Justice directs resources to Beckley, Logan hospitals following outbreaks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice directed  state resources to a pair of southern West Virginia hospitals Saturday evening following separate outbreaks of COVID-19 cases.

The outbreaks have involved patients and staff at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and Logan Regional Medical Center, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

The Logan County Health Department said 13 staff members tested positive Friday at Logan Regional.

The state’s assistance includes DHHR’s epidemiologists helping with contact tracing, DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch communicating with hospital administrators, the National Guard offering deep cleaning services and the Guard and DHHR working with the local health departments on testing events set for Sunday and Monday.

Logan County’s testing will be held, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Logan County Emergency Ambulance Authority Station 30, 26 ½ Main Ave., in Logan. On Monday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., testing will be held at Beckley ARH Southern Clinic, 250 Stanaford Rd, in Beckley.

Bar ban extended

Gov. Justice also signed another 10-day extension to the bar ban in Monongalia County Saturday, extending the ban to Aug. 13.

“As we approach the end of summer, it is still extremely important for us to keep seeing more improvement with our numbers in Monongalia County,” Justice said in a news release. “We’re going to keep watching our numbers every single day. We want to get our bars in Mon County reopened as soon as possible, but we need to make sure we do it in a way that’s safest for everyone in the community.”

As of Saturday morning, nearly 8 percent of the state’s active cases were in Monongalia County.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department reported a COVID-19 death in its Saturday evening report, the county’s 21st.

The state DHHR said testing events Saturday in Gilmer and Marion counties were busy.


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