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Marshall County Commission to Oversee COVID Testing

Now that the Marshall County Health Department is engaged heavily in vaccination clinics, it has turned over to the Marshall County Commission the testing phase of COVID-19.

One of the reasons for the change-over is that the vaccination clinics requires some 25-30 individuals to administer.

Needed for the vaccination clinics are some individuals to help persons to get from their vehicles, open doors to the site, a person to take temperature, another to see that residents get to the proper table where there are two individuals, one to obtain information about the person, and another who gives the injection.

Also, there is yet another individual who checks on the persons who have had their vaccination, and then an individual to make sure the persons safely get to their vehicles, if necessary.

Marshall County Health Department Administrator Tom Cook said some of those helping with the vaccinations are health department employees, 911 and EMS personnel while others are volunteers.

He added, “We could never be able to do all this without volunteers.”

As to the testing site workers, the majority of whom are volunteers, they are responsible for obtaining information from the individual getting tested, after which they drive up to where the testing is taking place.

The testing is usually done two or three times a week; however, this coming week there will not be testing as Cook said the weather is expected to be very cold and thus the testing has been canceled.

Getting back to volunteers, Cook said that many of those who contribute their time to help the county and its residents are school nurses who are available when school is not in session, along with retired nurses.

Jill White is the volunteer coordinator is charge of contacting those responsible for doing the testing.

Among county employees who are involved are those employed at 911 (vaccine clinic) and EMS employees (testing).

Cook said the Governor’s Office and other agencies in Charleston involved in providing testing materials and vaccines have been very good at getting the supplies to us.

He said, “We usually pick up the vaccine on Tuesday, and on Wednesday we call those who are on the list for testing that week, with the testing taking place on Thursdays and Fridays, and sometimes Saturday depending on the number of vaccines provided to us.”

Cook said WVU Reynolds Memorial Hospital is a community partner, and some plants and other businesses in the county also want to be partners with the county. Some assistance provided include nurses and equipment such as wheel chairs.

Cook said, “The Marshall County School system has been working with the health department since Day 1 with the COVID-19 endeavor.”

As the vaccine program takes place, locals who may be wanting to have some type of event have been very good in contacting the health department for guidelines to be in compliance with the COVID-l9 safety guidelines.

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The Marshall County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting acted on a few matters including updating the contribution policy of agencies that seek monetary assistance from the commission.

Mary Hess, director of the Unity Center in Benwood, appeared or funding assistance.

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St. Francis Xavier Parish and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1907 will hold its annual Lenten fish fry starting Feb. 17 and every Friday during Lent at Xavier Hall, 912 Seventh St., Moundsville.

It will be carry out and delivery only from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be no provisions to eat in.

Items available will be fish sandwiches, French fries, cole slaw and pierogies.

Free delivery will be available to Moundsville, Glen Dale, Washington Lands and Shadyside.

For delivery call 304-845-7080.

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Persons involved with Cameron’s Blue & Gold Christian Center express a thank you to the churches, individuals, businesses, unions and companies who have assisted the center especially during the past several months.

The center has received many monetary donations as well as food and supplies to continue the youth and senior ministries in the community.

Also, each donation or purchase made at the Center’s Thrift Store is greatly appreciated.

The Blue & Gold Christian Center operates on income from the Thrift Store and donations.

The center receives a grant from the Evan G. Roberts Charitable Trust each year, but no government funding.

While the children are back in school, Kidz Kamp after-school program is back in operation at the center; however, the “Mommy & Me” will not resume until spring.

Kidz Kamp is an after-school program until 5 p.m., when school is in session.

The Center is working on getting Teen Night and Children in Action open soon.

As to the Thrift Store, there are many free clothing items as well as some free small appliances and glassware. Stock is changed weekly thanks to Angie Scherick from Appalachian Outreach who picks up items that have been at the store for a month.

The Thrift Center is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon, and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Another item from Cameron is that of the public library where there are a lot of books for sale.

The library will soon be moving to its new facility on Wiley Avenue.

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The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard held its regularly scheduled meeting this past Wednesday.

The Honor Guard is an organization that honors and gives final salute to deceased veterans and their family.

The Honor Guard is need of new members, and anyone wishing to join is asked to contact Michael Kuzma at 304-639-8228.

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