Bender: COVID case peak not yet reached, could be couple of weeks

TAYLOR COUNTY—The COVID crisis continues to plague the county, as health officials reported yet another outbreak among residents, as well as another life lost due to the virus.

“We have not had a good week at all here in Taylor County,” shared Grafton-Taylor County Health Department Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn. “Unfortunately, we have reported the county’s 28th death; a 59-year-old female, which is terrible news to have to share.”

He further revealed that the county has greatly surpassed 100 positive infections, reporting that there are currently 128 actively positive cases throughout the county, with five hospitalizations occurring.

“A portion of that number is in part to an outbreak at Genesis Health Care’s Rosewood Center,” he divulged. “There are ten residents and two staff members.”

Daily testing is occurring at the facility, and Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer, revealed that some of the patients are undergoing monoclonal antibody treatments to assist them in overcoming their infections.

And because of the rapid rise in cases, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources County Alert map has Taylor County solidly in the red designation.

“The state map has us at a 52.2 infection rate and an 8.24 percent positivity rate,” Thorn revealed. “However, some of the daily testing occurring at Rosewood will dilute that percent positivity number eventually. So, it is safe to say we are solid red.”

Bender voiced concern that even with the numbers reported, he does not feel that the county has reached the peak of the curve, adding that it could be a couple more weeks before that happens.

“We just want everyone to continue to be vigilant and mask up,” he imparted. “That’s all that we can do right now.”