U-BHD reports new local cases


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department (U-BHD) has announced seven new active cases of COVID-19 since last Wednesday. Six out of the seven Upshur County cases were reported within 48 hours of each other.

The U-BHD is currently awaiting word from the state as to whether these new cases are travel-related, or the result of community spread. They are reportedly expecting results within a day or so.

As of right now, the county has not made any changes in response to the spike; however, they have received new guidelines for vacationing and strongly recommend residents who have traveled out of the state to quarantine for 14 days upon return.

“Just continue to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask. There are masks available here at the health department. We are strongly encouraging that we go back to the way we were before, before all of the limitations were lifted. Try not to take the whole family with you, if one person can do the shopping. Check on your neighbors. Keep that six-foot distance and make sure you have a mask on,” said Sue McKisic, Registered Nurse and the Nurse Director/Administrator for the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department. “I know some people can’t wear them but if the ones who can wear them are wearing them, then they are protecting the people who can’t wear them.”

McKisic also explained that the local health department has disposable and reusable cloth masks that can be washed available for distribution to the community, as needed.  She said they will be distributed one mask per person, per household.

As of now, the four previous Upshur County cases have been deemed recovered. The other two cases were explained to have been ruled out as not positive cases on a recent Facebook post from the “Upshur - Buckhannon Health Department” page on Saturday. “We at the Upshur -Buckhannon Health Department did our job as directed and after these 2 patients were each tested 3 times, as directed, they have now been ruled out as NOT being a positive case,” the post explained.

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