COVID-19 UPDATE

AUGUST 7, 2020 UPDATE

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 1 additional COVID-19 positive case of a Tucker County resident.  The individual is quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.   TCHD is investigating this case and believes the individual may have been exposed out-of-state.  If any close contacts are identified they will be quarantined and monitored.  This positive currently brings Tucker County’s total up to 11 confirmed positive cases (August 5th’s case has been determined not to be a confirmed case and is a suspect case and has been removed from our total).  At this time, we have 2 known active cases in the county (9 have recovered).  There has never been a more important time for us to be careful.  Cases are on the rise throughout the state and we must be cautious and take precautions like the ones below.

If you are traveling out of state, consider the following safety measures upon returning.

  • Self-monitor your health 14 days following out of state travel. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid going into public places for 14 days following out-of-state travel.
  • If you do need to go out into public, wear a cloth face covering when going into public places like stores, restaurants, and work/school.

 

Wear face coverings.  Executive order 50-20 requires face coverings in all indoor public places.  The order states that anyone over the age of 9 must wear face coverings in all public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.  (the order does exempt those with breathing issues that prevent safely wearing a face covering). The complete order can be viewed at https://governor.wv.gov

Wearing a face covering and the following these recommendations, are our best defense against COVID-19:

-Do not 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.

 

Many parts of the state and neighboring counties are having large increases in positive cases.

 

WE NEED TO TAKE ALL THE PRECAUTIONS WE CAN TO SLOW THE SPREAD, REDUCE ILLNESS AND SAVE LIVES!

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATE AUGUST 6, 2020

On July 31st, the TCHD released that we had been notified of our 10Th COVID-19 case.  At that time, we stated that “additional testing and a thorough investigation were ongoing”.  Results of that work has determined that the individual was asymptomatic (had no symptoms). There was no epidemiological evidence of exposure that would support diagnosis and 2 negative results were received within 10 days of the first positive test collection date using a molecular amplification detection test. (The negative results were from two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥24 hours apart). Based on all those facts, according to the WV Office of Disease and Epidemiology this is now a “suspect case” and not a “confirmed case”. This positive will be removed from our county’s totals.  The individual and their contacts have been released from quarantine. We continue to investigate each case in a thorough manner to best protect the public’s health.

Additionally, a lab reported one case to us as “treat as a Positive”. That resident was retested and found to be “negative”.  This individual was exposed to another confirmed positive.  Based on guidance we have received the individual most likely has had some amount of the virus, but not enough to become infected or to be contagious.  Based on state guidance, this case is now “not a case”.

Yesterday, we were notified of another positive case, which once again we immediately investigated and had additional testing completed.  A second test was conducted and came back with a negative result.  This case most likely will become a “suspect case”.  But as of now, we are treating it as a “confirmed positive”.  TCHD has contacted people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive case.  Those contacts will be quarantined and monitored according to CDC protocol. We must do this to protect everyone involved and the public.

We truly understand that the numbers and all this can be complicated.  The numbers are much like the New York Stock Exchange, continuously changing.  Thus, when we give a number, its correct at that given time and it may be different in a few minutes or hours.  We understand that this can be confusing but rest assured that we are diligently working to get the most accurate information available to determine what must be done to protect everyone.  We work daily with our county’s clinics, multiple testing labs and the WV Office of Disease and Epidemiology to get the most up-to-date and reliable information available.  As of this morning, Tucker County has 11 positive cases, 2 are active and 9 are recovered.

Please continue to use all safety precautions especially, wearing a mask and socially distancing.  We Need to Take All the Precautions We Can to Slow the Spread, Reduce Illness and Save Lives!  Information and updates about COVID-19 @ tuckerhealthwv.com

 

 

UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2020

The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 2 additional COVID-19 positive cases of Tucker County residents.  The individuals are quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.  One of the cases may be linked to out-of-state travel.  Both individuals are food service workers at the same establishment.  That food service establishment has voluntarily closed the facility to properly clean and sanitize.  The state health department has given TCHD the following guidance, “The CDC states that foodborne exposure is not a known route of transmission.”  The Food and Beverage Issues Alliance states that there is currently no evidence to support that the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted to humans through food or food packaging materials. TCHD has contacted people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive cases.  Those contacts will be quarantined and monitored according to CDC protocol.  These positives bring Tucker County to 12 total positive cases.  At this time, we have 5 known active cases in the county (7 have recovered).  These cases are a reminder that we must be cautious and take precautions like the ones below.

