WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) — Recent rumors over a case of COVID-19 at the Greenbrier Resort were addressed by Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The Governor was responding to a question about the rumor during his tri-weekly news briefing.
The Governor stated he was aware of a positive case at the Greenbrier Sporting Club.
“I do now of the person that tested positive there. I think they were exposed to someone. I can’t recall exactly who it is. It was someone at the, I don’t know their name, but someone at the Sporting Club,” the Governor stated. “I think that they were a cook and then I think what the protocol was that everybody, I think that there was about 20 people that they were exposed, had to quarantine for 14 days.”
59News reached out to the Greenbrier Resort’s Director of Public Relations and Content, Cam Huffman. He confirmed the case at the Sporting Club as well. Huffman released the following statement following the positive test result:
On June 27, an employee at The Greenbrier Sporting Club Lodge received a positive COVID-19 test. At that time, The Greenbrier Sporting Club immediately ceased all dining operations at all of its facilities and began working with state and local health officials on recommended steps. All dining facilities and equipment were sanitized in accordance with CDC guidelines, and all employees identified as having potential exposure were immediately quarantined out of an abundance of caution for 14 days. The Lodge will be closed for dining until July 10.
It is important to note that The Greenbrier Sporting Club and The Greenbrier resort are completely separate entities with separate staffs. No Team Members at The Greenbrier were exposed, and no Team Member at The Greenbrier has received a positive COVID test at any point.
The Greenbrier has a dedicated COVID Task Force in place that includes members of the executive team, as well as the resort’s safety officer, director of security, human resources director and others. The team meets daily and constantly monitors the resort’s entire COVID safety plan, as well as the changing regulations from health and government officials, and implements policy changes when necessary.Cam Huffman, Director of Public Relations and Content at The Greenbrier