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Marshall County OEM, Health Dept. Working Well Together

MOUNDSVILLE – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, Marshall County’s public officials report that they’re working well together to help each other during the health crisis.

Emergency Management Director Tom Hart reported to the Marshall County Commission on Tuesday that while nothing major has occurred within his department on the COVID front, he was pleased with the inter-departmental coordination.

Hart said the recent weeks have seen the Office of Emergency Management work closely with the health department, particularly Threat Preparedness Director Mark Ackermann in the acquisition of supplies.

“They’re doing an excellent job. I know they’ve got a lot to do, but they’re working very closely with us, and we do appreciate that,” Hart said. “The biggest thing right now is working with Mark for requests and distribution of (personal protective equipment) from the health care agencies and EMS agencies. We just had a shipment come in last week, and distribution was completed with regard to that to hospitals and nursing homes. That will continue on until further notice.”

Hart added that the OEM has continued working with other such offices across the region and state through regular briefings.

Health Administrator Tom Cook urged the Marshall County commissioners to remember that COVID-19 remains a priority problem.

“We are not out of the woods yet with regards to this virus,” Cook said. “We must remember to take caution everywhere we go.”

Cook reported that of 32 positive cases of COVID-19 in Marshall County, three were reported in the last week, eight are home in isolation and 24 have since recovered after being diagnosed.

The meeting was held via teleconference Tuesday morning.

The next meeting will be held by teleconference at 9 a.m. June 23.

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