preparing to increase contact tracing and case investigation activities to respond to an increase in positive cases.  The goal will be to continue to identify cases quickly and get those cases and their contacts under quarantine until they are deemed non-contagious by CDC protocol.

Governor Justice’s plans for reopening are as follows: (Each business has specific guidance to follow and that information can be found at https://governor.wv.gov/Pages/The-Comeback.aspx)

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 4

Note for lodging facilities: The executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine will be lifted in Week 4. In accordance with this change, additional guidance documents are available for hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, and cabins.

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 5

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    • State Park cabins and lodges (In-state residents only)
    • Bars (indoor bars at 50% capacity and outdoor bars) (Guidance documents will be provided when available)
    • Museums and visitor centers (Guidance documents will be provided when available)
    • Zoos (Guidance documents will be provided when available)
  • Saturday, May 30, 2020
    • Spas and massage businesses (Guidance documents will be provided when available)
    • Limited video lottery retailers (Guidance documents will be provided when available)

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 6

  • Friday, June 5, 2020
    • Casinos (Guidance documents will be provided when they become available)

Information and updates about COVID-19 @ tuckerhealthwv.com

or call DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7

Toll-free at 1-800-887-4304

 

 

CLOTH FACE COVERINGS

This link has information on cloth face coverings, including how to make them at home. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

YOU CAN HELP by sewing face masks that can be used if there are no other supplies available.  You can use the link above to see a pattern and make masks at home and then call any of these facilities about dropping off masks:

Tucker County Health Department 304-478-3572

Cortland Acres Long-term Care & Rehab Center 304-463-4181

Mt. Top Medical Clinic 304-463-3331

St. George Medical Clinic 304-478-3339

Tucker County EMS 304-614-2180