Taylor County reviewing and retesting those cases that were announced yesterday

TAYLOR COUNTY--(October 1, 2020), Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer today announced that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department is reviewing and retesting 19 of the 21 positive cases announced yesterday, September 30, 2020.

As it was statistically unusual for Taylor County to have so many new cases at one time, the Health Officer ordered a review of the cases today to ascertain the validity of those positive results.

Patients were given free confirmatory testing today, and as a result 10 of the 19 are confirmed positive; one was removed as a confirmed case and deemed probable (commonly referred to as a false positive) by having 2 negative tests within 48 hours of the initial result; the remainder of the 19 in question returned with 1 negative test today, and are scheduled for a 2nd round tomorrow.

As a precautionary measure, all our testing staff was quick tested this morning with negative results (to rule out any chance of self-contamination), as well as all testing materials were disposed of and replaced with new lots of collection materials.

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 2pm.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is urged to follow best health practices as issued by the Governor’s Executive Orders and outlined by the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).