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West Virginia Mask Army is a statewide nonprofit that is helping to fill the gap in face mask supplies and is playing a crucial roll in the health of Grant County citizens. The program’s Potomac Highlands Hub is being headed by Kim Musser of Grant County and has already produced over 1,000 face masks for essential organizations, such as Grant Memorial Hospital, local fire departments and law enforcement.
The masks, which are made from polypropylene furnace filters, are far more effective at filtering airborne particles then their cloth counterparts. The program has received support from the National Guard and is being headed up by a biologist at Marshall University.
As protective medical supplies nationwide continue to be stretched thin, many states have looked to community efforts to potentially assist in filling those needs until supplies become more readily available. Anyone who would like to volunteer to sew can learn more by visiting their Facebook page “WV Mask Army Potomac Highlands Hub” and those who would like to donate towards the effort can do so at this link: Grant County Ministerial Association Mask Fund, or by clicking the button on the Grant County Press home page.
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April 5, 2020 Grant County Public Information
By Sandria Glasscock, RN
Public Information Officer
As of April 4, 2020, WV reported: 282 positive 7686 Negative 2 deaths
If you have unexplained fever, cough, or shortness of breath or sudden loss of smell please do NOT leave your home, call Grant Memorial Hospital (304) 257 1026 and press 5 to speak to an ER nurse to help determine if testing is indicated.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed or have symptoms of COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive.
Grant Memorial Hospital (GMH) has tested for COVID19 in Grant and surrounding counties, to date Grant County has no Positive Cases. There have been 2 in Hardy Co, 1 in Pendleton Co, and 2 in Mineral Co. These positives were not tested at GMH.
Positive COVID19 cases reported to WVDHHR: Barbour 2, Berkeley 49, Cabell 5, Greenbrier 3, Hancock 6, Hardy 2, Harrison 19, Jackson 13, Jefferson 17, Kanawha 48, Logan 5, Marion 13, Marshall 4, Mason 4, Mercer 3, Mineral 2, Monongalia 40, Morgan 1, Ohio 11, Pendleton 1, Pleasants 1, Preston 5, Putnam 5, Raleigh 4, Randolph 3, Roane 2, Tucker 3, Upshur 1, Wetzel 2, Wirt 1, Wood 7.
Grant County must have the cooperation of every citizen and business to keep us from mirroring what is happening in Berkeley County right now. Berkeley County did not have their first case until March 24, eleven short days ago. Now they have 49 people positive for COVID19 and increasing daily. Because of this cluster in the Eastern Panhandle (Morgan, Jefferson and Berkeley Counties) Governor Justice has issued an executive order that limits group gatherings to five people and allows the health department in those counties to take action to enforce the regulation under the governor’s order. Are we going to wait until we have several positive cases and an order from the Governor to protect ourselves and others in our county?
New Guidelines for Hotels, Motels and Lodging
Currently, there are no restrictions on who can enter West Virginia’s borders but rather on who must quarantine. The Governor’s self-quarantine order specifies that out of state guests from certain hot spots must self-isolate. The Executive Order lists a few examples of states and countries, by way of example only, that are “areas of substantial community spread of COVID-19,” but the Order explicitly says that those examples are “without limitation.” Obviously, the number of areas with substantial community spread is increasing every day and will be ever-changing as this pandemic continues.
Lodging providers are asked to contact local law enforcement if they suspect guests or patrons are violating or flouting the requirement to self-isolate for the first 14 days of their visit or the duration of their stay.
Please continue to do your part to keep everyone safe.
Stay at home unless working at an ESSENTIAL business. Make as few trips as possible to grocery stores, some are providing order ahead purchases to limit exposure.
Avoid close contact: If you must go out for essential services, you must keep at least 6 -8 feet away from others even if groups of 10 or less.
New guidelines advise a cotton mask will help prevent those that do not have symptoms but have the COVID virus from spreading it.
Wash your hands frequently, especially after touching any surfaces if in public.
Keep your hands away from your face.
Cover coughs and sneezes use the inside of your elbow or use a tissue and throw used tissue immediately into the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use 60% hand sanitizer if water not available.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
Use most common EPA approved disinfectants, or to make bleach solution mix 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water, or 4 tsp per quart.
