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Coronavirus
Several drive-through COVID-19 test sites established in region

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.

The criteria:

  • Seriously ill individuals hospitalized or otherwise at high risk of complications: This includes seriously ill individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 who are hospitalized, near hospitalization or otherwise at highest risk of poor health outcomes (e.g. those who are elderly or have serious underlying chronic diseases, nursing home residents, etc.) and who do not have another identified cause for their illness (e.g. flu, other respiratory viruses). No history of potential exposure is needed for these patients.
  • Individuals at medium to high risk of having been infected: This includes any individual with symptoms of lower respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and a history of likely exposure to COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset (e.g. close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 or recent travel history from or living in areas with widespread community transmission) and do not have another identified cause for their illness (e.g. flu or other respiratory viruses).

Test sites, by provider:

Marshall Health, Mountain Health Network and the Cabell-Huntington Health Department

  • St. Mary’s Center for Education (2853 5th Ave., Huntington), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The site recently lifted the required doctor order. Patients should bring proof of insurance and a valid ID.

Valley Health Systems

  • Old Milton location, 1 Harbour Way, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Patients must make a telehealth appointment with Valley Health before getting tested.
  • 33370 U.S. 60, Huntington, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Patients must make a telehealth appointment before being screened.

MedExpress

  • 3120 U.S. 60, Huntington, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. If you have shortness of breath, fever, cough or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call 304-522-3627 before leaving your home.
  • 1416 MacCorkle Ave. SW, Charleston, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. If you have shortness of breath, fever, cough or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call 304-744-7517 before leaving your home.
  • 123 Enterprise Drive, Logan, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. If you have shortness of breath, fever, cough or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call 304-752-0183 before leaving your home.

Charleston Area Medical Center

  • Chesterfield Avenue, Kanawha City. Patients must use the CAMC 24/7 Cares app to get an appointment. Call 304-388-9200 for assistance.
  • Teays Valley. Patients must use the CAMC 24/7 Cares app to get an appointment. Call 304-388-9200 for assistance.

Coronavirus
Virtual services held for statewide ‘Day of Prayer’ amid pandemic

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.”


Elections
Election candidate profile

The Herald-Dispatch is running profiles of candidates in contested races for the May 12 primary election. To view more responses from this and other candidates, visit www.Herald-Dispatch.com. Click on News, then Election 2020.

Kent A. Leonhardt

CANDIDATE FOR: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture

PARTY: Republican

HOME CITY: Fairview

AGE: 66

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.

CANDIDATES: To receive a questionnaire, send an email to acopley@HDMediaLLC.com. Include your name, candidacy and phone number.


News
Lawrence County man killed in crash

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.


Coronavirus
Cancellations continue amid virus concerns

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.

  • The Southside Neighborhood Organization/League of Women Voters candidate forum is canceled for April 2. There will be a candidate forum scheduled in the fall, prior to the November general election.
  • The Gary Allan concert scheduled for March 26 and postponed to May 30 at Mountain Health Arena has been postponed again until Nov. 5. Tickets for the originally scheduled performance on March 26 and any ticket purchased for the May 30 show will be honored Nov. 5. The Mountain Health Arena box office is temporarily closed. All ticket sales will be online at www.ticketmaster.com at this time. For complete event details and updated box office hours, visit www.mountainhealtharena.com or call 304-696-5990.