The press conference held on Friday by Governor Jim Justice and the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health noted forecasts showing this past weekend should be the peak for West Virginia in the COVID-19 outbreak. The Jackson County Health Department confirmed on Sunday they did in fact see a peak in numbers, with their positive cases identified reaching to 31. It is important to note, of these 31 cases identified, 15 individuals have recovered successfully following their COVID-19 diagnosis, and the county is currently working on 15 active cases. Jackson County was the second county in the state to experience a death related to complications from COVID-19.

Jackson County Health Department officials are urging the public to stay vigilant and adhere to the Stay at Home order. While the state believes we hit our peak this past weekend, this is not the time to let your guard down. Jackson County Residents need to STAY HOME, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE FROM ONE ANOTHER, LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE, AND WHO MIGHT BE EXPOSED TO YOU. PHYSICAL DISTANCING REMAINS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

The public is encouraged to call the Jackson County Health Department or your local law enforcement agency to report large gatherings. All agencies are working together to keep the public as safe as possible and adhere to the social distancing requirements of no more than five people gathered and using a six-foot distance. Citations can and will be written if necessary, for those not adhering to the social distancing requirements.

Jackson County Health Department officials are reminding residents to only go out when necessary for essential items. Only one person in your household should go out to get groceries, medication, etc., so your family has less potential exposure to COVID-19. If you have a mask you are encouraged to wear it when going out in public to protect yourself and to protect others from you. Continue to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and refrain from touching your face. Cover your cough and sneeze. If you are not feeling well, isolate yourself from the others in your household and call your family physician.

Testing locations are available throughout the county. If you are an individual and you believe you are symptomatic and need evaluated for testing you may call Ripley Family Care at 304-372-1033; River Valley Family Care at 304-273-1033; or WVU/Jackson General Hospital at 304-373-1514. Each of these locations are offering telemedicine appointments to assess symptoms and will provide testing if you qualify. You must be evaluated through a telemedicine appointment to qualify for testing. WVU Medicine also has a drive-thru clinic set up at WVU Camden Clark Medical Center. Individuals can call 304-598-6000 #4 to be screened by a nurse navigator and receive an order to be tested utilizing their drive thru collection site.

For more information on COVID-19 you may call the Health Department at 304-372-2634. Information on guidance and protocols for COVID-19 are available at cdc.gov (COVID banner) or wv.gov (COVID-19 tab). Operators are also available 24/7 at the toll-free West Virginia Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-887-4304 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.