“People are not taking this seriously. People are not following the guidelines. People are not wearing masks.”
William Ours, administrator of the Hardy County Health Department updated the Hardy County Commission on the status of COVID-19 cases in the county on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The news was not good.
“Beginning on August 12, we went for nine days without a positive case. Then we went from zero to 12 in six days.”
As of Friday, Sept. 4, there were 75 total positive cases of COVID-19 in the county. Of those 68 have recovered, 7 are quarantined at home and two are hospitalized.
Statewide, there were 11,037 positive cases and 243 deaths attributed to the pandemic.
“This is how serious this is,” Ours said. “We have a 48-year-old male, with no underlying conditions but hypertension, on a ventilator.
“We are going to start loosing people in the county if people don’t start taking this seriously.”
Ours told the Examiner, the current active cases are the result of community spread and cannot be linked to a specific activity. There were rumors some of the recent positive cases were the result of a church gathering.
“I feel like a broken record,” he said. “People are not following the guidelines. They are not wearing masks. They are not taking this seriously.”
Ours said he walks into a business and people immediately put a mask on. “They don’t realize, I can see them through the window and see them put their mask on when they see us (Health Department employees) come in,” he said.
“This will effect our kids and when and how they go back to school, athletic events, the whole nine yards.”
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has established a color-coded system to determine whether and how school systems can operate.
Ours said with flu season coming, he fears there will be issues in the county. He expects to have flu vaccine beginning next week.
“We will get the flu vaccine, but we may have to adjust our deliver system,” he said. “We may schedule some drive-through clinics, so people don’t even have to get out of their cars.”