If surfaces are dirty, clean with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
If businesses are interested in scheduling National Guard to come in and train workers on how to social distance in their facility and how to use PPE (personal protective equipment) properly they may call 304 201 3031 or 704 408 3635. CPT John F. Ivester
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John Glenn Riggleman, 31, of 256 Riggleman Dr., Moorefield, was indicted on charges of burglary and grand larceny. Riggleman’s charges stem from an incident in December 2019 when officers responded to a possible breaking and entering call on Kellers Ridge Road.
According to the report, the resident of the home was awaken by a noise at approximately 3 a.m. When the resident went to investigate the noise, he saw his weather monitor had been broken, looking as if it had been stepped on or smashed.
The resident then noticed a vehicle light outside of his home. He then proceeded to go to the vehicle, with a pistol for protection, and demanded the driver to get out of the vehicle.
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A Petersburg man is facing multiple charges following an encounter with law enforcement officers outside of a local grocery store, which left some local shoppers startled.
Gareth Paul Berg, 37, of 93 Brook Lane, Petersburg, was arrested after Patrolman K. R. Thorne, acting on behalf of the Petersburg City Police, observed him in the parking lot outside of Shop n’ Save and Family Dollar in Petersburg. At the time, Berg appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
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Last week, the Grant County Commission signed a resolution declaring the wrongful manufacturing, distribution and dispensing of prescription pain pills, including hydrocodone and oxycodene, a public nuisance to the people of Grant County. The decision to sign the resolution was made during their regularly scheduled March 24 meeting.
Between 2006 and 2014, approximately 3,760,720 prescription pain pills were sold in Grant County, which had a 2010 census population of 11,937 people. That equates to 315 pills for every man, woman and child during that time period.
“The dumping of millions of pain pills into our community has spawned a public health and safety hazard to the residents of Grant County, devastating our families, hurting our economy, wasting our public resources and creating a generation of narcotic dependence,” the resolution claims.
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As schools around the nation remain closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Grant County School district is striving to ensure students have access to meals.
According to Tamara Gossard, the Grant County director of nutrition, the county is providing nearly 800 meals for local students. This includes breakfast and lunch five days a week.
Based on guidance from the West Virginia Department of Education, Grant County is providing meals for children ages two to 18 every Monday.
Meals are being packaged at the school and delivered by drivers to preplanned drop-off points around the county.
Packaging is being done by school administrators, teachers, bus drivers and other volunteers.
Both Gossard and superintendent Doug Lambert expressed their goals to ensure no student goes without a reliable meal sources during the closure. “Much work is being performed to make this a reality,”
Lambert said. “If you have the chance, thank those who are selflessly giving their time and effort in this once in a lifetime event that I hope we never see again.”
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Congratulations to this year’s Golden Horseshoe winners from Grant County: Landon McGinnis, Bryson Riggleman and Ryen Sites, all Petersburg High School eighth grade students.
This recognition honors students earning the highest achievement in knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.
The Golden Horseshoe Test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running-program of its kind in any state. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award and are inducted as “knights” and “ladies” of the Golden Horseshoe Society.”
The Golden Horseshoe award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.
This year’s ceremony has been postponed. An optional knighting ceremony will take place when the WVDE deems it is safe during the 2020-2021 school year.
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As of March 24 at 8 p.m., West Virginia is under a “Stay at Home” order. This order is NOT martial law and is not a lock-down. It does close all non-essential businesses.
The order requires residents to remain in their homes and leave only for essential services.
To see the full order visit the Grant County Press Facebook page or website.
The governor also declared March 25 as a state day of prayer. The following is a list of up-dates on cancellations, rescheduling and procedures of business and events in Grant County related to the coronavirus.
•Both the Petersburg and Mount Storm public libraries are closed until further notice.
•Region 8’s CEDS planning meetings that were scheduled for March 26 and April 2 have been canceled.
•Grant Memorial Hospital Healthy Saturdays have been canceled until further notice.
•Tyson Riggleman’s town hall meeting scheduled for March 30 has been canceled.
•Celebrate Recovery meeting at First Baptist Church has been canceled until further notice.
