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COVID Outbreak Shuts Down Schools

By Staff | Nov 4, 2020

Tyler County Emergency Management sets up for COVID testing at the Wetzel Tyler Health Department parking lot.

As of October 27, 2020, a recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Wetzel County moved the county into the orange on the state COVID map. As a result of the outbreak and to try and stay in compliance with the DHHR and local health department all Wetzel County schools were closed on Monday, October 26, until further notice.

The outbreak is believed to have origninated at the Genesis Nursing home in New Martinsville where it was last reported by the Wtezel/Tyler Health Department that 45 residents, and 39 staff members were infected. On October 27, Wetzel County had 91 active cases of COVID-19 with five patients hospitalized and three reported deaths.

Due to the rapid rise in positive cases in the county a testing site was set up at the Wetzel/Tyler Health Department parking lot. The Tyler County office of emergency management under the direction of Director Tom Cooper is assisting at the test site. Cooper and his team has erected tents for testing and moved their equipment in to place for assistance. The state of West Virginia also ordered in the National Guard to provide assistance.

Superintendent of Wetzel County Schools Edward T. Toman made the following statement. Following the recommendation of the Wetzel Tyler Health Department, ALL Wetzel County Schools will be CLOSED for students for the remainder of this week.

For the week ahead all students will do remote learning with staff to report. ALL extracurricular activities are cancelled for the week beginning today – Monday, October 26th, 2020, until further notice.

Please stay tuned for further updates. Information will be made available to the public as quickly as possible. Thanking you in advance for your understanding as we make every effort at keeping our communities, students & staff safe during this time.

With all county schools closed, all extracurricular activity is also at a standstill. There will be no after school practices or sporting events allowed during the shutdown.