If you are traveling out of state, consider the following safety measures upon returning.

  • Self-monitor your health 14 days following out of state travel. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid going into public places for 14 days following out-of-state travel.

 

Wear face coverings.  Executive order 50-20 requires face coverings in all indoor public places.  The order states that anyone over the age of 9 must wear face coverings in all public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.  (the order does exempt those with breathing issues that prevent safely wearing a face covering). The complete order can be viewed at https://governor.wv.gov

Wearing a face covering and the following these recommendations, are our best defense against COVID-19:

-Do not shake hands or hug others

-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.

 

Many parts of the state and neighboring counties are having large increases in positive cases.  WE NEED TO TAKE ALL THE PRECAUTIONS WE CAN TO SLOW THE SPREAD, REDUCE ILLNESS AND SAVE LIVES!

 

UPDATE JULY 31, 2020

The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 1 additional COVID-19 positive case of a Tucker County resident.  The individual is quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.  Currently, additional testing and a thorough investigation are ongoing.  TCHD has contacted people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive case.  Those contacts will be quarantined and/or monitored according to CDC protocol.  This positive is Tucker County’s 10th positive case.  At this time, we have 3 known active cases in the county (7 have recovered).  This is the third positive we have been notified of this week. These cases are a reminder that we must be cautious and take precautions like the ones below.

If you are traveling out of state, consider the following safety measures upon returning.

  • Self-monitor your health 14 days following out of state travel. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid going into public places for 14 days following out-of-state travel.
  • If you do need to go out into public, wear a cloth face covering when going into public places like stores, restaurants, and work/school.

 

Wear face coverings.  Executive order 50-20 requires face coverings in all indoor public places.  The order states that anyone over the age of 9 must wear face coverings in all public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.  (the order does exempt those with breathing issues that prevent safely wearing a face covering). The complete order can be viewed at https://governor.wv.gov

Wearing a face covering and the following these recommendations, are our best defense against COVID-19:

-Do not 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.

 

Many parts of the state and neighboring counties are having large increases in positive cases.  WE NEED TO TAKE ALL THE PRECAUTIONS WE CAN TO SLOW THE SPREAD, REDUCE ILLNESS AND SAVE LIVES!

UPDATE JULY 28, 2020

The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 1 additional COVID-19 positive case of a Tucker County resident. This new case is a “household contact” of the county’s last positive case. The individual is quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.  TCHD is investigating and will be contacting people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive case.  Those contacts will be quarantined and monitored according to CDC protocol.  This positive is Tucker County’s 9th positive case.  At this time, we have 2 known active cases in the county.  These cases are a reminder that we must be cautious and take precautions like the ones below.

If you are traveling out of state, consider the following safety measures upon returning.

  • Self-monitor your health 14 days following out of state travel. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid going into public places for 14 days following out-of-state travel.
  • If you do need to go out into public, wear a cloth face covering when going into public places like stores, restaurants, and work/school.

 

Wear face coverings.  Executive order 50-20 requires face coverings in all indoor public places.  The order states that anyone over the age of 9 must wear face coverings in all public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.  (the order does exempt those with breathing issues that prevent safely wearing a face covering). The complete order can be viewed at https://governor.wv.gov

Wearing a face covering and the following these recommendations, are our best defense against COVID-19:

-Do not 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.

 

UPDATE JULY 27, 2020

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 1 additional COVID-19 positive case of a Tucker County resident. The individual is quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.  TCHD has completed an investigation and has contacted people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive case.  Those contacts are quarantined and will be monitored according to CDC protocol.  This positive is Tucker County’s 8th positive case and is currently the only known active case in the county.  This positive is a reminder that we must be cautious and take precautions like the ones below.

If you are traveling out of state, consider the following safety measures upon returning.

  • Self-monitor your health 14 days following out of state travel. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others.
  • Avoid going into public places for 14 days following out-of-state travel.
  • If you do need to go out into public, wear a cloth face covering when going into public places like stores, restaurants, and work/school.

 

Wear face coverings.  Executive order 50-20 requires face coverings in all indoor public places.  The order states that anyone over the age of 9 must wear face coverings in all public places where social distancing cannot be maintained.  (the order does exempt those with breathing issues that prevent safely wearing a face covering). The complete order can be viewed at https://governor.wv.gov

Wearing a face covering and the following these recommendations, are our best defense against COVID-19:

-Do not 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.

 

 

Information and updates about COVID-19 @ tuckerhealthwv.com

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