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Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others

In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.... more

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated?

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated? Yes, if you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19....... more

Israel delivers booster shots of vaccine to people over 60

Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people over 60 who’ve already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases.... more

FDA allows automatic ‘generic’ swap for brand-name insulin

U.S. regulators took action Wednesday that will make it easier to get a cheaper, near-copy of a brand-name insulin at the drugstore. ... more

Gov. Justice launches Booster Battlefield Assessment

Gov. Justice announced Thursday that the State of West Virginia is launching the first statewide program in the country to test and measure antibody levels among vaccinated individuals.... more

CORE, Donate Life West Virginia announce first-ever West Virginia Donor Day

More than 107,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States, including 500 West Virginians.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 30, 2021, there have been 3,120,149 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 167,016 total cases and 2,946 deaths. ... more

U-BHD Update - July 30

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following local COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021.... more

Gov. Justice launches Booster Battlefield Assessment

During Thursday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that the State of West Virginia is launching the first statewide program in the country to test and measure antibody levels among vaccinated individuals.... more

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising?

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising?... more

NY to require state employees to get vaccines, or get tested weekly

New York will require state employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Labor Day or undergo weekly tests for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. “It’s smart, it’s fair and it’s in everyone’s interest,” Cuomo said in a Zoom call with the nonprofit Association for a Better New York.... more

Red Cross: Emergency need for donors

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. ... more

Strong closing argument continues state’s strategy to expand accountability in Opioid Crisis

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement as closing arguments concluded in the landmark opioid trial involving Cabell County and the City of Huntington.
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CORE, Donate Life West Virginia announce first-ever West Virginia Donor Day, August 1

More than 107,000 people are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States, including 500 West Virginians. But only 30% of West Virginians are registered organ donors.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 28, 2021, there have been 3,110,060 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 166,493 total cases and 2,939 deaths. ... more

U-BHD Update - July 28

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following local COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. Vaccination clinics are available on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered.... more

CDC changes course on indoor masks in some parts of the US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges.... more

With virus surge, US to keep travel restrictions for now

The United States served notice Monday that it will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 26, 2021, there have been 3,101,280 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 166,108 total cases and 2,936 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - July 26

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following local COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021. Vaccination clinics are available on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered.... more

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising?

Should vaccinated people mask up with COVID-19 cases rising? It depends on your situation, but masking in public can provide another layer of protection and help prevent the virus from spreading to others who aren’t protected.... more

AP-NORC poll: Most unvaccinated Americans don’t want shots

Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infections in some states.... more

Narconon offers free Addiction Screenings and Referrals

Drug overdoses have become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with heroin and other opiates being the largest contributor. If your loved one is struggling with drug abuse of any kind, now is the time to get them the help they need.... more

Local drug disposal offered through WV Prevention Solutions

Improper disposal of unwanted or expired medications can pose a serious risk to our waters and families. It can even find its way into our drinking water, so do not flush medication down the toilet or drain.... more

Narconon offers help for methamphetamine abuse

Across most of the United States, states are struggling to quell a worsening opiate epidemic. While this is happening, one problem continues to rage on in states across the country. ... more

Capito, Booker introduce legislation to tackle uterine fibroids through research, education

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act, legislation that would create research and public education programs to support women suffering from uterine fibroids.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 23, 2021, there have been 3,090,636 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 165,702 total cases and 2,936 deaths.... more

Gov. Justice once again urges West Virginians to get vaccinated as Delta variant cases continue to climb

During Thursday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice reported that there are now 35 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in West Virginia, up from 22 such cases as of his previous briefing on Tuesday.... more

What is a COVID-19 vaccine ‘breakthrough’ case?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. A small number of such cases are expected and health officials say they’re not a cause for alarm.... more

WVWC students research Lyme Disease presence in Upshur County ticks

From the field to the lab, three West Virginia Wesleyan College students worked this summer to identify Upshur County ticks and check them for Lyme bacteria.... more

Capito, Booker introduce legislation to tackle uterine fibroids through research, education

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act, legislation that would create research and public education programs to support women suffering from uterine fibroids.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 21, 2021, there have been 3,081,025 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 165,398 total cases and 2,920 deaths.... more

Gov. Justice surprises WVU nurse with $1 million check through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes

A WVU nurse’s life was changed forever Wednesday when she received a visit at work from Gov. Jim Justice.... more

Office of Medical Cannabis to host patient sign up event July 26 in Charleston

The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) will host a public signup event for medical cannabis patients from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday, July 26 in the first floor conference room of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street, East, Charleston, WV 25301.... more

WVPC shares Poison Safety Tips for Summer

Sunshine and warm weather means more people enjoying the outdoors. Following a few safety tips from the West Virginia Poison Center can help keep people poison safe while spending time outside.... more

Capito, Bennet reestablish Assisting Caregivers Today Caucus

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) announced the reformation of the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus on July 20.... more