•The Church Women’s United meeting scheduled for April 2 is canceled.
•South Branch Cinema 6, South Branch Potomac Lanes and Sweet Rose Ice Cream shop are closed.
•MVFC’s ham dinner has been canceled.
•The Grant Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has canceled the Scholarship Dinner scheduled for April 4. Scholarships will still be awarded. Area seniors who are planning to major in health-related fields can obtain the applications by contacting their counselors in the schools in Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton counties.
•The Auxiliary gift shop at Grant Memorial Hospital has been closed indefinitely.
•The April 7 meeting of the Grant County Association of Retired School Employees at the Petersburg Senior Center has been canceled.
Updates and Reschedules
•Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin has announced an IRS ruling that tax day for individuals and businesses has been moved back from April 15 to July 15. The ruling covers both 2019 tax returns and payments due as well as estimated tax payments.
•Pilgrim’s Pride will remain open for regular production.
•The Grant County Courthouse is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Payments, filings, recordings, etc. can be mailed to:
5 Highland Avenue, Petersburg, WV 26847.
All offices can be reached via telephone at the numbers listed below. Please call for assistance or an appointment if necessary.
Assessor – (304) 257-1050, Circuit Clerk – (304) 257-4545, Commission – (304) 257-4422, Community Corrections – (304) 530-6244, County Clerk – (304) 257-4550, Mapping & Addressing – (304) 257-4756, Parks & Recreation – (304) 257-1725, Probation – (304) 530-5660, Prosecuting Attorney – (304) 257-2323, Sheriff’s Department – (304) 257-1818.
•The Grant County Press will not be publishing a Weekender this week as all circulars have been canceled.
•Summit Community Bank will be closing their lobby, the drive-thru will be open. For inside business transactions call for an appointment.
•MVFC Spring Gun Bash has been moved to April 18. Tickets will still be available.
•WV DMV is extending the expiration date of any driver’s license, instructional permit, or vehicle registration with an expiration date of March or April 2020 for three months. All offices are closed to the public; online services are still available.
South Branch Hospitalists & Internal Medicine (Leslie, Armstrong, Thompson) is offering telehealth consultation. 304-257-2527.
•Judy’s Drug Store offers delivery of prescriptions to Grant County residents.
•Dollar General closing every day at 9:00 p.m. for an hour of sanitation. This will be until further notice. They will open for one hour in the mornings for the elderly.
Restaurants and Services
See menus on each business’ Facebook page.
•Golden Lanes is open for food pickup and offers delivery services. Call 304-257-1770
•Fox’s Pizza offers carry-out and curbside service if you prefer not to come inside to pick up your order. 304-257-4342
•Sue’s Country Kitchen has take-out available and delivery to local businesses. For every adult meal purchased one kids menu child meal is free. 304-257-9100.
•Family Traditions has carry-out and delivery with drive up services available. 304-257-5305.
•Poor Dave’s is accepting take out orders only. 304-257-4322.
•Alfredo’s offers take-out and delivery only. Curbside service if requested. 304-257-2200
•Cheetah B’s offers delivery, takeout and drive-thru. 681-892-0345
•Dairy Queen offers drive-thru service as usual.
Mallow’s Cafe has curbside pick-up available. 304-257-5591.
•Subway and Little Caesar’s is offering delivery.
•Kari’s Deli has a pickup window for grocery items and deli food.
•Sheetz has temporarily suspended all self-service beverages including fountain beverages, fresh brewed tea, frozen drinks and F’real milkshakes.
The availability of self-serve bakery items such as doughnuts and muffins has been temporarily discontinued.
Self serve coffee is now suspended. Anyone who would like to purchase a cup of coffee should use the touch-screen order points or ask an employee for assistance who will then serve coffee to customers.
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It was with a heavy heart last week that the Grant County Chamber of Commerce announced last week their postponing of the 28th annual Spring Mountain Festival until April 2021.
The announcement came after the cancellation of numerous festivals around the area, including the Trout Rodeo and Festival in Franklin, the West Virginia Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon and the Highland County Maple Festival in Monterey, Va.
These postponements and cancellations come at the advice of county, state and national healthcare leaders, who have encouraged “social distancing” to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).