COVID-19 numbers increase in Taylor County


TAYLOR COUNTY—After several days of reporting no new positive cases of COVID-19 for Taylor County, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department reported nine new cases in just over one week.  

These cases were reported beginning on Monday, October 26, when it was revealed that one Taylor County adult has tested positive.                                                 

Two additional cases were reported the evening of Tuesday, October 27, both of which were also adults 

After a short lull in new cases to report, the GTCHD shared on Friday, October 30 that two more Taylor County adults had tested positive for the virus.

Over the weekend, only one new case was added on Saturday, October 31 and another followed closely being reported on Monday, November 2. These were also all involving adult individuals.

On Tuesday, November 3, the GTCHD once again announced two additional positive cases, one involving an adult, while the other was reported to be a minor. 

The Grafton-Taylor Health Department would again like to send a friendly reminder to those wanting more information than they at times report with Grafton-Taylor County Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn issuing the following statement:

 “An Individual’s right to privacy, and our duty to protect that right, will always come first. We, as parents and community members, understand your frustrations. However, we must at all times do our utmost to protect privacy.” 

With the recently added cases, as of press time, Taylor County’s total was brought to 168, with eight active, 152 recovered and eight deaths. 

As with all positive cases, the health department is continuing to work diligently in their Epidemiological investigation and contact tracing. 

The GTCHD continues to provide the community with free daily testing and encourages residents to take advantage.

  “We remind everyone that we are conducting FREE daily community testing at our mobile drive-thru site at the First Baptist Church of Grafton on US Rt 119, Monday thru Friday from noon to 2:00 p.m., with 100% FREE Flu Vaccinations (NO BILLING, ZERO COST) on Tuesday and Thursday at the testing site,” Thorn noted.

 And to make testing even easier, the health department is now offering pre-registration for their free COVID testing.

Patients can get registered in just a few minutes from the comfort of their own home. Taking advantage of pre-registration will speed up the testing process and decrease the time it takes to process the sample and obtain results.

Pre-registration can be completed by visiting https://wv.getmycovidresult.com/,  and following the instructions for creating an account.

 Once an account is created, the patient will be asked to verify their email address, and upon completion, they will be assigned a patient ID and QR code for the folks at GTCHD to scan at test site.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the health department urges residents to continue to follow the safety measures put in place by the WV DHHR and the Governor’s Executive Orders.

 

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