WVDA announces return of Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Sunshine and warm weather means more people enjoying the outdoors. Following a few safety tips from the West Virginia Poison Center can help keep people poison safe while spending time outside.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 19

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 19, 2021, there have been 3,074,024 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 165,177 total cases and 2,919 deaths.... more

U-BHD provides local COVID-19 update

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021.... more

Time to Shine

It is that time, West Virginia. Time to shine your light to illuminate the path for others.... more

Johnson & Johnson recalling sunscreens due to benzene traces

Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday that it is recalling five of its sunscreen products after some samples were found to contain low levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer with repeated exposure.... more

Gov. Justice surprises Bridgeport man with $1 million check through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes

FAIRMONT– One West Virginian’s life was changed forever Wednesday when he received a visit at work from Gov. Jim Justice.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 16

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 16, 2021, there have been 3,064,208 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,933 total cases and 2,919 deaths. ... more

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

NEW YORK (AP) — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday.... more

FDA revises guidance following observed increase risk of GBS

The FDA announced revisions to the vaccine recipient and vaccination provider fact sheets for the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine on July 13, to include information pertaining to an observed increased risk of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) following vaccination. ... more

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization acknowledged it was premature to rule out a potential link between the COVID-19 pandemic and a laboratory leak, and he said Thursday he is asking China to be more transparent as scientists search for the origins of the coronavirus.... more

Are we going to need COVID-19 booster shots?

Just because Pfizer wants to offer COVID-19 vaccine boosters doesn’t mean people will be lining up anytime soon—U.S. and international health authorities say that for now, the fully vaccinated seem well protect... more

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey weighs in on overdose deaths

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued the following statement on the news that over 93,331 people lost their lives last year to drug overdose, the highest number ever.... more

DHHR issues Notice of Violation to Clarksburg Water Board

CHARLESTON — After issuing an administrative order on July 2, 2021 to the Clarksburg Water Board, Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health, today issued a notice of violation for failure of compliance.... more

Innovative gene therapy ‘reprograms’ cells to reverse neurological deficiencies

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A novel method of gene therapy is helping children born with a rare genetic disorder called AADC deficiency that causes severe physical and developmental disabilities. ... more

Local drug disposal offered through WV Prevention Solutions

BUCKHANNON — Improper disposal of unwanted or expired medications can pose a serious risk to our waters and families.... more

Senate leadership praises nomination of Dr. Gupta to lead Office of National Drug Control Policy

CHARLESTON — Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, congratulated Dr. Rahul Gupta for his nomination to serve as President Joe Biden’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 14

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 14, 2021, there have been 3,056,269 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,763 total cases and 2,916 deaths.... more

Gov. Justice again urges more West Virginians to get vaccinated as Delta variant case numbers continue to climb

During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice yet again pleaded with West Virginians who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to do so, noting that cases of the dangerous Delta variant continue to rise across the state. ... more

Two Buckhannon residents among most recent vaccination lottery winners

Local residents Mary Hull and Joyce Rohr were among the most recent winners announced in the fourth prize giveaway of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes this week.... more

Blood shortage continues: Red Cross needs donors now A thousand blood donations needed daily to prevent further delays in patient care

The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types—especially type O—are urged to make an appointment to give now. ... more

West Virginia Department of Education introduces contest to increase vaccinations amongst students

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced its latest initiative to encourage students, teachers and staff to be vaccinated.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 12, 2021, there have been 3,048,932 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,625 total cases and 2,909 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - July 12

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021. Vaccination clinics are available on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome and Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be offered.... more

DHHR and EPA partnering to assist Clarksburg Water System to test older homes with lead service lines

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are partnering to assist the Clarksburg Water System in their efforts to identify and test older homes with lead service lines that may cause elevated lead levels in drinking water.... more

Mon Health Equipment and Supplies and DASCO Home Medical Equipment enter joint venture

Mon Health Equipment and Supplies and a national leader in durable medical equipment, DASCO Home Medical Equipment, have entered a joint venture to build a stronger more expansive company to better benefit the communities we serve across North Central West Virginia.... more

DHHR and Shatterproof remind addiction treatment facilities to complete ATLAS Survey by July 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), as part of its ongoing partnership with Shatterproof, is collecting information from addiction treatment providers for ATLAS (Addiction Treatment Locator, Assessment, and Standards Platform).... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 9, 2021, there have been 3,039,147 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,465 total cases and 2,908 deaths.... more

Do I need to take precautions at hotels if I’m vaccinated?

