Fayette County releases results from vulnerable population testing

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – After three days of barrier and cost-free testing in Fayette County last week in Oak Hill and Mt. Hope, the health department has released their results.

Out of the 317 tests performed, only 5 came back positive.

This was part of the governor’s initiative to reach out to vulnerable populations and minority groups.

Although things are opening back up, Dr. Anita Stewart says COVID-19 is still here, and it is prevalent all over the county, which is why they will continue doing community-wide testing. 

“We’re going to be setting up community-based testing. It’s going to be rotating around Fayette County,” she said. “We’re already reaching out to areas in Meadow Bridge, Gauley Bridge and Ansted to help support those communities utilizing our partnerships with local healthcare entities just as we have with New River Health.” 

The health department’s testing at the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center is now barrier-free on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. which means anyone can show up without an appointment or symptoms.  

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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.