U-B Health Department updates

BUCKHANNON — According to the local Health Department, Upshur County currently has 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three probable cases (36/3).  Of those, only one is currently active and will be soon coming off quarantine.  Upshur County still has zero deaths with 38 recovered cases, including two of the probable cases showing up on the WV DHHR website. 

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department’s staff has been working diligently on contact tracing, which is a very time consuming and labor-intensive requirement of the State of West Virginia and the CDC.

Health Department officials would like to thank the residents of Upshur County for the wonderful job that is being done to follow the guidelines and help keep friends and families safe. 

Residents should continue to follow CDC guidelines that will keep them and their community safe.  U-BHD also wants to make it clear that anyone who is waiting for COVID-19 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 the home for essential errands.

Other measure should 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 Follow instructions if you are quarantined.

The staff of U-BHD says we must listen to Governor Justice and health officials to help reduce the spread of this virus.  If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and exposure.  They will decide if you need to be tested.  Currently, there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may e 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 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 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 are fever cough and shortness of breath, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure.