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Commission hears of more COVID-19 cases

KINGWOOD — Cases of COVID-19 are still rising in Preston County.

Jeannie Welch, public health nurse for the Preston County Health Department, told Preston County commissioners there are now 63 confirmed and 15 probable cases in the county.

A probable case is when a person meets clinical criteria  with no confirmed laboratory testing performed for COVID-19.

Last week, The Dominion Post reported the Preston County Health Department was keeping tabs on  over 150 people   in regards to possible COVID-19 exposure.

Because of the pandemic, anyone doing business in the courthouse annex must wear a mask. County Administrator Kathy Mace said an exception is being made those with breathing issues who can not wear masks. They  can call 304-329-1805 to make an appointment to do business.

She said free community testing will be available  at the Kingwood Elementary School. Dates and times will be confirmed and released on July 7.

In other business, commissioners discussed the possibility of a county-wide Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trail network proposed by the Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission (PCPRC).

PCPRC provided an Economic and Fiscal Impact Statement of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.

According to the statement, The Hatfield-McCoy Trails  opened in October 2000 with three trail systems in one of the most economically distressed areas of the state. For  day-to-day operations, it generated an additional $1.6 million in economic activity within the state, for a total operational impact of $3.3 million. Non-local visitors spending is estimated to generate an additional $19 million. Together, the total estimated economic impact of the Hatfield-McCoy trail is $22 million.

No action was taken.

Commissioners voted to appoint Luke Seese and Kevin Lyons to four-year terms on the Preston County Farmland Protection Board and reappointed William Grose to a four-year term on the same board.

Commissioners also voted to appoint Ray White to the Preston County Probation Board.