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Wyoming County has less than 15 COVID-19 testing kits left

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PINEVILLE, W.Va. (WVVA) In some of the more rural areas across Southern West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) continues to report low or even no cases of the COVID-19 virus.

But that does not mean the virus isn't there.

In Wyoming County, health department leaders said they only recently received the equipment from the state to test. And after two days of testing, the department has less than 15 tests left.

"Simply because we didn't have the materials to test with, we don't know for sure (if the virus is here)," said Wyoming County Health Dept. Administrator Fred Cox.

At day two of the department's mobile testing lab in Pineville, health department staff and volunteers from local doctor's offices continued to step up to test patients with the testing kits they have left.

"The county is doing everything that can be done," explained Sheriff B.R. Brooks. "Our people are prepared and we have the health department doing their thing."

Cox said the lab will stay in operation on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, until supplies run out -- which could be very soon.

"We are of course requesting more from private partners and the state lab as well. But at this point, it's very limited."

Their mobile lab, like labs across the U.S., are running short on not just the testing equipment but protective gear as well.

"We did get a load in yesterday," said Cox. "But that can probably sustain us for a month maybe, and that's about it."

Annie Moore

Multimedia Journalist

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