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COVID-19 skyrockets in County

In less than two weeks the number of COVID-19 cases in Braxton County has doubled and shows no signs of slowing down. The DHHR’s accounting listed 62 cases reported in Braxton County as of 10:00 a.m. Monday. That amount is over twice what was confirmed just two weeks ago.
The increase has moved Braxton to an orange status on the state map prompting school officials to cancel classroom education and move all students to a remote learning format.
Sissy Price, County Health Nurse attributes the increase in cases to a combination of three factors. She says too many residents are relying on the rapid testing method which has a high degree of false negatives. “Some testing is not as reliable as we would like to see. That coupled with exposed individuals not self-isolating between the time they test and receive the results also attributes to increased exposure.”
Price also thinks the general public does not fully understand the virus and how it spreads. “The disease does continue to change, that coupled with mis-information and rumors creates an atmosphere of mis-information. We have let our guard down and are failing to follow the rules,” she explained.
Price also sees fear as a contributing factor to the increased numbers. “People are fearful about how they will be treated by the community if they are diagnosed with COVID. The misinformation and fear have caused those who are suspected of having COVID to be ridiculed, bullied and ostracized by those around them.
“The simple fact is that we can not return to life as usual at this time. We must continue to wear mask, properly, and social distance. These are the only means we have at this time of controlling the spread of COVID-19. Like it or not, face covering, and social distancing are necessary if we are going to work our way back to what we have known as a normal life,” Price concluded.
Educational leaders have suspended in-class teaching for the entire week. They plan to re-evaluate the conditions at week’s end before determining if the remote method will remain in effect or in-class teaching will resume.
Free testing will again be conducted this week at Holly Gray Park. Those who show symptoms or otherwise feel they need tested may do so between the hours of 2 and 7 PM on October 28 and 30th.

 

Two men arrested after found
in possession of stolen goods

On October 20, Braxton County Sheriff’s Department SGT L. Johnson responded to a 9-1-1 call pertaining to an argument between several males on the side of I-79 near mile marker 49 northbound.

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Entrepreneurship Webinars
available for Braxton residents

Advantage Valley announces three upcoming FASTER WV Entrepreneurship Webinars for people interested in starting or expanding a business. There will be a webinar on November 17th to learn more about the business coaching, business training, and loan funds associated with the FASTER WV program. Anyone with a manufacturing idea may be interested in the FASTER WV Small Manufacturing webinar on November 5. The final webinar of the year will be held on December 9th for anyone interested in opening or expanding a child care business. Each webinar begins at 6 pm, is free, will last one hour, and will include panelist presentations and Q&A.

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Drive-thru Trick or Treat to be held at Holly Gray

“Join us for a Spooktacular Experience as you Drive Thru Holly Gray Park that will be filled with Halloween Displays and Pumpkins all aglow on Saturday, October 31 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Wear your costumes or even decorate your vehicles and come drive thru a multitude of community partners to get some awesome Halloween goodies,” says an event spokesperson. Attendees will even be entertained through their radio by our Live DJ, Dave Whipkey, who will be playing some fun Halloween tunes throughout the experience!

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Board meets with Commission and Health officials

The Braxton County Board of Education conducted a work session followed by the regular meeting on October 20. The work session was called to order at 4:30 pm by Board President DeAnna Whipkey. Some of those in attendance for the special meeting were Braxton County Commissioners George Skidmore, Lisa Godwin, and Melvin Gum, along with Braxton County Health Department Nurse Director Sissy Price and Delegate Brent Boggs.
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