County's positive COVID cases dip into single digits


TAYLOR COUNTY—Weeks after an outbreak was reported at the Genesis Rosewood Center, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department (GTCHD) has revealed that the incident has been closed, as positive cases have subsided.

In late August, the health department announced that the center had fallen victim to the Coronavirus disease, as more than 30 individuals, both residents and staff, were reported to have tested positive for the virus. 

After diligent efforts were made by the administration and staff of Rosewood, in conjunction with the health department, the final positive patients have recovered, and the outbreak has come to an end.

Throughout the incident, the staff and residents underwent various tests, to ensure that the virus’s spread was mitigated. 

With the news of the closure of the outbreak, the GTCHD reported that the county’s positive case count has dipped below 10 patients.

“We currently have recorded 118 total positives for the county,” said GTCHD Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn. Of those, only 7 cases are active, and 105 patients have recovered. Unfortunately, the county has had six deaths related to the virus, and that is just six people too many.” 

While numbers have decreased significantly, health department officials strongly encourage everyone to practice the measures in place for their protection.

“These measures include frequent hand washing, face coverings to include a mask, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, avoid close contact and cover coughs and sneezes,” Thorn said. “Now is not the time to get too comfortable and forget everything that the community has been doing to help curb the spread of the virus.” 

He shared that special measure should also be taken for those at a higher risk of infection, including those who are older or have other medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung disease, including increase distancing. 

The GTCHD would like to remind residents that the mobile drive through unit will still be serving patients at the First Baptist Church parking lot. The church is located at 2034 Webster Pike, on US Route 119 South, just outside of Grafton.

Testing will take place Monday through Friday, beginning at noon. Patients will still need to call Grafton City Hospital at 304-265-0400 to schedule a testing time and date.

“Soon we will not only be testing for COVID-19 at the drive thru site, but we will do flu swabbing at the same time,” said County Health Officer David Bender. “Both of these viruses share some symptoms and the extra swab will take only seconds to perform. We strongly encourage all residents to get their flu vaccinations.”

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