COVID-19 update from UBHD

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County currently has 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two probables (33/2).  Twelve of those cases are currently active, with one hospitalized and many soon coming off quarantine.  Upshur County has no deaths and 23 have recovered, including the probables that are showing up on the WV DHHR website. 

Our staff has been working on contact tracing diligently, but this is a very time consuming and labor-intensive job as a State of WV and CDC requirement.  No other information will be released at this time.  We ask you to rely on what is posted on the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department Facebook page.  Technically, we are not mandated to report anything to the public, but we do this to keep you informed.  No personal information will be released on any patient. 

Residents should continue to follow CDC guidelines that will keep them and their community safe.  UBHD also wants to make it clear that anyone who is waiting for COVID-19 test results should remain self-quarantined to protect family members and working partners.  Everyone who can work from home should take advantage of this opportunity, only making trips outside for essential errands. 

Other measures that individuals should take include:

Stay at home; Keep a safe distance (6 feet); Wash hands often; Cover coughs and sneezes; Wear a mask; Treat everyone as infectious; Avoid hot spot vacation destinations; and if you are quarantined, follow instructions.

We must listen to our Governor and health officials to help reduce the spread of this virus.  If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or have recently traveled to a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and exposure.  They will decide whether you need to be tested.  Currently, there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

Testing can be obtained locally by calling your private provider and they can send an order for lab testing.  Please call (304) 473-2161 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., before going to the hospital for testing.  Please help us keep our doctor offices and hospitals safe.  The symptoms of COVID-19, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure are:  Fever, Cough, and Shortness of Breath.