COVID Updates: West Virginia now leads the United States in the number of COVID cases per 100,000 (106). West Virginia is also fifth for the number of people hospitalized per 100,000 (50), and ninth for the number of deaths per 100,000 (1.01). Make no mistake, this crisis is real: nine of our WVU Medicine hospitals, including our academic medical center in Morgantown, are operating at a crisis-level standard of care; our ICUs are all full; and our providers are working around the clock to care for their patients. Yesterday one of our hospitals declared an emergency crisis due to the strain the high number of COVID patients were placing on its oxygen system.
On behalf of the many healthcare providers who are working the frontlines at all our hospitals, we respectfully ask that all West Virginians come together during this crisis and make sound decisions that ultimately protect themselves, their family and friends, and the State we all love. Nearly 90 percent of our COVID ICU patients are unvaccinated, and for those who survive, many of them wish they had been vaccinated. Don’t become a number; don’t become a statistic; don’t become another casualty to this disease. Do what’s right.
COVID Booster: On September 24, 2021, the CDC endorsed the recommendation for a booster dose of Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in certain populations. This booster dose recommendation does NOT apply to people who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. If it has been at least 6 months since you have completed your first two doses of Pfizer and you fall into one or more of the following categories, you may register on our waitlist and you will be contacted as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. You may also check with your local pharmacy or primary care physician to see if they have booster doses available. -People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings (booster dose IS recommended) -People aged 50-64 years with certain underlying medical conditions (booster dose IS recommended) -People aged 18-49 years with certain underlying medical conditions (booster dose MAY be recommended) -People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting
Please see the CDC website for information on the underlying medical conditions for which a booster dose may be recommended. https://www.cdc.gov/.../people-with-medical-conditions.html Go to our website and fill out the form to be contacted to schedule your appointment https://www.jchdwv.org/pfizer-booster-request/ or call 304-728-8416.
COVID Antibody Treatments: WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center is now offering a leading-edge treatment for non-hospitalized high-risk patients with a mild or moderate case of COVID-19.
The monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab, was developed by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company and received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in November 2020. Administered intravenously, this innovative treatment is designed to help lessen the severity of COVID-19 in individuals who are COVID-19 positive and are at risk for developing a severe form of the disease.Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made antibodies that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful viruses. Bamlanivimab is specifically designed to help block the COVID-19 virus and prevent the virus from further infecting healthy cells.
Eligibility Criteria There is specific criteria patients must meet in order to receive the monoclonal antibody treatment. To qualify, you must: -Have a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 -Be older than 12 years of age -Have an onset of symptoms less than seven days -Be high risk because of certain underlying chronic health conditions -Be stable enough to not require hospitalization
About the Treatment Treatment involves a one-time dose through an IV drip which takes about an hour to administer. During this time, the patient is monitored for signs and symptoms of reaction. Patients are then monitored for one hour post procedure in the clinic before going home. If you think you may be eligible for this treatment, please contact your health care provider directly for more information. Location and Hours Jefferson Medical Center 300 South Preston Street Ranson, WV 25438 304-728-1709 8 am – 4:30 pm
COVID TESTING: Here is the new free COVID testing schedule for WV Labs in Jefferson County as of August 2, 2021: -Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Tuesdays 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Hollywood Casino in the parking lot across from the west parking garage (during inclement weather, testing will be inside the garage) -Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Shepherd University Wellness Center parking lot. -If you can't find the testing or no one is there when you arrive during these hours, please call WV Labs at 304-400-6028.
COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS: Effective Tuesday, May 18, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties will resume individual community vaccination clinics, replacing the Eastern Panhandle Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Hollywood Casino.
Individuals who received their first vaccine at the Eastern Panhandle Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic and are scheduled for their second vaccine after May 13 will be contacted and rescheduled for one of the Berkeley or Jefferson County community vaccine clinics.
For more information or assistance rescheduling a second vaccine appointment, please call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.
Jefferson County Health Department vaccine clinics will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hollywood Casino, located at 750 Hollywood Drive in Charles Town. To schedule a first dose appointment in Jefferson County, visit wvumedicine.org/info/jefferson-vaccine/ using a laptop or desktop computer, or call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 304-901-7060.
Mask Mandate: During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice outlined the CDC’s recent announcement that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size. The Governor went on to announce that he would be signing an executive order to immediately modify West Virginia’s face covering requirement to follow the updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated West Virginians. “Our face covering requirement no longer applies to you if you are fully vaccinated,” Gov. Justice said. The Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement is still in effect for all West Virginians who are not yet fully vaccinated, and will remain in effect for these individuals until June 20, 2021.
Free COVID Testing: The state of West Virginia is partnering with Curative Labs to offer free COVID-19 testing via a self-administered oral swab. The testing is available to all individuals in Jefferson County, including those who are asymptomatic. Insurance is NOT required. For details on locations and times, please see the Health Dept website. Locations and times can also be found on the Curative website; appointments can be made to speed up the process, but are not required.
FDA Warning - Hand Sanitizer: FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. To view a list of products manufactured by Eskbiochem, please click here.
Corona Virus Updates:
Harpers Ferry Water Works & PSD Announcement (Flyer: Link)
Jefferson County Schools Updates & Lunch Schedules (Website: Link)
Jefferson County Community Organizations Active in Disaster Info (PDF: Link)
Corona Virus - Small Business Aid: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act 2020 (H.R. 6074) expanded the Small Business Act’s definition of a disaster to include Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the SBA will be able to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) under a Governor’s Certification Disaster Declaration. Please click on the links below for more information. Forms can be found on the SBA website.
Ogden Newspapers Business Fund: Eastern Panhandle businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars. To apply, please click here.
Attention - Appalachian Trail: On May 20, 2020, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued updated Guidelines for A.T. Day Hikers and Overnight Hikers. To view those guidelines, please click here. To view response and closure information from the ATC, please click here.
Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Library - Free WiFi: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is following suit with many public libraries across the country and opening up their wifi for patrons without a password. People can use wifi 2301 and gain access from the main parking lot of the library if wifi is needed. Also picnic tables are set up and properly spaced for patrons. -- The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is now allowing patrons to "check out" internet hotspots, for internet usage at home! Please visit their Resources page for more information.
Facebook:The Town of Bolivar is now on Facebook! You will now be able to get news, alerts, and event information on your Facebook News Feed by joining our new 'Town of Bolivar WV' page. To visit the page, click here.
Sign up for Nixle Alerts: Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management now offers emergency alert notifications by text, email, Twitter, and Facebook through a product called Nixle. In order to sign up for these alerts go to https://local.nixle.com/register/ or text your zip code to 888777 and then text JCHSEM to the same number. There is no charge to sign up for Nixle services.