Clarksburg Mission on lockdown due to increase in COVID-19 cases

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Clarksburg Mission is stepping up its precautions with the residents it houses.

Executive Director, Lou Ortenzio, said they have had a couple of residents with COVID-19 and are being cautious with a lock-down for its residents. Residents are kept masked indoors, following social distancing guidelines.

At this time, the mission is not taking any new residents out of precaution. They do have some quarantine beds where they can take people on an emergency basis. Mission officials stated they have adequate space for isolating residents who may be COVID positive.

“We are being cautious in the midst of what looks like another surge at this point,” Ortenzio said. “We have tremendous support from the health department and Health Access. The health department in giving us direction, extraordinary help, they’ve always been helpful. And we had this back in the winter, similar episode during November and December, and that all went away.”

Also, Clarksburg Mission officials said that Health Access will perform COVID-19 testing for the residents and will continue that testing until they are clear.

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