Do I need to take precautions at hotels if I’m vaccinated? Most people won’t need to, but it depends on your situation.... more

Additional batch of  Janssen COVID-19 vaccine released

FDA authorized the use, under the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, of an additional batch of vaccine drug substance manufactured at the Emergent facility.... more

Davis Health System hosts grand opening of 259STAT clinic

Davis Health System hosted a grand opening on Thursday for its newly constructed walk-in clinic and pharmacy in Davis, WV. Guests were able to tour the two new facilities, meet the staff, enjoy live music, and enter a raffle for door prizes. The event was held on-site at the Shop-N-Save Express in Davis.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 7, 2021, there have been 3,030,600 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,346 total cases and 2,901 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - July 7

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital to offer free screenings and health information at Festival Fridays on July 9

St. Joseph’s Hospital will be providing free screenings and health information at Festival Fridays in Jawbone Park on Friday, July 9th.... more

Gov. Justice announces over 1 million West Virginians have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Justice announces over 1 million West Virginians have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.... more

Mon Health stresses importance of receiving COVID-19 Vaccine, makes process easier

With the arrival of the highly transmissible Delta variant in West Virginia, the hospitals and clinic locations of Mon Health System are stressing the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,070,880 for a STD prevention and control program through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

FDA no longer authorizes use of non-NIOSH-approved or decontaminated disposable respirators

The FDA is revoking the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for non-NIOSH-approved disposable respirators (revocation effective July 6, 2021) and the EUAs for decontamination and bioburden reduction systems (revocation effective June 30, 2021).... more

Winners of prizes announced in 3rd round of vaccination sweepstakes

Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday the winners of 47 prizes, including a pair of college scholarships, as part of the 3rd prize giveaway of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.... more

Alzheimer’s drug stirs hope for patients, worry for doctors

In the weeks since a new Alzheimer’s drug was approved, hopeful patients have bombarded Dr. Alireza Atri with calls and emails about a treatment that has sparked both excitement and skepticism.... more

Mon Health Medical Center first in WV to be chosen for new Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Trial

Boston Scientific, the developer of the innovative WATCHMAN FLX device that reduces the risk of stroke for atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients has chosen Mon Health Medical Center as the first hospital to participate in a new CHAMPION-AF clinical trial. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce $1.2 M in Pandemic Relief from FEMA

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,249,080 to the West Virginia Adjutant General’s Office through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Wednesday. ... more

Wilson Martino Dental and The Smile Defenders to host Free Kids Dental Days in August

Wilson Martino Dental, TLC Dental and The Smile Defenders are providing a Free Dental Day for Kids during the month of August!... more

House creates Food Insecurity Workgroup

House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, has announced the formation of a workgroup dedicated to utilizing every tool at West Virginia’s disposal to help reduce hunger throughout the state.... more

Anyone who received Unemployment Benefits in 2021 may qualify for a free health insurance plan

PARKERSBURG — On Wednesday, July 7, from 1 p.m.-7 p.m., representatives will be available for free, in-person ACA health insurance enrollment help at the Fort Boreman Room of the Judge Donald F. Black Courthouse Annex at 317 Market St, Parkersburg, WV 26101. This event will be hosted by WV for Affordable Health Care, Health Care for All WV, and WV Navigator, a federally funded non-profit program.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of July 2, 2021, there have been 3,016,020 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,149 total cases and 2,899 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - July 7

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021.... more

U-B Health Dept. to resume monthly Food Handlers classes

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department’s Registered Sanitarian Chris Garrett will be starting the monthly Food Handlers Class back up beginning Monday, July 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Upshur County Senior Center.... more

Will one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine protect me?

Will one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine protect me? Yes, but not nearly as much as if you had both doses.... more

Gov. Justice introduces more prize winners from second round of giveaways through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes

During his latest briefing, Gov. Jim Justice recapped his journey across the state to surprise the winners of the three biggest prizes given away as part of the second round of the “Do it or Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.... more

Attorney General Morrisey gives safety tips for Independence Day weekend

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey encouraged consumers to make safe, sensible decisions as they celebrate with fireworks during the Independence Day weekend.... more

West Virginia School Clothing Allowance applications open July 1-31, 2021

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families began accepting school clothing allowance applications on July 1, 2021, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 30, 2021, there have been 3,008,327 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 164,041 total cases and 2,891 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - July 1

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.... more

Gov. Justice announces winners of college scholarships and dozens of other prizes through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes

Wednesday, Gov. Jim Justice announced the winners of 47 prizes, including a pair of college scholarships, as part of the second prize giveaway of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.... more

Gov. Justice personally delivers custom-outfitted truck to Frankford woman through “Do it for Babydog” Vaccination Sweepstakes

Gov. Jim Justice gave a Frankford woman the surprise of a lifetime Wednesday, presenting her with the keys to a brand-new, custom-outfitted truck as part of the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes.... more

FDA Authorizes Drug for Treatment of COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) June 24, 2021 for the drug Actemra (tocilizumab) for the treatment of hospitalized adults and pediatric patients (2 years of age and older) who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).... more

Open House celebration at 259STAT planned July 8

259STAT and Community Care Pharmacy will host a public grand opening event at their new location on July 8, 2021. The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Davis Shop-N-Save Express, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. ... more

Legal Aid Community Navigators can help apply for benefits

Legal Aid of WV now has Community Navigators who can assist low-income West Virginians, particularly those who lost jobs due to COVID-19, with completing forms, reviewing applications, and processing requests.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 28, 2021, there have been 3,001,257 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,967 total cases and 2,878 deaths. The active cases are below 1,500 which is the first time since May 18, 2020.... more

Mon Health SJMH receives CMS 5-Star Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating

Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is proud to be awarded a Five-Star Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating for 2021 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). SJMH is one of only two hospitals in West Virginia to receive this designation.... more

Families Strong WV offers free online support

For those trying to help a loved one who is experiencing substance use disorder, it can feel as though you’re alone. You are not alone. Help is available.... more

ACLU-WV files suit to stop one of the most restrictive harm reduction laws in the nation

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) filed suit June 25 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to stop a new law that could significantly worsen the nation’s worst HIV outbreak.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 25, 2021, there have been 2,990,975 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,804 total cases and 2,876 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports local COVID-19 death - June 25

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. ... more

Nearly all COVID deaths in US are now among unvaccinated

Nearly all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. now are in people who weren’t vaccinated, a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day—now down to under 300—could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.... more

What should I know about the delta variant?

What should I know about the delta variant? It’s a version of the coronavirus that has been found in more than 80 countries since it was first detected in India. ... more

Preliminary CDC findings on Kanawha County HIV Outbreak presented

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health met with local and federal partners June 24 to share preliminary findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the HIV outbreak in Kanawha County. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 23, 2021, there have been 2,982,657 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,689 total cases and 2,872 deaths.... more

USDA announces summer P-EBT plans for  West Virginia families

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Department of Education have received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue P-EBT benefits to eligible children this summer.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding to support women’s recovery opportunities in West Virginia

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Recovery Point of Huntington on Tuesday.... more

HealthNet Aeromedical Services renews in-network agreement with PEIA

HealthNet Aeromedical Services has renewed its in-network agreement with the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). The provider network is managed by UMR, the state’s third-party administrator, on PEIA’s behalf. ... more

Capito, Hassan introduce legislation to improve Mental Health Care in Emergency Departments

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act, legislation to improve the way patients receive care for mental illness in emergency departments.... more

“Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” Vaccination Sweepstakes

While the registration deadline to be eligible to win in the first prize drawing on Sunday has passed, all vaccinated West Virginians are still able and encouraged to register online for the Governor’s “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” vaccination lottery. Additional prize drawings will be held every week through August 4.... more

Can you mix and match COVID-19 vaccines?

Can you mix and match two-dose COVID-19 vaccines? It’s likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure.... more

Medtronic SenSight™ system to allow more customized therapy and advanced patient care

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) announced on June 14 the first procedure in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and among the first in the U.S., to use new deep brain stimulation (DBS) technology that has the potential to improve the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, and other movement disorders.... more

Alzheimer’s Association presents a Veterans and Dementia Event on June 29

Dementia risks among veterans will be the topic of a statewide virtual forum put on by the Alzheimer’s Association on June 29.... more

Conquering childhood cancer with Walking Miracles

Battling childhood cancer can be traumatizing for children, their families, and caregivers. The challenges brought on by the disease itself and the medicines required to treat it can take a considerable toll. But there are other challenges that can stand in the way of getting the best treatment available. ... more

West Virginia WIC and Pacify award inaugural Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Pacify, a health technology company that provides 24/7 infant feeding support to new and expecting parents, announced the first Diversity in Lactation Consulting scholarship winner.... more

Legal Aid of WV announces help through Community Navigator Program

Legal Aid of WV now has four Community Navigators who can assist low-income West Virginians, particularly those who lost jobs due to COVID-19, with completing forms, reviewing applications, and processing requests.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 16, 2021, there have been 2,955,717 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,311 total cases and 2,861 deaths.... more

US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.... more

FDA takes steps to increase vaccine availability

Following careful review and deliberation, FDA is taking important steps that will allow a critically needed supply of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 Vaccine to be made available.... more

Capito, colleagues reintroduce Hearing Protection Act

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and 14 of her Senate colleagues this week reintroduced the Hearing Protection Act (HPA). The legislation would reclassify suppressors to regulate them like a regular firearm, benefitting recreational gun users and sportsmen and women by providing better access to hearing protection equipment.... more

Capito joins bipartisan effort to protect seniors from high costs of necessary medical care

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and a bipartisan group of senators reintroduced their legislation to update a current loophole in Medicare policy that would help protect seniors from high medical costs for the skilled nursing care they require after hospitalization.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 14, 2021, there have been 2,947,986 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,144 total cases and 2,853 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - June 14

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021.... more

DHHR awards funding for the WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has awarded $425,000 in grant funding to the Marshall University Research Corporation (MURC) to pilot the WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center. ... more

Mooney announces over $2 M in grants for Black Lung and Coal Miner Clinics

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced Friday $2,064,465 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) for Black Lung and Coal Miner clinics across the state.... more

