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Staff member at Parkersburg Care Center tests positive for COVID-19

Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 1:12 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2020 at 5:56 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 7/06/20 6 P.M.

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department confirmed on Monday that one staff member at Parkersburg Care Center tested positive for COVID-19.

According to a release, the employee originally tested negative after all employees were screened on July 1. However, the employee became symptomatic and was retested, prompting the positive test results. The employee had not worked at the facility since June 27.

Although only one person has tested positive for the virus, state protocol considers this an outbreak, and it is being monitored by the health department. All residents were also tested for Coronavirus on Monday as a precaution.

The facility is working with the MOVHD epidemiologist and precautions are being taken to reduce the spread of the virus to residents and staff, according to the release.

“Parkersburg Care Center remains vigilant in protecting our patients, residents and staff,” states Center Executive Director, Ashley Ince. “The center has been proactively testing everyone in the building as this is a complex virus that is hard to detect and can take weeks to present itself. By routinely testing, nursing homes can better manage the spread of the virus and protect as many patients, residents and staff members as possible.”

Governor Jim Justice announced during his afternoon briefing on Monday that at least 100 people were being tested for COVID-19 at a nursing home in Wood County, though he did not specify which nursing home it was.

UPDATE: 7/6/20 1:35 P.M.

At least 100 people at an unnamed nursing home in Wood County are being tested for the coronavirus, an official said Monday afternoon during a Gov. Jim Justice’s media briefing on the virus.

Major General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard mentioned the nursing-home testing, but did not disclose any other details.

A spokesman for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department also said no other information about the testing was available to release.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ COVID-19 website showed no active cases at five Wood County nursing homes.

The website showed 132 total cases in Wood County. including 56 that were considered active.

Statewide, the website showed 3,442 cases.

News of the nursing-home testing came as Justice issued an order requiring people to wear masks or face coverings in public buildings. The order goes into effect at midnight Monday.

ORIGINAL STORY: 7/6/20

CHARLESTON, W.Va (WTAP) - Acting on a hint he dropped Thursday, Governor Jim Justice has mandated wearing masks or face coverings in West Virginia buildings outside the home.

The governor made his announcement at his news briefing Monday, shortly after acknowledging two more people connected to a coronavirus outbreak at a Greenbrier County church.

Justice’s executive order mandates face coverings at “all confined indoor businesses where social distancing is not possible”. He recommends mask-wearing in stores and restaurants.

Noting he expects pushback from his order, he said masks are “not the popular thing to do”, but the only smart thing to do right now, with COVID-19 cases rising throughout the country, including West Virginia.

He said positive case numbers are above 3.7%, and rose above 4% during the weekend. They were below 2% just a few weeks ago.

The order goes into effect Monday night at midnight.

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