Fayette County Sees Increase in Covid Outbreaks in Nursing Facilities | Health


The rampant community spread of Covid-19 in Fayette County has resulted in recent outbreaks at multiple health care facilities, as well as a reopened outbreak situation at Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

With the highest number of current cases most likely resulting from the Omicron variant, Fayette County Health Officer Dr. Anita Stewart said last week featured the highest number of seven-day cases and cases individuals in Fayette County since the start of the pandemic.

And, it probably hasn’t peaked, she said Monday. “I anticipate we could have higher numbers this week just because of the spread we’re seeing,” Stewart said. “I think we have at least a few more weeks before the trend starts to decline.”

As always, she stressed, it’s important that the public “use common sense to protect themselves and others at this time.”

Over a seven-day period up to midnight on January 24, there were 928 cases of Covid-19 and one death attributed to Covid-19 in Fayette. The single-day case record of 217 occurred on Friday, January 21.

As of January 21, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported active outbreaks at four Fayette County nursing homes and Montgomery General Hospital.

“Unfortunately, community spread is so high that we have outbreaks in all long-term facilities except Hilltop, and that will likely change this week,” Stewart said. In addition, the prison epidemic has been reopened. As of January 24, the DHHR dashboard listed 11 active cases of Covid-19 at the MOCC, and 310 were in quarantine.

At the MGH, 26 patients and 14 staff members were infected at the time of the last update. There have been no deaths associated with the current outbreak. At the accompanying aged care centre, four staff members tested positive.

“Everything is stable there,” Stewart said Monday of the hospital situation.

Active outbreaks were listed at three other Fayette County facilities on January 21. One resident and two staff members tested positive at Ansted Center, two residents and one staff member tested positive at Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and four positive staff cases were active at Hidden. Valley.

There have also been active outbreaks at two nursing homes in eastern Kanawha County – four positive residents and 11 staff at Glasgow Health and Rehabilitation Center, and three positive staff at Marmet Center .

“We work very closely with schools, businesses and the public just to really try to reinforce if you have even mild symptoms to get tested,” Stewart said. “It’s very, very contagious, and we’re seeing a rapid spread.

“A good point to take from this is that we are two years away and people know what to do. Most people are, if they get sick, get tested and stay home, and they try to do their part to keep their community safe.

“We also have several entities in our communities that are able to test, and we have healthcare providers that are really stepping up as they have been this pandemic to see sick patients and to try to keep ERs for our most patients. sick.

With numbers that high, it’s extremely difficult to keep track of everything, admitted Stewart. “We’re at a point where when the numbers get this high, case investigation and contact tracing won’t work. We’re so inundated, our infection rate is so high here that really, any contact you have, one in three or one in four people is going to be positive. Our percentage of positives in our testing lanes has reached 53%.

“With the number of cases we’ve had, we’ve really tried to prioritize the cases. So instead of getting a phone call from the health department, when people test positive, they get a text message.” The key is to prioritize cases based on risk, she said.

While National Guard personnel have been “wonderful” in supporting local contact tracing and testing efforts over the months, they have largely been redirected to assist hospitals elsewhere, where they will be a “huge asset for a hospital that is overwhelmed,” Stewart said.

“What we’ve seen in these outbreaks is that it’s all been driven by community transmission and/or changes in visiting policies…which allowed for more traffic in and out of multiple care settings,” Stewart said.

Of the 928 Fayette cases through Monday, the largest split via cases across age classifications included 156 in 41-50 (16.81%), 133 in 31-40 (14.33%) and 110 in 5-11 (11.85%).

According to Stewart, no classrooms or schools had to be closed due to the number of cases. “We are changing the way we report school cases,” she said. “This is now aggregated data compared to how they originally reported outbreaks in schools. We have not yet learned from the state what the threshold will be to consider an outbreak for the potential closure of a classroom or a school. I hope we hear this week from state leaders what their recommendations are in this regard.”

“I am very proud of our schools, our children and our teachers, for masking and taking this seriously,” she continued. Keys have been monitoring for symptoms, testing if necessary, and being willing to add further levels of mitigation, such as testing to play, which “worked pretty well here.

“We know that the safest place for our children is at school.”

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Fayette’s active cases stood at 548 on Friday before climbing to 788 on Monday. As of Tuesday, active cases were reported at 710, according to DHHR.

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