Princeton Health Care Center sees immense support from community during drive-in prayer

PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – The Princeton Health Care Center has had so many cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks that Governor Justice has recently declared it a hotspot.

During this tragic time for the nursing home, the Princeton Community decided to come together and show support in the form of a drive-in prayer service. The Country Roads Jeep Club set up just across the street from the Health Care Center, and encouraged the community to join them in prayer. 

“We’ve had so many cases of COVID here in Princeton, West Virginia. Governor Justice has declared the Princeton Health Care Center a hot spot for the state of West Virginia. We in the community in the Country Roads Jeep Club wanted to pull the community together to have a prayer drive-in support event,” an administrator with the club said. 

Even local political candidates came through to show their support. For instance, county commission candidate Ronnie Oakley came with a supportive banner that he’s gotten dozens of locals to sign in a show of solidarity with those struggling at the PHCC.

“Showing some love, support and prayers for the Princeton Healthcare Center. I actually had a banner made up for them. I had people all over the county to sign it to show them that they have support behind them,” Oakley said.

So far, the Princeton Health Care Center has seen 81 cases of COVID-19 among their staff and residents. Of those cases, 55 are active, 21 being from employees and 34 from residents. And so far 11 people from the Health Care Center have died from COVID-19.

Of the 11 deaths at the Princeton Health Care Center, eight were seen in the past two weeks alone.