U-BHD reports Upshur is back to “Orange”


BUCKHANNON — As of Friday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has returned to “Orange” status and confirmed a total of 268 cases of COVID-19 to date, with six probable cases (268/6) and 42 cases are currently active. Upshur County has had four deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 228 cases have reportedly now recovered, including one probable case.

The ages range from 2 years old to 85 years old. Do these ages represent your age group? Please do your part. U-BHD staff has been working on contact tracing diligently, which is a very time consuming and labor-intensive requirement by the State of WV and CDC. They are reporting the accurate numbers for Upshur County and these numbers are the most current.

Residents, please follow State and CDC guidelines that will keep family members and the community safe. U-BHD 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. Everyone who can work from home should take advantage of this opportunity, only making trips outside for essential errands.

Other measures that individuals should include:

  • Wear a mask
  • Keep a safe distance (6 feet) or more
  • Wash hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when able
  • Please treat everyone as infectious, protect yourself and follow the guidelines put out by the CDC
  • Avoid hot spot vacation destinations
  • If you are quarantined, do as instructed

Residents must listen to the 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 of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and 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.

Free COVID-19 testing will be provided again this Sunday, Nov. 1 at Buckhannon-Upshur High School’s stadium parking lot from 12-4:00 p.m.  This testing is free and available to all residents, including asymptomatic individuals. Proof of insurance is not required, but participants should bring identification to help in returning test results.  Those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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 7:00 am - 3:00 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, Shortness of Breath, Loss of Taste or Smell.

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