The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met this the morning of September 21 via conference call and reports the following information.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT. Greenbrier County has 127 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 118 recovered cases, 9 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.) Last week we saw a marked increase in cases. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus.
GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS. We had our first positive student case. She was symptomatic. Contact tracing has been completed (for everyone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes). Greenbrier West, where the young lady is a student, is closed for three days for cleaning per the county reentry plan. During that three day period, there are no extracurricular activities either. (The state does not require a school closure in the event of a positive case, but our local county plan calls for a brief closure for cleaning and contact tracing just to be safe.)
GV MEDICAL CENTER. Our visitation policy will align with the county school systems in our region. While Greenbrier is in the green, our surrounding counties are seeing some higher case counts.
RCB CLINIC. Starting today, we will expand our mobile clinic hours to 9am-1pm for all patients & 1-330pm for children. The number of COVID tests remains steady each day.
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.
LONG TERM RECOVERY received some good news about grants for Alderson flooding which we are excited about! Since no federal funds are available, we are reliant exclusively on what we can raise. Be in touch if you’d like to assist.
THE HUB. Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals.
AIRPORT. We received Cares Act funds to remain in operation and keep staff working during the pandemic. Commercial and private flights continue. Private aviation traffic has actually increased during the pandemic. Fuel prices are low and purchases are high.
SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS. Remember to apply for the COVID small business grants (grants.wv.gov) as applications close in a little over a week.