Capito, colleagues introduce bipartisan legislation to bring accountability to Pharmacy Benefit Managers, protect consumers and small businesses

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and a bipartisan group of their colleagues recently introduced legislation to protect consumers and small businesses by holding Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) accountable for retroactively assessing fees on pharmacies.... more

Attorney General Morrisey fears Biden Immigration Policy will increase fentanyl supply, overdose deaths

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey decried the Biden administration’s recent move to weaken border security writing Monday that he fears the action will increase the amount of lethal fentanyl pouring into West Virginia.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 11, 2021, there have been 2,936,873 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 162,939 total cases and 2,849 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - June 11

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021. ... more

West Virginia surpasses 60% vaccination rate, closing in on goals


During Thursday’s press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that over 60.1% of all West Virginians who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine have now received at least one dose. To date, 936,453 of 1,557,837 vaccine-eligible West Virginians have received their first shot.... more

Why do some people get side effects after COVID-19 vaccines?

Why do some people get side effects after COVID-19 vaccines? Temporary side effects including headache, fatigue and fever are signs the immune system is revving up—a normal response to vaccines. And they’re common.... more

US extends expiration dates for J&J COVID vaccine by 6 weeks

Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that U.S. regulators extended the expiration date on millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks.... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney announces grant funding for WV DHHR

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced $223,410 in grant funding on Thursday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts

Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease.... more

Capito, Klobuchar introduce bill to increase patient access to Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Care

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week introduced the Increasing Access to Quality Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Act of 2021. ... more

WIC schedule for June

The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) is a supplemental foods program for pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under the age of five.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 9, 2021, there have been 2,961,098 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 162,726 total cases and 2,846 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - June 10

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.... more

Over 70,000 West Virginians have registered to win big through “Do It For Babydog” vaccination lottery

During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that just four days after online registration opened for the Governor’s “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change a life” vaccination lottery, more than 70,000 West Virginians have already registered to win one of several major prizes that will be given away in the upcoming sweepstakes.... more

WorkForce WV warns residents about fraudulent texting activity

WorkForce West Virginia warns a fraudulent texting scam has been launched throughout West Virginia and the nation.... more

FDA approves much-debated Alzheimer’s drug panned by experts

Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease.... more

West Virginia launches Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation initiative

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education (ECE) today announced the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care designation for West Virginia childcare providers.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 7, 2021, there have been 2,952,473 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 162,540 total cases and 2,821 deaths.... more

Dip your toe – or dive right in: WVU psychologists spill advice on reentering the world post-COVID

Slowly, but surely, America is returning to some semblance of normalcy.  Masks, wipes and sanitizers can now be found in discount bins. Dine-in restaurants are filling back up, and concerts and sporting events are opening the gates.... more

COVID-19 Vaccinations available in St. Joseph’s Physician Clinics

The vaccination for COVID-19 is now available by appointment in St. Joseph’s Physician Clinics. To schedule your vaccination, call your St. Joseph’s Primary Care Provider. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 4, 2021, there have been 2,939,109 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 162,232 total cases and 2,813 deaths.... more

“Do it for Babydog” vaccination lottery registration opens

During Thursday’s press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the state’s vaccination incentive lottery will officially be called Do it for Babydog: Save a life. Change your life. ... more

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated?

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated? No, you can skip routine testing, with some exceptions.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $3.3M for West Virginia COVID-19 costs

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,358,087 from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to assist the state of West Virginia to reimburse costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

June is Wound Healing Awareness Month

June is Wound Healing Awareness Month (WHAM); a time to recognize the efforts of our superhero wound care staff that has healed patients throughout the pandemic with bravery and compassion.... more

National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month spotlights new advances and greater understanding

More than 40 million people in the United States are living with migraine disease and headache disorders. Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine disease. I had my first migraine in my teens, and it was one of the reasons that motivated me to lead the National Headache Foundation.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 2, 2021, there have been 2,926,850 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 161,967 total cases and 2,800 deaths.... more

FDA: Stop Using Lepu Medical Technology SARS-CoV-2 Antigen and Leccurate Antibody Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to stop using the Lepu Medical Technology SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit and the Leccurate SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Rapid Test Kit (Colloidal Gold Immunochromatography).... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding for Behavioral Health Workforce Education at WVU

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $195,760 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program at West Virginia University (WVU).... more

Births fall to 42-year low in U.S., new CDC data shows

The number of births in the U.S. fell 4% in 2020, dropping to the lowest level since 1979 and continuing a multi-year trend of declining birth rates. That’s according to a report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. ... more

Mon Health Now Participating in The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

An international nursing acknowledgement program is now available across Mon Health System. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been initiated to honor nurses who provide “extraordinary” care to their patients. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 28, 2021, there have been 2,909,073 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 161,287 total cases and 2,792 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - May 28

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.... more

Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory?

