KEYSER - As COVID-19 continues to sweep through nursing homes in New York, New Jersey and several facilities in West Virginia, a “crisis committee” in Mineral County has been meeting with the staffs of the two local nursing homes to make sure every precaution is being taken to keep their residents safe.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - As COVID-19 continues to sweep through nursing homes in New York, New Jersey and several facilities in West Virginia, a “crisis committee” in Mineral County has been meeting with the staffs of the two local nursing homes to make sure every precaution is being taken to keep their residents safe.
“The Mineral County COVID Crisis Committee has met with Piney Valley and Dawnview to make sure plans are in place,” Mineral County Health Department administrator A.Jay Root told the News Tribune Friday.
If a case would be confirmed in either facility, Root said he wants to be able to “get in that facility quick and take the necessary steps to keep the residents and staff as safe as possible.”
According to reports by the Associated Press, COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in nursing homes in Boone, Kanawha, Monongalia and Wayne counties.
A press release for Stonerise Healthcare, which operates Piney Valley in Keyser and 16 other facilities, stated that so far only one of their facilities - Eastbrook Center in Charleston - has experienced any positive test results.
“All patients in that center have been tested. Seven patients tested positive and 118 tested negative,” the release said.
When a resident tests positive in a care facility, staff members are also tested.
 “All employees, with the exception of one, have been tested,” Stonerise said of the Eastbrook Center. “Three employees tested positive and 228 tested negative.”
According to the release, those who tested positive were placed in isolation.
According to reports from the Associated Press, some nursing centers have reported deaths due to the coronavirus.
At Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Wayne County, for example, one death from COVID-19 had been reported as of Wednesday, with 39 positives among the residents and 33 staffers. At Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown, three resident deaths were reported, with approximately 30 positive tests.
Root said he and the committee will continue to work closely with Mineral County’s two nursing homes as the pandemic continues.