HUNTINGTON — With testing ramping up in the private sector, several hospitals and health care providers are establishing drive-through COVID-19 test sites throughout the region.
Most sites require that patients have a doctor’s order (though that guideline appears to be loosening), and patients must still meet the criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health.
Test sites, by provider:
Marshall Health, Mountain Health Network and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department
Valley Health Systems
Charleston Area Medical Center
HUNTINGTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called on the state’s religious leaders, citizens and places of worship Wednesday to join him in a statewide Day of Prayer in wake of the growing COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice requested prayers for all those affected by the virus, including medical professionals, during a livestreamed event.
“They’re putting themselves and their families, all their loved ones, on the front lines as they try to look after all of us,” he said. “I go to my God multiple times every day, and I can tell you he will lead us out of this — today is a special day for us all to come together.”
Several local places of worship held virtual services in light of the declaration, including St. Mary’s Medical Center’s department of Spiritual Care and Mission, which livestreamed the event to Facebook as well as patients’ TVs.
The Rev. Greg Creasy, director of Spiritual Care and Mission at St. Mary’s, said the center’s focus on the patient as a whole led the hospital to participate in the Day of Prayer.
“Our mission is ‘whole person care,’ so we found it very important that we do this today for our patients, staff and our leaders in our community,” Creasy said. “We wanted to pray over those three areas and there are people who are displaced, too, and that’s been something on our minds a lot.”
Creasy said the hospital originally planned only to broadcast the service directly to patients at the hospital, but received requests from workers at home who would also like to be involved.
“There’s fear, anxiety, worry about what the future is going to hold. There is newness with working at home and kids at home, and I think when things are so unsteady in our lives, we look toward faith and it gives us strength,” Creasy said. “It’s also settling for people, I think in the midst of turmoil, to stop and be at peace for just a moment, acknowledging God.”
Although the future is uncertain, Creasy said it’s important to remember “we are all in this together.”
“This is a time that we realize there aren’t many boundaries between us — this is hitting us all,” he said. “It was a beautiful thing, what our governor did.”
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CANDIDATE FOR: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
HOME CITY: Fairview
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science Wildlife Management; Master’s Business Management; Graduate USMC Command and Staff College; Graduate Defense Intelligence College; Fellowship with Director National Security Agency.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture
PERSONAL STATEMENT: “I am running for re-election because of the overwhelming support from the farmers, agribusinesses and taxpayers. Over the past three years, my team has worked to reduce waste, find efficiencies and bring new programs to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. For fiscal year 2021, we will be operating on a similar budget to 2010 with more responsibility. Every day, our team looks toward helping veterans, reducing burdensome regulations on our farmers and supporting growth within vital industries. We are helping veterans learn and enjoy agriculture and heal. Your WVDA is in great shape, and I look forward to continuing the vast improvements we have made under my leadership.”
QUESTION: Do you feel the environmental impact of agriculture has been properly addressed? If not, what changes would you favor?
“Under my leadership, we have added more acres to nutrient management planning, helping the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. We recently signed a historic, first-of-its-kind, cooperative agreement with the EPA to improve to work together on further programs and education. West Virginia agriculture is improving health for the environment through an entirely voluntary effort.”
OTHER CANDIDATES: Leonhardt faces Roy Ramey in the May 12 Republican primary election.
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PEDRO, Ohio — A Lawrence County man was killed Wednesday morning following a two-car crash on Ohio 93 about 23 miles north of Ironton. The crash closed the state road for 2 1/2 hours, according to a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Jason A. Stamper, 36, of Pedro, died from his injuries at a Huntington hospital, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt, according to a release.
He was headed north on Ohio 93 near Telegraph Hill at 7:49 a.m. Wednesday when his vehicle went left of center, striking a vehicle driven by Roger D. Miller, 24, of Oak Hill, Ohio, according to the release. Miller was transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release.
Ohio 93 was reopened to traffic about 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Matt McGuire, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
HUNTINGTON — Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many events have been canceled or postponed, and businesses or other gathering places closed. If you planned to attend a meeting, event or any type of gathering, verify its status prior to attending.