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Jackson County officials track virus outbreak to church event

RIPLEY — An outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases in Jackson County has been linked to a local church revival, according to the Jackson County Health Department.

Multiple cases were reported from a revival at Longview Church in Evans from Nov. 1 to Nov. 11, the health department said.

Those who are experiencing symptoms and attended the revival are asked to be tested, the department said.

“Cleaning of the facility will be completed prior to reopening. All those who have tested positive and anyone who has come in contact with a positive individual have been identified and are currently quarantined,” the health department said.

Jackson County, along with Wood County, which also previously was orange, was elevated to red, the most severe on the West Virginia County Alert System in terms of infections per 100,000 people and the positivity rate.

On Wednesday, the health department reported 152 active cases with two hospitalizations.

The largest jump in cases occurred between Monday’s report and Wednesday’s, which was a 36-case increase.

Free COVID testing is available today at the Jackson County Health Department from 8:30 a.m. to noon and at the Ravenswood Senior Center from 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Testing also is available Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson County Health Department.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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