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WV DHHR announces plan to identify areas with a rise in COVID-19 cases, testing for minority and vulnerable populations

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health has developed a data-driven plan to identify areas experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases

A rise in cases will trigger rapid assessment and guide action based on a seven-day rolling sum of new, non-outbreak associated cases based on population size. DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health will examine additional data and undertake a rapid joint assessment with the county. 

The DHHR has also announced a plan to increase COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations in medically-underserved counties. 

The plan was developed by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, DHHR and WV National Guard (WVNG) and targets residents who have struggled to be seen by a physician or do not have insurance to pay for testing. This optional testing will be free and available to all residents in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. 

Testing will be prioritized for counties with higher cases of positive COVID-19 transmission. The following counties have been identified for testing: Berkeley, Cabell, Fayette, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia and Raleigh.