COVID-19 UPDATE

Update June 25, 2020

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The following is from the state’s “Guidance for Vacation Travel” (which can be viewed at tuckerhealthwv.com)

SAFETY MEASURES FOLLOWING RETURN FROM TRAVEL

  • 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.
  • If you must be around others practice social distancing (keep 6 feet away from individuals).
  • If your job permits and to protect others, it is recommended that you telework for 14 days following out-of-state travel.

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:

-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.

 

As of this morning, 1,311 tests have been given to Tucker County residents, out of those tests 6 tests were positive (5 have recovered) and 1,092 tests that were negative.  We strongly encourage all essential workers to take advantage of the testing opportunities. 

Update June 23, 2020

Last evening, the Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) was 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 begun an investigation and will be contacting people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive case.  These contacts will be quarantined and will be monitored according to CDC protocol.

Reports from yesterday said that West Virginia’s COVID-19 cases have increased by 28 percent in the last 2 weeks.

A COVID-19 outbreak linked to a church in southern West Virginia has grown to at least 41 cases.  The state has seen multiple outbreaks this month connected to church services.

Preston County has reported at least 26 cases stemming from trips to Myrtle Beach. Cabell and Kanawha counties have also reported spikes after residents traveled to the popular beach getaway.

All these things are reminders that COVID-19 is not gone, and we need to be cautious.  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:

-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.

 

As of this morning, 1,076 tests have been given to Tucker County residents, out of those tests 6 tests were positive (5 have recovered) and 1,054 tests that were negative.  We strongly encourage all essential workers to take advantage of the testing opportunities. 

Update June 18, 2020

As of this morning, 1,025 tests have been given to Tucker County residents, out of those tests 5 tests were positive (4 individuals have recovered) and 816 tests that were negative.

As of last evening, at least six local health departments in West Virginia have recently reported COVID-19 outbreaks related to churches.  TCHD continues to remind everyone to be careful when gathering, whether churches, stores, or restaurants, the more crowded the area, the more likely the chance of exposure. If individuals are in a closed area for an extended period it increases the risk of exposure, as well.

An outbreak of COVID-19 is ongoing in a neighboring county and the cases appear to be connected to a recent trip to the beach. The TCHD would like to caution anyone going on a vacation to a largely crowed area to be extra cautious while there and to practice social distancing, wash hands, wear face coverings and avoid large crowds where social distancing is next to impossible.

The West Virginia State Fair was cancelled today.  Fair personnel said that a local outbreak and the increase in positive cases at a lot of tourist areas, led to the decision.  Several states are currently seeing the highest numbers of new COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started.

All these things reminder us that COVID-19 is not gone, and we need to be cautious.  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:

-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

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

Toll-free at 1-800-887-4304

 

June 12, 2020

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Today, the Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 1 additional COVID-19 positive case of a Tucker County resident.  The case is connected to the outbreak at the Huttonsville Correction Facility. The individual is quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.  TCHD has begun an investigation and will be contacting people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive case.  These contacts will be quarantined and will be monitored according to CDC protocol.

This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not gone, and we need to be cautious.  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:

-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.

 

The TCHD and Tucker County Office of Emergency Management (TCOEM) continue to work to respond to this pandemic.  Our county’s clinics are in the process of testing essential workers in our county and TCHD is prepared for increased contact tracing and case investigation activities to respond if there is 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 strongly encourage all essential workers to take advantage of the testing opportunities.  It is critical that we identify positive cases and respond quickly to those cases.

 

June 10, 2020

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

On Friday, June 5th, the Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) was notified of 2 additional COVID-19 positive cases of Tucker County residents. Since Friday morning, the investigation has continued, and additional testing has been conducted and we have received all the results. And now, this morning, we have an update regarding both of those cases.    Last week, the State of WV Division of Disease and Epidemiology added a new definition when establishing COVID-19 cases.  COVID-19 cases are now all defined as either confirmed, probable, or suspected. The definition of suspected case is the individual must be asymptomatic (meaning no symptoms of disease) and have two negative tests within 10 days of the initial positive. The person also must not have an identified exposure to a positive case.  Both the cases from Friday, June 5th have met these requirements and have been changed to suspected cases. The individuals and their contacts have been released from quarantine. Tucker County’s case number will be changed from 6 confirmed cases to 4 with zero probable cases.  TCHD will continue to follow CDC and state guidance in handling COVID-19 test results, investigations, and response to COVID-19.

Please remember to be safe and take the appropriate precautions.  THE TCHD STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT EVERYONE WEARS A CLOTH FACE COVERING WHEN IN PUBLIC!

We must continue to follow these recommendations:

-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.  Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if hand washing isn’t possible.

 

The TCHD, Tucker County Office of Emergency Management (TCOEM), our clinics and many agencies continue to work to respond to this pandemic.  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 strongly encourage all essential workers to take advantage of the testing opportunities.  It is critical that we identify positive cases and respond quickly to those cases.

 

 

UPDATE JUNE 5, 2020

 

Today, the Tucker County Health Department (TCHD) has been notified of 2 additional COVID-19 positive cases of Tucker County residents.  The cases appear not to be connected. The individuals are quarantined and will remain under quarantine until released by CDC protocol.  TCHD has begun an investigation and will be contacting people that have been identified as close contacts to the positive cases.  These contacts will be quarantined and will be monitored according to CDC protocol.

This is a reminder that COVID-19 is not gone, and we need to be cautious.  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:

-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. 

The TCHD and Tucker County Office of Emergency Management (TCOEM) continue to work to respond to this pandemic.  Our county’s clinics are in the process of testing essential workers in our county and TCHD is prepared for increased contact tracing and case investigation activities to respond if there is 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 strongly encourage all essential workers to take advantage of the testing opportunities.  It is critical that we identify positive cases and respond quickly to those cases.

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

 

Update June 4, 2020

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Two big announcements from the Governor today…

Gov. Jim Justice announced effective tonight at midnight, that casual public gatherings maximum group size will be increased to 100 people, loosening earlier guidance to hold such groups below 25.  Justice also announced fairs and festivals may resume, starting July 1, under guidelines that will be released Friday.

These announcements are in addition to other openings that are scheduled to occur such as:

June 5th:   Casinos and Movie Theaters may reopen*

June 8th:   Low-contact outdoor youth sports*

WVSSAC-sanctioned athletics & band summer training programs*

Little League Sports practices*

 

June 22nd: Youth sports games with spectators*

Outdoor sporting events with spectators*

 

*All the above must follow guidelines established by the Governor’s office These can be viewed at https://governor.wv.gov/Pages/The-Comeback.aspx

       

THE TCHD STRONGLY RECOMMENDS THAT as events, businesses and places are reopening and we get back out and begin to gather in larger crowds, we need to stay six feet apart and WEAR 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:

-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.

TUCKER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

As of this morning, 474 tests have been given to Tucker County residents, out of those tests 4 tests were positive (all individuals have recovered) and 291 tests that were 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)).

As the numbers show, 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 prepared for increased contact tracing and case investigation activities to respond if there is 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.

As businesses and places are reopening and we get back out, we need to continue with the preventive actions that have gotten us to where we are now…

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:

-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

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

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