BUCKHANNON — The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department urges caution to residents and visitors with community spread of COVID-19 becoming more prevalent in the area. On Monday, local health officials confirmed Upshur County’s 18th case of coronavirus, citing nine currently active patients, with several soon due for release from quarantine.
The U-BHD assures they have been working diligently on the very time consuming and labor-intensive job of contact tracing, as required by the State of West Virginia and the CDC. No personal or identifying information will be released about any patients, and the health department asks that the public rely upon the information they regularly post to Facebook.
A press release issued by U-BHD said 10 of Upshur’s cases have now recovered, including the probable case listed on the DHHR’s dashboard. “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 their family members and working partners,” the statement read.
The U-BHD urges everyone who can work from home to do so and only venture out for essential errands. The press release also included the following measures individuals should implement: Stay home, keep a safe distance of 6 feet from others, wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, wear a mask, and treat everyone as if they are infectious.
“We must listen to our Governor and health officials and 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 of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and exposure,” U-BHD directed. The health professional screening you will determine if you need to be tested.
Your private healthcare provider or local hospital can send an order for testing, if deemed necessary. To help keep doctor’s offices and hospitals safe, U-BHD urges individuals to call (304) 473-2161 before going for testing. U-BHD emphasizes, “The symptoms of COVID-19 which may appear 2-14 days after exposure are: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath.” People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home. There is no current treatment for COVID-19, according to health officials.
Director Sue McKisic said U-BHD is currently in the planning process with the State of WV to conduct local surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals. Continue to follow U-BHD and The Record Delta for announcements of upcoming testing dates.