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WCBC Asks Justice About Hampshire Church COVID Outbreak

May 29th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

With an outbreak of 14 positive tests from an unidentified church in Hampshire County, WCBC's Paul Mullan asked for a reaction from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch at a Zoom press availability Friday,  Click on photo for video link.


2 Responses to “WCBC Asks Justice About Hampshire Church COVID Outbreak”

  1. May 30, 2020 at 6:22 am, mac said:

    When asked about 14 Covid-19 cases coming from one church, DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said that he didn’t have the specifics in the case. On 5-28 it was reported that the investigations on the new cases had been completed.
    How is it that the Secretary has no specifics?
    Is he lying? Is he stupid? Did he think the subject wouldn’t come up?
    This lack of information is just as dangerous to people as coughing on somebody.


    • May 30, 2020 at 2:26 pm, Reed Pigman said:

      This isn’t an individual instance; it’s an outbreak. Why is it that neither the DHHR Secretary or the Hampshire county health department administrator will disclose the name of the church or its location? This is a place-based outbreak that can (and has?) affected other community members not in the congregation. Would they withhold this gegraphic information for any other type of establishment, such as a restaurant or store that’s identified as an outbreak center? I heard a radio interview with the county administrator who seemed to giggle when saying that in word gets out quickly in gossiping WV locales. Seems to me it’s the local and state health agencies that should serve this communication role…


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