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Morgan County COVID cases jump to 24

According to the West Virginia DHHR COVID tracking website, Morgan County’s number of disease cases jumped to 24 from 21 during this week. Four county residents now have active cases of the respiratory disease, state numbers report. There are an additional 21 people who have recovered from the disease in Morgan County. Statewide, numbers of cases have grown over the last two weeks. State officials continue to ask residents to wear face coverings in indoor spaces where they cannot distance themselves from others, and in outdoor places that are crowded.

Residents seeking COVID-19 testing can call the Morgan County Health Department at 304-258-1513 for guidance or contact their primary health care provider. The most frequent symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. 



  1. Kenneth Hoagland on July 24, 2020 at 10:57 am

    The virus has seemed to many to be far, far away from Berkeley Springs. Many people wear no mask at all. In truth, the 2-3 week incubation period when people are infectious has befuddled people everywhere right from the start. Weekend tourists are arriving, relieved that life here seems a lot more normal than in the big cities. Some will inevitably bring the virus with them. Meanwhile, in Congress neither Democrats nor Republicans have thought to fund free N95 masks and face shields for the public even though this proven equipment (still in short supply) has kept doctors and nurses from becoming infected. Darwin said our species was better at adaptation than any other. Not so much lately.

  2. Douglas Skinner on August 4, 2020 at 8:54 am

    A quick visit to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and looking up their figures for Morgan County reveals that out of 23 “cases” only 3–that’s THREE–cases are active. The rest are inactive or, I would presume, recovered. This kind of reporting is typical of what’s going on nationwide and contributing to unwarranted panic and governmental overreach. Question: why didn’t the writer do this simple legwork to find the actual facts, him/herself?

    • Douglas Skinner on August 4, 2020 at 9:09 am

      I cannot edit my previous comment but I was responding to what was written in the print edition of the Morgan Messenger, which is different from what was posted above. Why the discrepancy? Why didn’t the author of the printed article report the DHHR numbers, including recoveries?

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