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Amendments to Public Health Order of April 5, 2020

The document below contains amendments and additions to the Jefferson County WV Board of Health Order of April 5, 2020.

Our staff is continuing to work on specific and detailed guidance related to this public health order. The order was a “broad strokes” document that was put together very quickly due to the urgency of the developments in the Eastern Panhandle. We thank you for your patience while we work on the finer details of the best ways to protect our community.

Temporary Suspension of Environmental Applications

Due to the increased workload related to COVID-19, our office will temporarily not be accepting new well and septic applications. We will still handle final inspections and repairs.

Our sanitarians are working one-on-one with local businesses to ensure all proper measures are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we focus on this vitally important issue.

Shelter-in-Place Order

In an emergency meeting held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 5, 2020, The Jefferson County Board of Health voted to approve the following orders. You can preview or download by clicking below.

Emergency Board of Health Meeting Sunday 4-5-2020

There will be an emergency meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Health on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at 2:00 PM. This will be a virtual meeting via zoom. View or download the agenda below:

Executive Order for Eastern Panhandle

Governor Justice has issued an executive order for the Eastern Panhandle. Provisions of the Executive Order include:
  • Limiting groups to a maximum of 5 people.
  • Directing ALL businesses to require employees to work from home to the maximum extent possible. 
  • Directing the Local Health Departments to establish the maximum occupancy of and proper social distance within essential businesses and taking action to enforce these health regulations. 
  • Directing the West Virginia National Guard to provide logistical support and services to assist county agencies.
  • Directing West Virginia State Police to assist with enforcement of local county orders.
 
More details available via the link below:
 

COVID-19 Update April 3

As of April 3, 2020, Jefferson County has had 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (11 active, 4 recovered). We have over 40 patients under daily active monitoring by our nursing staff.

West Virginia’s COVID-19 website has been updated to include more details about trends in laboratory-confirmed cases in West Virginia. Check it out here: coronavirus.wv.gov

If you haven’t already seen the interactive map on Johns Hopkins University website, you can find it here: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html Try to focus on that green number in the upper-right corner, and keep in mind that most people with COVID-19 will be able to recover without medical intervention.

Thank you to everyone who is helping slow the spread of this virus. Stay strong, we will get through this together!

COVID-19 Update – April 2

As of Thursday, April 2, 2020, there have been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County (8 active, 4 recovered). Over 5000 West Virginians have been tested, with a total of 217 confirmed cases in our state.

You can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing. This means reducing the number of places you go, people you interact with, and how physically close you get to others. During the governor’s stay-at-home order, everyone should limit the number of trips outside their home as much as possible – go out only if you are providing or procuring essential services. While you are out try to keep a distance of 6 feet between yourself and other people. When you return home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Thank you all for helping to keep our county safe and healthy.

 

COVID-19 – Food Takeout and Deliveries

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has provided the guidance below on the safety of takeout and delivery.

The CDC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are not aware of any reports at this time that suggest COVID-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. Current evidence shows the biggest identifiable risk of transmission of COVID-19 is being around individuals who are symptomatic (and to a lesser extent, infected but not showing symptoms). Food businesses should be following employee health policies and health department recommendations to keep any ill individuals home.

Narcan Training Cancelled – April

Because we are committed to preventing the spread of the COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the Narcan Training Event originally scheduled for 4:00 PM April 2, 2020. As this situation develops we will evaluate when and how future trainings can be done safely.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Stay safe and healthy!

COVID-19 Update – March 27

As of March 26, 2020 there are 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jefferson County, and 76 total confirmed cases in West Virginia.
 
Our clinical staff, with assistance from school nurse volunteers, continue daily active monitoring of any Jefferson County residents who have tested positive and their close contacts. They are also monitoring symptoms of travelers who have returned from high-risk areas.
 
Our environmental staff have been contacting or visiting local restaurants, daycares, and other permitted establishments to ensure they understand and are complying with social distancing and other protective measures. They are continuing to provide essential public health services.
 
Our threat preparedness staff received and distributed personal protective equipment to local healthcare facilities that were critically low on supplies. They also provided guidance from the CDC on optimizing PPE supply during emergencies.
 
All Jefferson County Health Department employees are dedicated to protecting the health of everyone in our community. We understand that closing non-essential businesses and staying at home as much as possible is an enormous burden — emotionally, physically, financially, and more. Thank you to everyone in Jefferson County who is helping keep our most vulnerable friends and neighbors safe and healthy. We will get through this together!
 

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