MOUNDSVILLE — As one of many individuals on the entrance strains battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall County Well being Administrator Tom Prepare dinner was honored for his work within the combat over the previous couple of years.
The Moundsville Metropolis Council acknowledged Prepare dinner at its Tuesday assembly for serving to hold nation residents protected from the virus.
Previous to the presentation, Moundsville Mayor David Wooden mentioned Prepare dinner “deserves as a lot credit score” as council may give him.
“He’s had one heck of a few years,” Wooden defined. “Tom, thanks very a lot.”
The council then joined in with applause.
Moundsville Metropolis Supervisor Rick Healy mentioned he has identified Prepare dinner for a few years and his expertise has proved to be very helpful for the neighborhood.
“On a private notice, I’ve identified Tom since we had been youngsters,” Healy mentioned. “His appointment to the present place was the very best transfer made by the board of the well being division. His management has been distinctive for the reason that COVID pandemic.”
Prepare dinner, a local of Glen Dale, holds quite a few levels from West Virginia Northern Group Faculty, West Liberty State Faculty, and West Virginia College. He has in depth expertise in nursing, human relations, industrial security and fireplace combating. He began his skilled profession in 1983 as a paramedic with Tri-State Ambulance.
Prepare dinner additionally held different positions at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Foster Medical Care, and Ormet, earlier than being employed by the College of Pittsburgh Medical Heart as a employees respiratory therapist in 1989.
He turned the medical providers supervisor in 1992 and held that place till he retired in 2019. He additionally served a few years with the Glen Dale Fireplace Division and has been a fireplace service teacher in his spare time.
Prepare dinner accepted the place on the Marshall County Well being Division on July 16, 2019.
Following Prepare dinner’s presentation, Healy requested him to supply a short replace to council on the present COVID-19 scenario in Marshall County.
Prepare dinner mentioned COVID charges within the county are at present “on an upswing.”
“We’re at present seeing the Delta variant right here,” Prepare dinner commented. “The delta variant is extra infectious than the common variants of COVID itself.
“The vast majority of the deaths in Marshall County had been (the) unvaccinated, as (it’s) throughout the state and throughout the nation,” he mentioned. “We’re averaging between 25 to 30 instances per day. … The massive take-home message is that vaccinations is how we’re going to regulate this virus.”
Along with recognizing Prepare dinner for all of his efforts, council additionally acknowledged Stegman & Schellhase Mission Supervisor Jack Tush for his 56 years of service to the neighborhood of Moundsville. Tush has been concerned with an amazing quantity of mapping and design work for a lot of metropolis tasks over the previous a number of a long time.