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Marshall County Health Administrator Honored

Photo by Scott McCloskey Marshall County Health Department Director Tom Cook, center, is pictured with Moundsville Mayor David Wood, left, andMoundsville City Manager Rick Healy, while being recognized at the Moundsville City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

MOUNDSVILLE — As one of the people on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall County Health Administrator Tom Cook was honored for his work in the fight over the past couple of years.

The Moundsville City Council recognized Cook at its Tuesday meeting for helping keep country residents safe from the virus.

Prior to the presentation, Moundsville Mayor David Wood said Cook “deserves as much credit” as council can give him.

“He’s had one heck of a couple of years,” Wood explained. “Tom, thank you very much.”

The council then joined in with applause.

Moundsville City Manager Rick Healy said he has known Cook for many years and his experience has proved to be very beneficial for the community.

“On a personal note, I have known Tom since we were kids,” Healy said. “His appointment to the current position was the absolute best move made by the board of the health department. His leadership has been exceptional since the COVID pandemic.”

Cook, a native of Glen Dale, holds numerous degrees from West Virginia Northern Community College, West Liberty State College, and West Virginia University. He has extensive experience in nursing, human relations, industrial safety and fire fighting. He started his professional career in 1983 as a paramedic with Tri-State Ambulance.

Cook also held other positions at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Foster Medical Care, and Ormet, before being hired by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a staff respiratory therapist in 1989.

He became the clinical services manager in 1992 and held that position until he retired in 2019. He also served many years with the Glen Dale Fire Department and has been a fire service instructor in his spare time.

Cook accepted the position at the Marshall County Health Department on July 16, 2019.

Following Cook’s presentation, Healy asked him to provide a brief update to council on the current COVID-19 situation in Marshall County.

Cook said COVID rates in the county are currently “on an upswing.”

“We’re currently seeing the Delta variant here,” Cook commented. “The delta variant is more infectious than the regular variants of COVID itself.

“The majority of the deaths in Marshall County were (the) unvaccinated, as (it is) across the state and across the country,” he said. “We’re averaging between 25 to 30 cases per day. … The big take-home message is that vaccinations is how we’re going to control this virus.”

In addition to recognizing Cook for all of his efforts, council also recognized Stegman & Schellhase Project Manager Jack Tush for his 56 years of service to the community of Moundsville. Tush has been involved with a tremendous amount of mapping and design work for many city projects over the past several decades.

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