Residents Uncooperative With COVID-19 Contact Tracing as County Nears 100 Cases

“The whole Moorefield High School situation could have been avoided if someone had told us the truth. Contact tracing is hard. People won’t tell us where they’ve been and who they’ve been in contact with.”

Hardy County Health Department Administrator William Ours updated the Hardy County Commission on the status of the county’s COVID-19 cases at the Commission meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 6.

“COVID activity has picked up,” he said. “To date, there are 95 cases and one death. There are nine active cases, but nobody in the hospital.”

The 95 cases are a cumulative number, reflecting the total number of positive test results since March.

Ours repeated his primary concern, that people in Hardy County are not taking the pandemic seriously. 

“People in Mathias won’t quarantine,” he said. “I can understand adults that say they can’t afford to miss work, but they won’t tell the truth about where they’ve been and who they’ve been in contact with. We need people to be honest. We can save lives.”

Direct contact is defined as being within six feet for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment, such as a mask.

Commission President Harold Michael asked if the people who come to Hardy County are having an impact on our statistics. “If we have 14,000 people in Hardy County and another 25,000 people come in, how does that affect our numbers?” he asked.

“We don’t have any of the 95 (positive tests) that are not primary residents,” Ours said. 

“Of course, that’s 95 that we know about. When we tested the Moorefield High School football team, we found two who were asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. Of the 95 positive tests (countywide), 70 were asymptomatic.”

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