After a member of the a Planet Fitness gym in Morgantown, West Virginia tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials have recommended that over 200 people quarantine and practice social distancing. 

During the window of time where those who went to the gym could have contracted the virus, 205 people had entered the facility. The Monongalia County Health Department said in a statement that, “Anyone who was at Planet Fitness between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 should stay at home for 14 days since being exposed, which would be until Wednesday, July 8.”

The spokeswoman for the health department Mary Wade Burnside told CNN, “We are urging people to get testing if they become symptomatic.” 

The Planet Fitness of Morgantown said in a statement, “Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the community, we are closing the club for an additional deep cleaning,” and explained that the gym is set to reopen on Tuesday at 6 a.m.

The Planet Fitness corporate office expressed that it has no knowledge of any other member or employee having coronavirus symptoms. The Senior Vice President of Communications McCall Gosselin said, “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.”

Over the past 12 days, West Virginia has seen an increase of 400 new coronavirus cases. The 10 days prior to that, the number of new cases only rose by 240. On Monday it was reported that there are 2,849 cases and 93 coronavirus related deaths in the state.


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