Mercer Co. Health Department

GREEN VALLEY — A quorum of Mercer County Board of Health members voted Wednesday to re-open the Mercer County Health Center on a controlled basis effective May 18.

MCHD Administrator Susan Kadar said directives from Governor Jim Justice gave the center the option to open to treat clinic clients suffering from conditions such as diabetes and heart conditions either on the 18th or the following Monday, May 25.

Board member Roger Topping asked Kadar if the center was ready to go on the earlier date and she said it was.

“We’re ready to start seeing patients in the clinic. We’ll have social distancing and require the use of masks, plus we’ll ask that people remain in their cars until we are ready to see them, then we’ll call them inside,” she said.

The number currently being used is 304-324-8367, extension 1232.

On motion of Stacey Hicks, with a second by Topping, the May 18 date was approved.

As for COVID-19 cases, Kadar said there were 12 in Mercer County to date, with nine out of isolation. A total of 178 people who had been potentially exposed had been placed in isolation with six left in isolation.

As a result of Justice’s guidelines, the MCHD sanitarians had been busy with inspections for re-opening businesses, she said.

The Benedum Foundation, she added, had given the health department a $5,000 grant to purchase PPEs.

As for the clean needle exchange, Kadar said the participants, now numbering in the 90s, were picking up their needles at the health center in 30-day supplies.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com 

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