SOUTH RONCEVERTE, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – Thursday afternoon, Dr. Bridgett Morrison, Health Officer with the Greenbrier County Health Department, took to Facebook, urging Greenbrier County residents to be more vigilant as the county’s COVID cases continue to rise.
According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Greenbrier County had 3,468 cases as of Thursday, September 2, 2021.
Morrison informed that all hospitals throughout the county are currently at capacity, including those located in Greenbrier County.
“This means that anyone involved in an accident or has a non-COVID-19 related emergency, in addition to COVID-19 infections, are going to suffer because there is not enough beds and/or providers available to provide proper care,” Morrison explained.
“At this point, we strongly recommend everyone wear a mask while indoors, limit large gatherings, and consider getting vaccinated if you have not already. Asking people to wear a mask to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities is a small thing to ask when we are faced with such a significant sure locally.”
As of Thursday, the county had 159 breakthrough cases of people that are fully vaccinated, resulting in only one death (over the age of 60), according to Morrison.
While Morrison expressed her opinion of the vaccine and its effectiveness, she said her post was not a political statement or platform but strictly a public health announcement.
“Our community is known for stepping up in times of need. People are dying,” she said. “Please, Greenbrier County…the time is now.”
Greenbrier County residents wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination can begin the process by calling 304-645-1787 or by contacting their primary care provider or pharmacy.