TAYLOR COUNTY—With an upswing in COVID-19 cases involving Taylor County residents, health officials have been conducting even more testing, and are happy to reveal they have secured a date for a community wide testing event.
“We were the second to last county on the state’s list to be tested because our numbers were so low, but after the recent outbreaks and increased positive cases, I contacted the regional Epidemiologist and have secured a sooner testing date,” said County Health Officer Dr. David Bender.
Taylor County will undergo a free community wide testing on Saturday, August 8, from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the drive through testing site at Grafton High School.
“Testing is open to anyone. We are asking that anyone who comes to the testing brings a photo identification with them,” said Grafton-Taylor County Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn.
The effort is sponsored by the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department in cooperation with the Grafton City Hospital, Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, WV DHHR and the Taylor County Office of Emergency Management.
The funding for this has been provided by WV State Bureau of Public Health.
Bender said that the testing would be open to any individual who wished to know if they had an acute or subacute infection from the virus.
During the testing, cultures will be taken through nasal swabbing.
“A positive result will indicate a recent or active infection,” explained Bender. “If you have had a recent exposure to an infected or suspected individual we urge you to take part in the event. If you are having any symptoms this is a good time to get tested”
Even those who are not experiencing symptoms are encouraged to attend the testing event.
“Even if you are asymptomatic but just want to make sure you don’t have an active infection this is a good opportunity,” Bender noted.
Again, the testing is free to all who take part and all anyone needs to bring with them is a photo identification.
“Our volunteers will be on-site throughout the day to guide you through the easy testing process,” said Bender. “I hope we have a big turnout for this important community health event.”
The county currently has fifty-three positive cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving Taylor County residents and that the positivity rate now sits just over two percent.
Bender revealed that because of the increased positivity rate, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has added part-time contact tracer that will work with the county’s public health nurse to identify other persons in the community who may be at risk due to exposure.
He urged residents to remember that if they are going to congregate mask wearing should be utilized.
“The larger the group, the greater your risk will be. Gathering outside is safer than inside. If you do gather with a group remember to wash and/or sanitize your hands frequently,” he imparted. “Limit your retail shopping to necessities, avoid group gatherings, wear your mask and keep your paws clean!”