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Nursing home is now West Virginia’s ‘ground zero’ for virus

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Nursing home is now West Virginia's 'ground zero' for virus

Carl Shrader, medical director for the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, said 16 residents and four staffers have tested have tested positive for the coronavirus in Morgantown, W.Va., Wednesday March 25, 2020. The nursing home with at least 20 coronavirus cases has become "ground zero" for the state’s growing virus caseload. (Ron Rittenhouse/Dominion Post via AP) less Carl Shrader, medical director for the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, said 16 residents and four staffers have tested have tested positive for the coronavirus in Morgantown, W.Va., Wednesday March 25, … more Photo: Ron Rittenhouse, AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nursing home with at least 20 coronavirus cases has become “ground zero” for the state’s growing virus caseload, officials said Wednesday.

Carl Shrader, medical director for the Sundale nursing home in Morgantown, said 16 residents and four staffers have tested positive for the virus. Seventy-six tests are pending as of Wednesday morning, though results are expected in the coming days, he said.

"This is ground zero for COVID-19 in West Virginia, and I’m sitting in it," Shrader told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

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West Virginia’s total cases have hit at least 52, with the largest number in Monongalia County, where the nursing home is located. The grim tally at Sundale also came on a day when officials moved to extend tax deadlines and the statewide school closures.

The state has yet to register a death due to this coronavirus. But testing remains limited, meaning most people now spreading the highly contagious virus may not know that they’ve been infected.

Sundale has tested almost all of its 98 residents, Shrader said. […]

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