TAYLOR COUNTY—During the Monday morning COVID update call, county health officials discussed the current status of an outbreak at Genesis Health’s Rosewood Center and the current numbers for the county.
According to Grafton-Taylor County Health Department’s Threat Preparedness Coordinator Shawn Thorn, Rosewood in currently in the grips of an outbreak that has already seen the infection of 33 residents and 17 staffers.
It was reported that the West Virginia National Guard was going to come in and help with decontamination efforts, but unfortunately after a closer look at the facility, the initial plans have changed.
“I did learn from the State Center for Threat Preparedness that the National Guard was advised that Rosewood would not have a way to move their positive patients into a separate area,” Thorn said. “Therefore, the Guard will not be able to come up and do a deep, sanitizing cleaning at this time.”
He said that there were individuals from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the threat preparedness center that would be working with both entities to see what could possibly be done to help resolve the situation.
On a more solemn note, Thorn revealed that in addition to increasing positive Coronavirus cases, the county lost two more residents in the battle against the virus.
“Over the weekend, we had our second confirmed COVID related death for the county,” explained Thorn. “We unfortunately lost a 92-year-old female Taylor County resident at the Genesis Rosewood nursing facility.”
He then revealed that Doctor David Bender, County Health had confirmed Taylor County’s third death related to the Coronavirus disease just before the start of the morning call on Monday.
“I am deeply saddened to say that we have now had our third death in county,” said Thorn. “The patient was an 86-year-old female and was a resident at the Genesis Rosewood nursing facility.”
He expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased saying, “We want everyone to keep these families in their prayers during this difficult time. Although it is a low number comparatively, it is three people too many.”
Thorn noted that the report of a COVID-19 death reported is a solemn reminder of the seriousness of this disease.
“The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department (GTCHD) strongly encourages everyone to practice the measures in place for their protection,” he shared. “These measures include frequent hand washing, face coverings to include a mask, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, avoid close contact and cover coughs and sneezes.”
He shared that special measure should also be taken for those at a higher risk of infection, including those who are older or have other medical conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung disease, including increase distancing.
Also, on Monday, the GTCHD reported the 101st and 102nd positive cases of the Coronavirus disease involving Taylor County residents.
The 40 and 50-year-old patients, who contracted the virus through community spread, are currently isolating, and epidemiological investigation to include contact tracing is currently underway.
“This brings Taylor County’s case count to a total of 41 active Covid-19 cases, 58 patients who have recovered and, of course, our three deaths,” Thorn noted.
The GTCHD would like to remind residents that the mobile drive through unit will now be serving patients at the First Baptist Church parking lot. The church is located at 2034 Webster Pike, on US Route 119 South, just outside of Grafton.
Testing will take place Monday through Friday, beginning at noon. Patients will still need to call Grafton City Hospital at 304-265-0400 to schedule a testing date and time.