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Another COVID-19 Surge at Moundsville Senior Living Community

MOUNDSVILLE ­– As COVID-19 positives continue to rise in the Ohio Valley, a Moundsville senior living facility has seen another surge in positive cases.

Stonerise Moundsville — formerly known as Mound View before a recent renaming — now has 89 positive cases among its 94 residents as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, according to the website of Stonerise Healthcare, which operates the facility. That’s a leap from 54 positive cases last Friday.

“Our dedicated and hard-working team members have lives and families in the Moundsville community,” Stonerise CEO Larry Pack said in a Friday statement, “and despite their diligence in following current guidance on personal protective equipment and infection control policies, when COVID-19 is as prevalent in a community as it has been throughout Marshall County, it’s incredibly difficult to keep it out of a Transitional Care Center.”

Pack said the West Virginia National Guard has been on hand to help, and additional staff will remain in place.

Stonerise team members will continue to use personal protective equipment and follow infection control policies in line with current health department guidance. Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are kept completely separate from those who have tested negative.

“All patients and families, along with are partners and public health officials, have continually been kept up to date on the status of COVID-19 at Stonerise Moundsville,” Pack said.

The Marshall County Health Department reported one new COVID-related death, an 80-year-old man who was a resident of a long-term care facility, along with 25 new positive and 14 new probable cases. That brings the county to 880 confirmed cases, 123 probable cases and 14 associated deaths.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced 44 new positive COVID-19 cases on Friday. That puts Ohio County’s totals at 1,299 cases and 16 COVID-related deaths.

Marshall County remained “red” Friday morning on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 alert map, one of six counties in West Virginia to sit in the map’s worst designation. Ohio County remained “orange,” the second-lowest designation.

Marshall County joined Wood, Jackson, Mineral, Hardy and Berkeley counties in that designation. Ohio County is one of 14 counties in “orange.”

Marshall County’s infection rate was 93.58 with a percent positivity of 8.65 on Friday morning’s map. That was an increase from 84.69 in infection rate and a 7.66 percent positivity from Thursday’s map. Ohio County had an infection rate Friday of 91.76 and a percent positivity of 6.47. That’s up from Thursday’s numbers, an 89.69 infection rate and 6.17 percent positivity.

The county’s color designations, if they remained those colors on Saturday evening’s West Virginia Department of Education school openings map, would keep students in both counties on remote learning for the week.

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