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200 members of West Virginia Planet Fitness urged to quarantine after positive COVID-19 case

More than 200 members of a West Virginia Planet Fitness are urged to quarantine immediately after one patron tested positive for COVID-19 days after working out at the facility

  • Officials said a person attended the gym on Fort Pierpont Road, in Morgantown, on Wednesday June 24th just days before testing positive for COVID-19 
  • Anyone who was at the Planet Fitness branch from between 9am to 3pm that day has been asked by health officials to quarantine themselves
  • Health officials estimated that as many as 205 people were in the gym between that span of time, and may have subsequently been exposed to the virus
  • The individuals in question have been ordered not to leave their homes until at least July 8, unless it’s to seek medical care
  • The potential outbreak has come at a time where West Virginia has been experiencing an increase in coronavirus infections over the last few weeks
  • Over the last 10 days, West Virginia has reported around 400 new COVID-19 cases, 102 of which came between Friday and Sunday
  • As of Monday, West Virginia has so far reported a total of 2,849 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 93 deaths 

More than two hundred gym members of a West Virginia Planet Fitness are being urged to quarantine after one client tested positive for coronavirus late last week.

Officials said the person attended the gym on Fort Pierpont Road, in Morgantown, on Wednesday June 24th just days before the positive COVID-19 result was returned.

Anyone who was at the Planet Fitness branch from between 9am to 3pm that day has been asked by the Monongalia County Health Department to quarantine themselves at home immediately and monitor any symptoms over the next two weeks.

Health officials estimated that as many as 205 people were in the gym between that span of time and may have subsequently been exposed to the virus.

The individuals in question have been ordered not to leave their homes until at least July 8, unless it’s to seek medical care.

Officials said the person attended the gym on Fort Pierpont Road, in Morgantown, on Wednesday June 24th just days before testing positive for COVID-19

Anyone who was at the Planet Fitness branch (above) from between 9am to 3pm that day has been asked by the Monongalia County Health Department to quarantine themselves at home and monitor any symptoms over the next two weeks

Anyone who was at the Planet Fitness branch (above) from between 9am to 3pm that day has been asked by the Monongalia County Health Department to quarantine themselves at home and monitor any symptoms over the next two weeks

Those who develop any symptoms have been told to contact their primary health care provider and get tested.

‘They also should do their best to stay away from others in their household,’ Dr. Lee B. Smith, Monongalia County health officer and executive director of the county's health department, said in a statement Saturday

‘They also should do their best to stay away from others in their household,’ Dr. Lee B. Smith, Monongalia County health officer and executive director of the county’s health department, said in a statement Saturday

‘They also should do their best to stay away from others in their household,’ Dr. Lee B. Smith, Monongalia County health officer and executive director of the county’s health department, said in a statement Saturday. ‘Ways to do this would be to stay primarily in one area of the home and to wear a mask if you must be around others.’

In a statement on Planet Fitness’ Facebook page, the company said it has closed the Morgantown facility temporarily and is expecting to reopen it Tuesday at 6am. 

In a statement to DailyMail.com, company spokeswoman McCall Gosselin said: ‘At Planet Fitness, the safety of our team and members is our top priority. We have been in communication with the Monongalia County Health Department upon being notified that a member in our Morgantown, WV location tested positive for COVID-19.’

Gosselin added that at this time, the company is ‘not aware of any addition members or team members reporting symptoms at this time.’ 

‘We will continue to take every necessary precaution to ensure the safety of our community, and we have taken a number of steps across all of our locations, which include enhanced cleanliness and sanitization policies and procedures, extensive training for staff, physical distancing measures, reducing physical touch points in the club with touchless check-in, and more,’ Gosselin continued.

On Facebook, the company said it has closed the Morgantown facility temporarily and is expecting to reopen it Tuesday at 6am

On Facebook, the company said it has closed the Morgantown facility temporarily and is expecting to reopen it Tuesday at 6am

The potential outbreak has come at a time where West Virginia has been experiencing an increase in coronavirus infections over the last few weeks.

Over the last 10 days, West Virginia has reported around 400 new COVID-19 cases, 102 of which came between Friday and Sunday. In the 10 days before that, the case count climbed by around 240, health officials said.

As of Monday, West Virginia has so far reported a total of 2,849 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 93 deaths.

Monongalia County itself currently has 153 active cases – an increase of 21 cases in the past 10 days – and five deaths, health officials have reported.

Residents of the county are encouraged to wear face masks in public, wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, and maintain a distance of six feet from others.

‘These measures have proven to slow the spread of COVID-19,’ Dr. Smith said. ‘If we want to continue to open up businesses and avoid the need to reverse some of the steps we have taken, people must take these precautions seriously.’

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