The Mingo County Health Department has launched a new Facebook campaign that ideally will spur more of the county’s residents to get tested for COVID-19.

The campaign is also intended to encourage more people to begin adhering a little closer to safety measures and protocol.

The initiative is in connection to governor’s recent new mandate directing counties that are in the gold, orange, or red categories on the state’s color-coded alert map to test at multiple sites at different times of the day throughout the week.

Because testing numbers continue to be low and general indifference to the virus still too high, said MCHD Administrator Keith Blankenship, the health department is challenging residents and government leadership to post either a hopeful blurb or video on Facebook.

“We remain in the red and our kids remain out of school, so if we’re going to get our kids back in school then we have to get people more serious about face-coverings, social distancing, and getting tested so we can begin to lower our positivity rate,” Blankenship said.

“We decided a possibly good way to do that was to make this challenge to everyone. Our hope is it will snowball and lead to people making the challenge to their family members, friends and co-workers so that maybe we can start getting a handle on this thing.”

Blankenship said he has already posted a video of himself getting tested and has already received positive feedback from not only local residents but also a number of elected officials.

“(Newly elected Mingo County Commissioner) Gavin Smith has already done one and we’ve heard from Sen. (Joe) Manchin’s and Sen. (Shellie Moore) Capito’s offices about doing one,” he said.

“Other local and state officials have also already told us they will do one as well, so we feel like we’re going to get a lot of support.”

Below are the testing sites and times for Nov. 9-14:

November 9:

9:00 a.m. – noon

Matewan Volunteer Fire Department

306 McCoy Alley, Matewan (Beside City Hall)

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Kermit Volunteer Fire Department

49 Main Street, Kermit (City Hall Parking Lot)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Williamson Health & Wellness Center

183 2nd Ave., Williamson (Under the Tent)

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hurley Drug Company

210 Logan St, Williamson

Call 304-235-3535

November 10:

9 a.m. – noon

Matewan Volunteer Fire Department

306 McCoy Alley, Matewan (Beside City Hall)

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Kermit Volunteer Fire Department

49 Main Street, Kermit (City Hall Parking Lot)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Williamson Health & Wellness Center

183 2nd Ave., Williamson (Under the Tent)

November 11:

9 a.m. – noon

Wharncliffe Volunteer Fire Department

Wharncliffe

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Baisden Volunteer Fire Department

Baisden

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Williamson Health & Wellness Center

183 2nd Ave., Williamson (Under the Tent)

November 12:

9 a.m. – noon

Williamson First United Methodist Church

2nd Ave. and Dickinson St., Williamson

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department

68 Farley Ave., Delbarton (In front of the fire department)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Williamson Health & Wellness Center

183 2nd Ave., Williamson (Under the Tent)

November 13:

9 a.m. – noon

Williamson First United Methodist Church

2nd Ave. and Dickinson St., Williamson

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department

68 Farley Ave., Delbarton (In front of the fire department)

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Williamson Health & Wellness Center

183 2nd Ave., Williamson (Under the Tent)

November 14:

9 a.m. – noon

Wharncliffe Volunteer Fire Department

Wharncliffe

2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Baisden Volunteer Fire Department

Baisden

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