Harrison County Board of Health Votes to Hire LPN; Approves Retention Incentive For Health Department Employees | New


CLARKSBURG, Va. (WV News) – The Harrison County Board of Health has approved the hiring of a full-time licensed practical nurse and a one-time retention incentive for employees.

The board of directors voted 3 to 1 to hire the IAA, with member Annetta Payne voting against.

The decision to provide a one-time retention incentive of $ 1,300 for each classified and exempt classified part-time and full-time employee, pending approval from the Division of State Personnel, was unanimous.

The incentive, if approved by the state, will be funded by a public health crisis grant, according to board member Patsy Trecost.

– Executive Director Chad Bundy said the latest increase in COVID-19 cases was the worst in the pandemic, but cases have started to decline in the county. Yet more than 50 cases a day continue to flow.

– Nurse Director Donna Riffle reported that public health nursing programs are operating at full capacity, including family planning, elimination of tuberculosis, HIV and STDs, immunizations and surveillance programs and disease investigation.

Blood lead tests initiated as part of the response to lead found in tap water at some homes in the Clarksburg water system are also underway, Riffle said.

Bundy said individuals can call the health department to schedule a blood lead test. Although there was an initial response at the start of the program, the number of people requesting this test has since declined. Among those tested, none have had elevated blood lead levels to date, he said.

– Riffle said there was an RSV outbreak and a small outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the county.

– Threat Preparedness Coordinator Cindy Murphy reported that the Harrison County Emergency Management Department and Office had received “two semi-trailers loaded with personal protective equipment from the National Guard.”

It is now in storage. An inventory system has been developed to track the “very large amount” of personal protective equipment available, she said.

Senior Editor JoAnn Snoderly can be reached at 304-626-1445, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JoAnnSnoderly.

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