Taylor County COVID numbers continue to stay low

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TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County’s health officials and leadership continue to work to ensure the community stay as safe as possible against Coronavirus.
While the county has always seen a low number of positives, the same cannot be said about the surrounding counties, and through the diligence and hard work of not only the officials but the community at large, the virus has been kept at bay.
Grafton-Taylor County Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn reported that on Friday morning, Taylor County was sitting at a 0.98 percent positivity rate, well below the state’s 2.0 percent positivity rate.
“So far we have had 920 tests completed and 906 of those are negative,” he revealed. “We are still waiting on the results of four tests. Taylor County has only had eight total cases and all eight of those have recovered.”
Thorn said that currently, the county has one probable case, that was found through serology and antibody testing.
“The patient had the antibody testing completed from a previous infection, and it is believed that they were in fact COVID positive at some point,” he reported.
He said that to-date there has been no recent community transmission, and he is happy with that fact.
Because of the lack of need for large numbers of individuals being tested, the Grafton-Taylor Health Department made the decision to close up shop at their mobile testing site.
Testing of possible COVID patients will continue, but it will be carried out at Grafton City Hospital, according to Thorn. If the need arises, the mobile site will become operational once more.
During the update meeting held on Friday, Thorn also reported that Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer, was working in conjunction with Grafton City Hospital for additional testing for residents.
“He has been working with the FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the hospital to try and do some kind of community-wide testing,” he said. “Hopefully that will be in the form of antibody testing, and more information about that will be released as it becomes available.”
On Friday, the Pruntytown Correctional Center underwent testing to ensure the prevention of the virus through the facility.
“Right now, they should be undertaking the testing of their staff and all the inmates,” said Thorn during the morning meeting. “The results of those tests will be communicated to the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department so that we may begin immediate contact tracing should it be needed.”
Finally, he revealed that the summer food distribution would not be held this Tuesday but would resume the week following and would continue throughout the summer at the Project HOP2E, Flemington Elementary, Grafton High School and Thornton Community Building sites.
Although the school year has been officially completed, the health department continues to work closely with the schools to help ensure the safety of students.
“I have met with the coaches who work over the West Virginia Secondary Schools Athletic Commission Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3 conditioning, and they have a solid plan,” said Thorn. “They will begin working on that on Monday. And the school has a taskforce that has a committee for re-entry in the fall, and we are meeting weekly to work out our plans.”
Thorn finished out the meeting sharing that he is pleased with the low number of cases in the county and the efforts put forth by the community to help mitigate the spread of the virus
“If we keep doing what we are asked to do, we will continue to stay ahead of the virus,” he imparted. “Everyone is doing great! Keep up the great work!”

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