WV National Guard to assist in Rosewood outbreak


County’s testing continues in new location

TAYLOR COUNTY—Coronavirus cases continue to rise at Genesis Health Care’s Rosewood Facility, and the National Guard will soon be working alongside local health officials to address the issue.
According to Grafton-Taylor County Health Department Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn, the Guard was notified of the current outbreak and has since completed a preliminary evaluation of the facility to address concerns.
“The National Guard performed a walkthrough assessment of the facility on Wednesday,” he reported. “They advised that we would need to wait until the most recent test results were available before taking the next steps.”
Those results became available on Friday morning, and the number of positive cases once again increased. According to Thorn, 31 residents and 16 staff have been infected with the virus, bringing the current outbreak total 47 individuals.
“Now that we have the results, and those COVID positive patients have been identified and separated, the National Guard will come back to clean and decontaminate the facility,” Thorn explained.
Because of their prior experiences with outbreaks in nursing homes, he said it was in the best interest of the residents, staff and county to seek assistance from the National Guard.
“We requested them based on prior experiences and seeing how other nursing facilities that reach this level of outbreak have gone, so we wanted to be ahead of the curve and put that request in,” said Thorn.
In accordance with the governor’s order, the staff and residents of the Rosewood facility will undergo weekly mandatory testing until all individuals test negative twice.
“Right now, they’re on their third round of testing,” said Thorn.
With the increase of positive cases, it brings the county to a total to 98 known positive patients, with 56 recovered individuals, 41 active cases and one death.
To help curb the spread of the virus, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department in conjunction with Grafton City Hospital will continue to perform the testing of individuals who wish to take part or feel as if they have been exposed to COVID.
With the beginning of the school year inching closer, the mobile drive through unit will be changing locations beginning Monday, August 24, and will 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.

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