Testing sites report busy start

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Early indications is that COVID-19 testing sites in six West Virginia counties Friday opened to long lines, especially in Morgantown where there’s been a recent outbreak.

The Morgantown testing site is set up at the Farmers Market on Spruce Street and a line of vehicles stretched through the downtown and toward Sabraton along with a long line of walk-ups.

Monongalia County has had a significant increase in cases since July 1. It has 235 active cases.

The testing site in Marshall County is set up at the city hall in McMechen.

“We have received a lot of phone calls, a lot of questions on social media, very, very, large number of questions concerning this and we are expecting what we believe will be a very large turnout,” Marshall County Health Department Threat Preparedness Director Mark Ackermann told MetroNews.

Friday and Saturday will mark the first time the state has come to Marshall County with its testing program. Ackermann said it comes at a good time because confirmed cases have shown a recent spike there.

“I think it will be a lot of people potentially coming back from vacations wanting to know if they have it or not,” he said.

The state DHHR reported an additional 56 COVID-19 cases in its Friday morning report. The state puts active cases at 1,074. The daily positive test rate has dropped to 3.86 percent. Deaths caused by COVID-19 remains at 95. Hospitalizations are now at 56, the highest since May 1. The number of hospitalizations have more than doubled in a week.

Gov. Jim Justice has another media briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus at 12:15 Friday.

Testing is scheduled Friday and Saturday at the following locations:

Marshall County

Friday, July 10
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
McMechen City Hall: 325 Logan Street, McMechen, WV 26040

Saturday, July 11
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marshall County Health Department: 513 6th Street, Moundsville, WV 26041

Mercer County

Saturday, July 11
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mercer County Health Department: 978 Blue Prince Road, Bluefield, WV 24701

Monongalia County

Friday, July 10
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Morgantown Farmer’s Market (Downtown): 400 Spruce Street, Morgantown, WV 26505

Saturday, July 11
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mountainview Elementary School: 661 Green Bag Road, Morgantown, WV 26508

Preston County

Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kingwood Elementary School: 207 South Price Street, Kingwood, WV 26537

Upshur County

Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Buckhannon-Upshur High School: 270 B-U Drive, Buckhannon, WV 26201

Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
78 Queens Alley, Rock Cave, WV 26234

Wayne County

Friday, July 10
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dunlow Community Center: 1475 Left Fork Dunlow Bypass Road, Dunlow, WV 25511

Saturday, July 11
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wayne Elementary School: 80 McGinnis Drive, Wayne, WV 25570

Total COVID-19 cases per county include:

(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (18/0), Berkeley (502/18), Boone (30/0), Braxton (4/0), Brooke (18/1), Cabell (184/6), Calhoun (4/0), Clay (11/0), Fayette (79/0), Gilmer (13/0), Grant (17/1), Greenbrier (69/0), Hampshire (42/0), Hancock (32/3), Hardy (45/1), Harrison (108/0), Jackson (148/0), Jefferson (247/5), Kanawha (377/12), Lewis (19/1), Lincoln (10/0), Logan (33/0), Marion (95/3), Marshall (54/1), Mason (23/0), McDowell (7/0), Mercer (61/0), Mineral (60/2), Mingo (25/2), Monongalia (416/14), Monroe (14/1), Morgan (19/1), Nicholas (15/1), Ohio (125/0), Pendleton (13/1), Pleasants (5/1), Pocahontas (36/1), Preston (78/16), Putnam (80/1), Raleigh (68/3), Randolph (175/2), Ritchie (2/0), Roane (12/0), Summers (2/0), Taylor (20/1), Tucker (6/0), Tyler (9/0), Upshur (22/1), Wayne (121/1), Webster (1/0), Wetzel (28/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (157/9), Wyoming (7/0).





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