KINGWOOD — Preston County had three more COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend and is nearing `1,000 confirmed cases of the virus.
Over the weekend, the State Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported the deaths of an 82-year-old woman, an 83-year-old woman and a 94-year-old man, all from Preston.
That brings the total of COVID-19 related deaths in Preston to 15.
As of Sunday the county had 773 confirmed cases and 71 probable cases, according to Preston Health Department Administrator V.J. Davis. On Friday Davis reported 48 new cases; on Saturday, 45, and on Sunday, 32.
According to the DHHR’s COVID-19 map, that put Preston at a 62.81% infection rate and 6.7% positivity rate.
The county went orange Saturday on the State Department of Education’s COVID-19 map, requiring students to continue with remote learning this week. Students spent last week on remote learning at the governor’s order, as a post-Thanksgiving precaution.
School staff is reporting to work so remote learning schedules can remain in place. Kids Connect outdoor Wi-Fi hot spots are in place at all school parking lots for student use.
Daily to-go lunches are available to all students. Contact the school where you would like to pick up your lunch by 10 a.m. to reserve a meal.
Student lunches can be picked up from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at all schools. If you have any questions, contact Dylan Beitz, Child Nutrition manager for Preston County Schools, at 304-329-0580, Ext. 234.
In his message alerting parents and students of the switch, Preston School Superintendent Steve Wotring urged everyone to “Please stay safe and follow the three W’s: Wear your mask, watch your distance and wash your hands.”