Mineral County COVID positives continue adding up; county offering free testing next week

Staff Writer
Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Mineral Daily News-Tribune

By Liz Beavers


Tribune Managing Editor

KEYSER - As COVID-19 positives continue to rise, Mineral County will again be offering free community testing next week.

As of Thanksgiving Day, Mineral County had 463 positive cases - a jump of 41 in just one day - and 23 probable cases.

Fifteen Mineral County residents - including eight residents at the Piney Valley Nursing Home -  have succumbed to COVID-related illness.

Although the Mineral County Health Department listed the total COVID positives since March as 1,036, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Friday listed the county’s total as 1,170. Mineral County continues to be in the Red both on the WVDHHR map and the West Virginia Department of Education’s map.

Over the holiday, the health department reported that an employee of Rainbow Lanes/Airport Pub in Keyser had tested positive, and advised the public that anyone who might have visited the business between Nov. 16-21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. might have come in contact with the employee.

The business was closed for environmental cleaning and will reopen following a re-inspection by the health department.

Health department administrator A.Jay Root advises the public that anyone who develops symptoms of the virus and feels they need to be tested should contact the health department at 304-788-1321 or their local provider, or visit  one of the free community testing sites.

Next week’s schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 1: 9 a.m. to noon at the Mineral County Technical Center; 2-5 p.m. at the Mineral County Fairgrounds.

Thursday, Dec. 3: 9 a.. to  noon at the Mineral County Technical Center; 2-5 p.m. at the Mineral County Fairgrounds.

Root also continues to remind the public that wearing a mask and practicing social distancing are the best ways to stop the virus from spreading.

 “Wearing a mask protects those around you. Social distancing limits the chances of COVID-19 droplets from spreading from one individual to another,” Root said. “Hand washing and sanitizing as well as not touching the mouth, eyes, or nose help eliminate or reduce self-contamination.”

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.mineralcountyhealthdepartment.com, visit the health department Facebook page, or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov (COVID-19 tab).