Health departments and hospitals prepare for potential new cases

HINTON, WV (WOAY) – As the number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state continue to increase, health departments and hospitals are preparing. 

The Summers County Health Department says that due to increased travel during the summer months, more cases are bound to pop up and that people should continue to take advantage of testing opportunities.

The health department administrator Chad Meador says he’s confident that the state is capable of handling the situation, despite the increase in cases. 

“I think each and every day we’re getting smarter, we’re getting a little bit more prepared. Y’know this thing stays so fluid we just don’t know what to expect next. However, we’re getting better at contact tracing. We’re getting better at understanding the virus,” Meador said. 

Summers County has not seen many cases at all since the start of the pandemic, sitting at just two confirmed cases.