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COVID-19 case at North Central Regional Jail

Washington County has no active cases

PARKERSBURG — The last Mid-Ohio Valley county to record a positive COVID-19 case has one, while Washington County health officials say they are no longer monitoring any active cases.

A positive case is expected to be added to Doddridge County, said county Health Department Administrator Debbie Davis, for the first time since the pandemic began. An inmate at the North Central Regional Jail there tested positive last week after enhanced testing of all inmates and jail personnel began there last week.

“We just got our first case today,” Davis said Monday. “We were told it was going to count in our numbers” by the state.

The inmate arrived at the jail – which generally houses prisoners from Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties – on May 30, according to Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security. Under COVID-19 protocols in place since early March, all newly arriving inmates are quarantined for 14 days, so the inmate was still in quarantine when tested, he said.

“The inmate is asymptomatic, in good condition and remains in isolation,” Messina said.

As of Sunday afternoon, the inmate was the only one of 745 tested at the jail with a positive result, but 244 tests were still pending, according to statistics from the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Updated statistics had not been posted as of 5 p.m. Monday.

The inmate who tested positive is not from Doddridge County, Davis said.

Excluding jail statistics, there have been 118 tests in the county with no positive results, she said.

In Washington County, there have been 118 confirmed cases, with 15 hospitalizations and 19 deaths. According to a joint press release issued Friday by the Marietta/Belpre and Washington County Health Departments and the Memorial Health System, all cases have been closed and are no longer being actively monitored by health departments.

“This means that the case has completed the required isolation period and has gone at least 72 hours without fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications), shown improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared,” the release says.

But that does not mean residents should cease taking precautions.

“We’re all in this together, and our individual decisions and actions can impact many other people,” said Marietta/Belpre Health Commissioner Anne Goon.

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