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Last week, the Grant County Health Department announced that of the 117 community members who came out to be tested for COVID-19, none returned a positive result.

The tests, which were performed at the Grove Street Health Center, were part of a statewide effort to expand testing amid reopening efforts.

The area’s primary testing site, Grant Memorial Hos- pital (GMH) has performed 667 specimen tests, including not only community members with potential exposure, but also day care workers, athletic coaches and pre-operation screenings. GMH has also tested 266 residents and staff from the Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center.

In her release to the public, Sandria Glasscock, the public information officer with the Grant County Health Department, also warned of a recent outbreak among visitors to Myrtle Beach, a popular vacation spot in South Carolina.

“It is recommended that anyone returning from that area monitor closely for symptoms for 14 days,” Glasscock advised. “If you choose to be tested, do not test before five days after your return. Testing too early can lead to a negative and provide a false sense of security. If any symptoms occur, be tested. Stay home as much as possible and avoid contact with others. If you must go out, social distance by maintaining six feet distance from everyone, and wear a mask.”

Glasscock advises anyone with an unexplained fever, cough, or shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell to not leave their home and call Grant Memorial Hospital at 304-257-1026 and press five to speak to an emergency room nurse, or Grove Street Health Center at 304-257-2451 to help determine if testing is indicated.

June 17, 2020 Grant County Public Information

By Sandria Glasscock, RN

Public Information Officer

June 16, 2020

Initial numbers from the EAHawse community testing indicate 117 were tested from Grant County. Initial reports show no positive tests. Information will be updated when all results are in.

Grant County Total Positive cases:  16: (Total 15 positives, 1 probable) 13 have recovered and 3 cases are recuperating at home. Contacts have been notified and are being monitored and self-quarantining.

(To see the Governor’s full guidance for reopening, go to www.wvgovernor.gov)

If you have unexplained fever, cough, or shortness of breath or sudden loss of taste or smell please do NOT leave your home. Call Grant Memorial Hospital (304) 257 1026 and press 5 to speak to an ER nurse, or Grove Street Health Center at 304-257-2451 to help determine if testing is indicated.  

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive. 

GMH COVID tests:  600 specimens have been sent for testing from Grant and surrounding counties; these tests include Day Care workers, Athletic Coaches, and Pre-Op screenings.

There have been 19 positives from GMH. GMH also tested 266 residents and staff from GCRCC in April that were all negative.

WV reported   132,446 tests   2,322 positive 88 deaths 

Positive/probable COVID19 cases reported to WVDHHR:  Barbour 10/0, Berkeley 381/18, Boone 18/0, Braxton 3/0, Brook 5/1, Cabell 73/2, Calhoun 2/0, Clay 10/0, Fayette 54/0, Gilmer 10/0, Grant 15/1, Greenbrier 30/0, Hampshire 39/0, Hancock 18/2, Hardy 40/0, Harrison 48/1, Jackson 141/1, Jefferson 207/5, Kanawha 242/7, Lewis 8/0, Lincoln 5/0, Logan 21/0, Marion 51/2, Marshall 34/0, Mason 15/0, McDowell 6/0, Mercer 14/0, Mineral 49/2, Mingo 9/3, Monongalia 130/14, Monroe 8/1, Morgan 18/1, Nicholas 7/0, Ohio 53/0, Pendleton 11/2, Pleasants 3/1, Pocahontas 20/1, Preston 19/5, Putnam 41/0, Raleigh 25/1, Randolph 141/0, Ritchie 2/0, Roane 11/0, Summers 1/0, Taylor 9/1, Tyler 3/0, Tucker 4/0, Upshur 6/1, Wayne 105/0, Wetzel 9/0, Wirt 4/0, Wood 52/4 ,Wyoming 5/0. 

Two men were arrested after leading local officers on a high speed pursuit across the county.

On June 10, Sgt. K.R. Thorne of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a reported domestic violence situation at 19 Myrtle Avenue in Petersburg.