Can employers make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory?Yes, with some exceptions.... more

Gov. Justice announces big cash, trucks, and scholarships among top prizes in upcoming vaccination incentive lottery

During Thursday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that the State of West Virginia will soon be giving away a million-dollar grand prize, additional cash prizes, college scholarships, pick-up trucks, and much more through a series of upcoming lottery drawings for West Virginians who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 26, 2021, there have been 2,896,091 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 160,777 total cases and 2,788 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - May 26

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2021.... more

Gov. Justice announces West Virginia now 8% away from reaching vaccination goal for eligible population

During Tuesday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that out of 1,557,837 West Virginians ages 12 and older who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, 887,388 of these individuals have received at least one dose of vaccine; a rate of nearly 57%.... more

DHHR’s Vital Registration Office reopens walk-up services

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced Monday its Vital Registration Office located in the Diamond building at 350 Capitol Street in Charleston has reopened walk-up services to individuals.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 24, 2021, there have been 2,885,043 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 160,354 total cases and 2,775 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - May 24

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021. ... more

Thailand utilizes canine virus detection

Bobby, a Labrador Retriever in training, sits front of a human sweat sample after detecting the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Veterinary Faculty of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand Friday, May 21, 2021.... more

US cervical cancers fall but other sex-related cancers rise

Screening and the HPV vaccine have led to drops in cervical cancers over the last two decades in the U.S., a new study finds, but the gains are offset by a rise in other tumors caused by the virus.... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $2M for prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2,027,042 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) on Friday.... more

Mon Health expands Women’s Care team, adds two Nurse Practitioners

The Women’s Care team at Mon Health OBGYN is proud to welcome two new highly skilled and experienced Nurse Practitioners to its team starting Monday, May 24. Deborah Boyer, NP and Amy Kitzmiller, NP will further the high quality, close to home care patients continue to receive at Mon Health from the providers they know and trust.... more

West Virginia WIC to provide temporary benefits increase

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services announced participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will receive a temporary benefit increase for the purchase of additional fruits and vegetables.... more

The Hallways to Health Care Act would help schools provide more services and better health care for students

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) introduced a new bill on May 20 to help schools across the country provide comprehensive health care to students.... more

Davis Health System to maintain mask requirements

Davis Health System will continue to require face coverings at all their locations in ensure the safety of patients, guests and employees.... more

Broaddus Hospital Begins Wellness Wednesdays in June 2021

Broaddus Hospital is hosting “Wellness Wednesdays” throughout the month of June to make valuable, low cost blood screenings affordable and easily available.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 21, 2021, there have been 2,870,079 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 159,735 total cases and 2,772 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - May 20

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2021.... more

Gov. Justice announces all vaccinated West Virginians ages 16-35 can now register to receive $100 savings bond or $100 gift card

During Thursday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that online registration is now open for his “Beat 588...Bad” West Virginia Strong Vaccine Incentive Program.... more

When do I still need to wear a mask?

When do I still need to wear a mask? It depends, mostly on whether or not you’re vaccinated.... more

Capito pushes CDC Director for clarity on Mask Policy

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated in a hearing on the budget blueprint for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for FY2022. During the hearing, Senator Capito pushed CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky for a clarified message on mask policy, provided advice based on West Virginia vaccine distribution, and urged for additional support to stop the spread of infectious disease related to drug addiction and abuse in West Virginia.... more

FDA issues statement on Leronlimab

FDA recognizes the substantial public interest in medicines that are being studied for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19, especially those medicines that may provide a benefit to patients with the most severe forms of disease that can result in respiratory failure and death.  Leronlimab, a monoclonal antibody investigational drug under development by CytoDyn, Inc. (CytoDyn), is one of the potential medicines that has been studied to determine whether it is safe and effective in treating patients with COVID-19, including those with severe outcomes from COVID-19.... more

Senators reintroduce legislation to improve early assessment, diagnosis of Alzheimer’s 

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), along with Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), reintroduced the Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act on Wednesday, bipartisan legislation to encourage early assessment and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Companion legislation was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (D-Calif.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.). ... more

Bonus offered for early registration of Medical Cannabis Patient Cards

The West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) is extending expiration dates for those patients who register early for a medical cannabis card. Cards typically expire after a year; however, as a bonus, all patients who register early or have already registered, will have the term of their card extended to the following:... more

IRS, Treasury announce families of 88% of children in the U.S. to automatically receive monthly payment of refundable Child Tax Credit

The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced May 17, 2021 that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. Roughly 39 million households — covering 88% of children in the United States — are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further action required.... more

Mon Health Primary Care Stonewall to open at Market Place Mall

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that clinician, Debra Murray, FNP-BC, will be practicing at a new location. Mon Health Primary Care Stonewall at Market Place Mall will be opening on Monday, May 24, 2021 in the former Weston ENT Office.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 19, 2021, there have been 2,855,156 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 159,149 total cases and 2,767 deaths.... more

