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Hancock County continues vaccine efforts

RECOGNITION — During their meeting Thursday, the Hancock County Commission recognized Rebecca Fuscardo and Gaetano Fuscardo, of Fuscardo Concrete in Weirton, for the growth experienced by the company since it was founded in 2017. The mother and son operation has built a portfolio of projects across the country, as well as in Canada and the Middle East. -- Craig Howell

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Health Department, in cooperation with other local health agencies, continues its effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to county residents.

Jackie Huff, administrator for the county health department, spoke to county commissioners Thursday, providing an update and noting a vaccine clinic is scheduled for today, with more than 900 residents scheduled to receive their shots.

“We’ve done over 4,000 in Hancock County,” Huff explained, adding the county’s current waiting list has approximately 6,000 residents signed up.

Huff said the department has been able to reach so many residents because of cooperative efforts with the Brooke County Health Department and CHANGE, Inc., which have been working together to coordinate local vaccination clinics.

“Initially, we went together, but now we’re doing three separate sites,” Huff said.

As of Thursday, Hancock County was listed as “yellow” on the West Virginia COVID-19 county alert system map, with an infection rate of 10.41 and a percent positivity of 3.15.

The county commission also received a letter from John Frankovitch, president and CEO of Weirton Medical Center, expressing appreciation to the Hancock County Health Department for its work during the pandemic.

“Throughout the duration of the pandemic, the Hancock County Health Department and specifically Jackie Huff have been incredibly responsive and helpful as we navigate rapidly changing conditions in the community,” Frankovitch wrote.

In other business, Thursday, the county commission:

¯ Agreed to a request for a letter of support for a grant application for the Lee Day Report Center;

¯ Tabled a request for $25,000 from Blue Stream Farms, with three other requests presented earlier in the month — from the Northern Panhandle Resource Conservation and Development; the WV Route 2/I68 Authority; and the Lee Day Report Center — remaining tabled.

¯ Tabled the advertising of Phase 2 for the Microwave Backhaul Network.

¯ Agreed to reinstate the longevity for Sheena Connors and Todd Murray from their previous county employment, and to reimburse them retroactive to their most recent employment date.

¯ Approved a revision to the county’s 2020-21 general fund budget.

¯ Agreed to hire Sondra Cline as a full-time field deputy for the county Assessor’s Office.

¯ Agreed to advertise for a part-time position with the county animal shelter.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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