When he arrived, Thorne was informed that two suspects, identified as Matthew Delawder, 36, of Moorefield, and Tyler Crawford, 25, of Petersburg, had just left the residence.

Thorne then located the vehicle driven by the two suspects on Keyser Avenue and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Upon activation of Thorne’s emergency lights and siren, the suspect vehicle fled, turning off of Keyser Avenue and onto Route 42.

Grant County incumbent falls in Republican commission race

FULL ELECTION RESULTS

For the first time in nearly two decades, Grant County voters said yes to an excess levy, which will provide additional funding for the county’s schools. Voters took to the polls last Tuesday to cast their ballot on multiple items, including  the Republican candidate for county commissioner and the proposed tax increase. 

The levy, which was called late last year by the Grant County Board of Education, pointed to necessary repairs to the area’s crumbling school facilities and the need for increased safety measures. 

While it may be unlike any before in Grant County, the West Virginia University Extension Office announced last week that they would still be hosting a virtual 4-H camp program.

In the announcement, WVU Extension Director Alexandra Coffman explained that Grant County 4-H is combining with Pendleton County for the first ever “Grant-Pendleton Virtual 4-H Camp”.

Expands program that helps give independence to those with developmental disabilities

It was after a lot of prayer that Lucy Kimble and her husband first decided to consider the Potomac Highlands Guild (PHG) and their residential service program as a living option for their two daughters. The sisters have a rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome, which causes delayed development, problems with speech and balance, intellectual disability, and sometimes, seizures. While severity of the condition can vary, it can make living alone difficult or even dangerous. This can be a frightening prospect for parents or grandparents of children with developmental disabilities, making planning for their loved one’s future a daunting but very vital task.

This was the reality for Kimble, who said one of her biggest concerns as a mother was for the future of her daughters, knowing she may not always be there to provide for them.

“When I think about the future, it is difficult for a parent to think of not being able to be there for their children, but I want to know they are in a good place.”

During their May 26 meeting, the Grant County Board of Education discussed future plans, including their hopes to host prom, graduation, facility sanitation to fight COVID-19 and what would happen if the schools were required to remain closed next semester.

One topic that has been heavily requested over the past few weeks concerns a potential prom amid the social distancing requirements. Earlier this month, local parent Rachel Moyers, requested the board find a way to provide prom, pointing to parents who had already purchased dresses and tuxedos and the importance of the event to the graduating seniors.

Visitors to the Grant County Courthouses will now be able to see a piece of original artwork by local artist Doug Veach.

Veach presented copies of the painting he created of the Old Grant County Courthouse to the Grant County commission last week.

However, while printing the second copy of the artwork, a unique flaw showed up, placing an unintended rainbow mark directly over the American flag flying in the image. 

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the addition of a second full-time deputy to the Potomac Highlands Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

This task force is a federally funded effort that primarily investigates drug-related crimes in the region, with the goal of directly tackling the drug crisis faced by the state.

According to the office, the ability to add the second deputy was due to the Grant County Commission’s willingness to support law enforcement by funding two new deputy positions for the department’s general duties. 

In a release by the department, Grant County Sheriff Brian Ours said both he and the commission see the drug problem in the county as one of the primary issues faced by the community and needs to be aggressively addressed. 

“Having deputies assigned to this task force is one of the best ways to address this problem,” Ours said. “The officers on the task force have the ability to focus solely on drug investigations and further prosecute them through the federal justice system where the penalties are generally far greater than state court. 

Last week, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he will allow youth sports to resume games with spectators in the stands this summer as he moves to continue lifting coronavirus restrictions. Final stages addressed by Justice for reopening the state included swimming pools, sporting events, movie theaters and bowling allys. 

Earlier this month, a child protective services call ended in the arrest of two Petersburg residents on drug charges.

Gareth Paul Berg and Robin Urich, of 78 Boardwalk Drive, were arrested for possession of methamphetamine following an investigation while assisting child protective services at their shared residence.

Grant County Sheriff’s deputies were requested at the home to assist after a referral was issued to the protective agency for “deplorable living conditions” where a child resides.

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