Fayette County led the way in testing but still has not gotten its first positive COVID-19 case

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – It has been two weeks since Fayette County began testing for COVID-19.

Although the testing site and the task force assembled by the health department and local partners are still up and running, the county has not gotten a positive result yet.

Dr. Anita Stewart says it is only a matter of time as she expects an uptick of activity in the coming weeks. She says it would be foolish to say that COVID-19 is not in county. She believes it just has not been caught yet. 

For the people who tested negative at that initial testing site 14 days ago, Dr. Stewart says they can start getting back in the swing of things while remaining cautious. 

“They can kind of go back to their normal social distancing, good hand hygiene, covering cough, things like that. Just the normal stuff,” she said. “If they need to return to work, they can certainly do that. We are encouraging people to work from home if possible.”

Dr. Stewart says the statistical analysis is showing that West Virginia will peak at the end of April toward the beginning of May. 

Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.