Testing

Covid-19 testing was staged by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on May 11 in Montgomery. The department will offer walk-up testing on Sunday, July 12 in London.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority will conduct free, walk-up Covid-19 testing at the London First Church of God from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.

"We'll continue to offer testing to people throughout the summer," Dr. Sherri Young, health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said in a press release. "We hope people will continue to take advantage of testing. We especially encourage you to be tested if you've traveled to somewhere that has a lot of Covid-19 cases. If you can't make it to one of our drive-up events, you can also make an appointment in our clinic by calling 304-348-1088."

The London First Church of God is located on U.S. Route 60 across from the London Locks and Dam. Church officials will work with the Booker T. Washington Community Center at London and will have hot dogs, chips and bottled water.

The testing will follow Gov. Jim Justice's guidelines as outlined in the West Virginia Strong - The Comeback.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend, according to Timothy Pell, pastor of the London First Church of God.

No appointment is necessary. People are asked to bring insurance information if they have it.

The KCHD and the KCEAA will also stage drive-up testing from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 10 at the Shawnee Sports Complex in Dunbar, and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at the More Excellent Way Life Center Church, 504 Virginia Street West, Charleston.

At a July 1 drive-up session at the Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center in Charleston, 568 people were tested, according to Kanawha officials. It was the health department's 24th testing event, and it marked the largest turnout to date.

In a June 27 news release, the KCHD had warned residents of a local spike in Covid-19 cases. At the time, 25 of the county's cases had resulted from travel to or from the Myrtle Beach area, the release also noted. The number for Myrtle Beach area cases includes people who have gotten the virus from those who have traveled there.

"I am alarmed by the recent increase in cases," Young said in the release. "I know people want to go on vacation, but we can't let down our guard about Covid-19. This disease has not gone away just because we may be tired of hearing about it.

"Whether you're home or traveling, please continue to stay at least 6 feet away from people, avoid crowds, wear your face mask while you're out in public, and wash your hands frequently."

Through 4 p.m. on July 6, the department reported 356 Covid-19 cases (347 confirmed and nine probable). Of those, 69 were active and there had been 267 recoveries. The county has lost 20 residents to the virus.

For more, visit kchdwv.org or call 1-304-348-1088.

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Through Monday evening, July 6, Fayette County had 72 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to a report from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

In that span, there had been 188,875 total confirmatory laboratory results received statewide for Covid-19, with 3,442 total cases and 95 deaths.

In a Facebook posting on July 2, the Fayette County Health Department reported that 59 of the county's then-67 cases had recovered. There were four people isolating at home, and there have been four deaths. No hospitalizations were ongoing at the time.

In early July, FCHD Administrator Teri Harlan said the most recent positives were a mix of travel-related cases and community spread.

"It is important to know that this is not the time to let your guard down," a recent FCHD posting on Facebook read. "We have seen how quickly numbers can increase with the recent outbreaks in various counties.

"Please continue to practice social distancing. Please wear a mask or a cloth face covering when around others. Please wash your hands frequently and appropriately. And please continue to disinfect surfaces. Be safe."

Anyone with questions or concerns about being tested is urged to contact their health care provider or the FCHD at 304-574-1617.

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