CHARLESTON, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A spike in COVID-19 cases in Kanawha County is causing additional concern and an appropriate response, according to Dr. Sherri Young, Chief Health Officer and Executive Director for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.
Since Thursday, July 29, Kanawha County has had 75 new COVID-19 cases identified. This is a significant increase in cases in Kanawha County, as two weeks ago there were less than five cases per day. There were even some days when there were no cases were reported at all, Young said.
“Indicators show that COVID is back and on the rise. The Delta variant is the predominant strain across the United States and I am concerned that with the growing number of cases in our county that we will see more cases of the Delta Variant here. It is of the utmost importance that our community follow the guidelines and get vaccinated if they have not already done so,” Young said.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department offers COVID vaccines Monday-Friday from 8 am until 4 pm. Anyone can stop by and get a vaccine during those hours. Those who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to do so, according to Young.
With school starting in one week and many people returning from travel, the Health Department is also encouraging COVID testing. Testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm at the Health Department.
An additional offsite community COVID testing and vaccine clinic will be held on Tuesday, August 3, at the Schoenbaum Center from 1 until 5 pm.
Special Saturday COVID testing and vaccine clinics have been scheduled for August 7, 14, and 21 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Health Department.