UPDATE: All COVID-19 tests from PHS test site negative, MOVHD says
UPDATE: 6/17/20 10:35 A.M.
No positive results for COVID-19 were returned after 628 people were tested Friday and Saturday at Parkersburg High School, the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said Wednesday morning.
The MOVHD reported the results in a Facebook post.
The department said everyone who participated in the drive-up testing will be receiving a telephone call to confirm the negative results.
As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 website showed seven active cases from among 56 reported in Wood County. Two people have died and 47 have recovered.
628 people were tested for the COVID-19 virus last Friday and Saturday at Parkersburg High School.
That's according to Carrie Brainard of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, who says that, as of 10:30 Tuesday morning, 269 test results had been received. All of them were negative.
It was not car to car, but a steady line of people driving through the back lot of Parkersburg High School to be tested for the virus.
"This is an opportunity for those people who wanted to be tested," said Carrie Brainard, Public Information Officer, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, "and a lot of people want to go traveling, so they can find out whether they do or don't have it, and that way, they can feel comfortable going out of state if they want to."
The state of West Virginia last week announced Wood County was among several in the state where free testing already has taken place. And on Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced expansion of testing throughout the Buckeye State.
"COVID19 testing is now available to everyone in Ohio even if you're low-risk and not showing symptoms," Governor DeWine announced. "We want those who want to be tested to be able to get tested. By knowing who has the virus, we can protect the vulnerable and stop its spread."
The testing sites are listed in a map on Ohio's coronavirus site.
There's also concern the virus could be spread during the mass demonstrations and protests of the past three weeks. At least two of those, on a smaller scale, have happened in Parkersburg and Marietta.
"We know people want to be together," Brainard acknowledged. "But if you can stay six feet apart, wear the mask, and that way, you're not going to hurt anyone and they're not going to hurt you."
The testing continues Saturday from 9 A.M.-4 P.M. at Parkersburg High School.
Parkersburg High School will be the location of a COVID-19 community test site late this week.
Governor Jim Justice announced Monday testing for Wood County residents is et fro 9AM-4PM Friday and Saturday.
it's being organized by the Hebert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, and is aimed at minorities and those who are considered vulnerable.
But the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department says anyone from the area-including those from outside Wood County-can be tested.
"We want anyone who feels they like to be tested, whether they have symptoms or not, you can come and be tested," says Carrie Brainard of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. "Now, this will be the COVID-19 test, it will not be the antibody test."
Brainard says some form of identification is required.
The governor, at his daily briefing, also announced a number of outdoor activities can resume June 22.
They include summer youth camps and youth and outdoor sports-with spectators-as well as open-air concerts at fairs and festivals.