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The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met the morning of Tuesday, September 29, via conference call and reports the following information.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Greenbrier County has 130 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 125 recovered cases, 5 active cases, 0 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here, and folks are acquiring it here.) Our active cases are decreasing, which is great news. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus.

FLU SEASON is upon us! Please get your flu shot from your normal providers.

HARM REDUCTION services will not be offered this week due to supply chain issues but should be up and running next week.

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS. We are seeing more and more remote learning students wanting to return to in-person school. Let’s all keep doing our part to maintain low numbers of new cases in the county!

RCB CLINIC. Flu season has begun. Folks are coming to us with flu-like symptoms. We are offering flu shots. A new family medicine physician, Dr. Angela Pendleton, will be starting at the clinic on Oct 19.

RAINELLE MEDICAL. We are still doing temperature checks and screening at the front door and conducting COVID testing daily at all locations. Waiting room times are limited to avoid congregating inside. We have been conducting some flu vaccination clinics, as it is more important than ever to be vaccinated for the flu. The next one will be Tuesday September 29, 2020 from 9am-5pm in the white tent located outside the main entrance of the clinic. No appointment is necessary.

COMMITTEE ON AGING. We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program still into the fall. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance.

ACCESS TO EDUCATION. A partnership with Greenbrier County Schools, Communities in Schools, Dinsmore & Shohl, Bimbo Coles & Company, B3 Security, Marvel Center, and High Rocks will provide tutoring and Wifi access to local students. The tutoring locations are High Rocks, Bimbo Coles & Co, and Marvel. Social distancing will be practiced. Tutoring is available 10am-6pm from Monday-Wednesday. All tutors receive background checks. To sign up for tutoring, email Jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com or tammy.bennett@dinsmore.com.

TASK FORCE MEETINGS will be held on Tuesdays at 11am moving forward.

Submitted by Senator Stephen Baldwin on behalf of the Task Force.

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