Taming the virus: US deaths hit lowest level in 10 months

COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have tumbled to an average of around 600 per day — the lowest level in 10 months — with the number of lives lost dropping to single digits in well over half the states and, on some days, hitting zero. Confirmed infections have fallen to about 38,000 per day on average, their lowest mark since mid-September. While that is still cause for concern, they have plummeted 85% from a peak of more than a quarter-million per day in early January.... more

US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

U.S. health advisers endorsed use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in kids as young as 12 on Wednesday — just as planned new guidelines say it’s OK for people of any age to get a coronavirus shot at the same time as other needed vaccinations.... more

WIC schedule for May

The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC) is a supplemental foods program for pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children under the age of five.... more

New Hope for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

There could be promising news for the more than six million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the people who care for them. ... more

Capito joins bipartisan effort to support West Virginia’s Family Caregivers

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is joining a bipartisan effort to provide working family caregivers in West Virginia and across the country with a tax credit of up to $5,000 to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to caregiving.... more

The SBA funds 16,000 Restaurant Revitalization Fund awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is already delivering economic relief to more than 16,000 approved applicants to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, established by the American Rescue Plan and signed into law by President Joe Biden.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 17, 2021, there have been 2,842,127 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 158,643 total cases and 2,762 deaths.... more

Gov. Justice lifts face covering requirement for fully vaccinated West Virginians

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing Friday to update the public on the State’s latest pandemic response efforts. ... more

West Virginia WIC to provide temporary benefits increase

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services today announced participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will receive a temporary benefit increase for the purchase of additional fruits and vegetables.... more

West Virginia to end participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefit program

Effective June 19 at midnight, West Virginia will end its participation in all federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs.... more

Online ordering now available at Giant Eagle for SNAP recipients

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced Wednesday the addition of online purchasing at Giant Eagle for West Virginians using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. This benefit is available through the West Virginia Mountain State Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program and the West Virginia Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program beginning May 11, 2021.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 14, 2021, there have been 2,824,455 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 157,923 total cases and 2,756 deaths.... more

A woman in a nurse’s uniform...

A woman in a nurse’s uniform stands surrounded by white pairs of shoes to represent the 402 nurses who died because of COVID-19, near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. ... more

Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

Fewer Americans are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine than just a few months ago, but questions about side effects and how the shots were tested still hold some back, according to a new poll that highlights the challenges at a pivotal moment in the U.S. vaccination campaign. Just 11% of people who remain unvaccinated say they definitely will get the shot, while 34% say they definitely won't, according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.... more

West Virginia to begin administering COVID-19 Vaccines to 12-15 year olds

Following the action of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanding the emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15, West Virginia will immediately begin offering the vaccine to this group. ... more

When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available globally?

When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available globally? Experts say it could be 2023 or later before the shots are widely available in some countries.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 12, 2021, there have been 2,808,501 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 157,215 total cases and 2,748 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update - May 12

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.... more

Upshur Co. Schools confirm positive case at UES

Families, Students, Staff of Upshur County Schools:      Upshur County Schools received confirmation from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department on Tuesday regarding a positive COVID-19 case that impacted two classrooms at Union Elementary School. ... more

FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in adolescents

On May 10, the FDA expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older.... more

WVU pediatrician urges youth to get vaccinated

With Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for adolescents ages 12 to 15, one West Virginia University pediatrician assured its safety and efficacy: It underwent the same rigorous testing as for adults. ... more

Online ordering now available at St. Mary’s Galaxy for SNAP recipients

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced the addition of online purchasing at St. Mary’s Galaxy for West Virginians using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.... more

Capito raises major concerns within Inspector General’s report on Clarksburg VAMC

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), issued the following statement Tuesday after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released their report entitled, “Care and Oversight Deficiencies Related to Multiple Homicides at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.” ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)reports as of May 10, 2021, there have been 2,795,243 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 156,617 total cases and 2,729 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021.... more

WVWC Summer 2021 COVID-19 Policies

Guests to the West Virginia Wesleyan College campus will still, for now, be required to submit a COVID-19 liability waiver prior to arrival on campus, as well as a temperature check once on campus — regardless of vaccination status.... more

More than 80% of West Virginians age 65 and older have received at least one dose of vaccine

During Monday’s briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that more than 80% of West Virginians age 65 and older have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Davis Health System celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and serves as a great opportunity for our community to begin eliminating stigma by starting conversations and increasing understanding about mental illness.... more

DBSA offers free services

Depression rates have tripled since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Depression and Bipolar Alliance WV provides FREE services for people with depression and the people who love them.... more

U-BHD Update - May 17

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, 2021.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 7, 2021, there have been 2,774,600 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 155,680 total cases and 2,719 deaths.... more

Gov. Justice announces face covering requirement to end on West Virginia Day

During Friday’s press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that, after consulting with State medical experts regarding vaccination rates, the Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement will be lifted on the State’s 158th birthday—also known as West Virginia Day—Sunday, June 20, 2021.... more

Safely using hand sanitizer

Some hand sanitizers have potentially toxic types of alcohol. Check FDA’s do-not-use list at www.fda.gov/ handsanitizerlist to learn more. Need help now? Call 911 if the person is unconscious or has trouble breathing. Call the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 to connect to your local poison center.... more

Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period?

Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period? It’s not known, but researchers are starting to study the issue.... more

Governor Justice announces to offer vaccines to children ages 12-15

Governor Justice announced West Virginia is ready to offer vaccines to children ages 12-15.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 5

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 5, 2021, there have been 2,757,291 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 154,956 total cases and 2,707 deaths.... more

CVS announces walk-in COVID-19 appointments

CVS Health announced May 5 that it is now accepting walk-in COVID-19 appointments at CVS Pharmacy locations across the country, including 55 locations in West Virginia, with no appointment necessary. ... more

P-EBT extended for children 6 and under

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has extended the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to children under the age of six years old who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and are not enrolled in school.... more

Will you be joining the world’s biggest run ever?


On Sunday May 9, more than 120,000 participants from over 133 nations will take part in the world’s biggest run ever—the Wings for Life World Run 2021. It is already destined to break records, as never before has there been a running event with so many participants. The good news for you is that there’s still plenty of time to register if you want to be part of this.... more

Davis Medical and Elkins Rotary team up for Blood Screening May 18

A Community Blood Screening sponsored by Davis Medical Center (DMC) will be held Tuesday, May 18 from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Davis Medical Center’s Alternative Screening Unit (Drive-Thru Clinic).... more

DMC’s NICHE Nurses and staff achieve Dementia Care Specialist certification

As West Virginia’s population continues to age, Davis Medical Center is preparing more nurses with the particular skills needed to care for the unique needs of elder patients.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 3, 2021, there have been 2,740,117 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 154,207 total cases and 2,686 deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, 2021.... more

Poor Mental, Physical Health is Associated with Medical Errors in Critical Care Nurses

A new study by The Ohio State University College of Nursing found that critical care nurses nationwide reported alarmingly high levels of stress, depressive symptoms and anxiety even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. These factors correlated with an increase in self-reported medical errors.... more

Patient Registration for Medical Cannabis Cards open to eligible West Virginians

West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) encourages eligible West Virginians with serious medical conditions to register for a medical cannabis patient card at www.medcanwv.org.... more

West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association to offer Dementia Training for Fire and Police personnel who deal with the elderly

The West Virginia Alzheimer’s Association is offering dementia training for the state’s first responders to help in their interactions with the elderly.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 30, 2021, there have been 2,715,379 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 153,128 total cases and 2,679 deaths.... more

Is it safe to go to big sporting events during the pandemic?

Is it safe to go to big sporting events during the pandemic? Not yet, but there are ways to make it safer if you go. ... more

Gov. Justice encourages young West Virginians to “step up” and get vaccinated; clarifies that $100 savings bond incentive will be retroactive

During Wednesday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice continued to emphasize the importance of having younger West Virginians “step up” and get vaccinated.... more

Mon Health Hospitals receive only ‘A’ rating in WV for Patient Safety

Mon Health Medical Center and Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital are proud to be awarded an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grade.... more

Capito, colleagues introduce bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) this week joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in introducing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 28, 2021, there have been 2,696,061 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 152,301 total cases and 2,673 total deaths.... more

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.... more

Community Vaccination Clinic set for Friday

A community vaccination clinic will be held on Friday, April 30, at the Brushy Fork Event Center (Armory) in Buckhannon. ... more

Any West Virginia resident age 16 to 35 getting COVID Vaccine can receive $100 Savings Bond

West Virginia residents getting the COVID vaccine can receive a $100 savings bond for doing so.... more

Specialized care for women who wish to breastfeed available at DMC

Parents of newborns want only the best for their child and more couples are making the choice to breastfeed their babies.... more

Legionella detected at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital

As part of its routine annual water testing for Legionella, Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital has detected Legionella in water from two sinks in the Administration Building.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding for hepatitis surveillance, infectious disease consequences of opioids

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $393,182 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Integrated Viral Hepatitis Surveillance to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 26, 2021, there have been 2,678,080 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 151,671 total cases and 2,821 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26, 2021.... more

FDA and CDC lift recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine use following thorough safety review

Following a thorough safety review, including two meetings of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the recommended pause regarding the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine in the U.S. should be lifted and use of the vaccine should resume.... more

Medical cannabis bills die with 2021 session

While new research shows most Americans support cannabis legalization, the West Virginia Legislature defeated bills this year to improve the medical cannabis program.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 23, 2021, there have been 2,654,442 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 150,693 total cases and 2,813 total deaths.... more

U-BHD confirms California Variant in Upshur Co.

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department has been notified that the California (CA) Variant (B.1.429) of COVID-19 in now in Upshur County.... more

How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?

How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last? Experts don’t know yet because they’re still studying vaccinated people to see when protection might wear off.... more

COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

COVID-19 hospitalizations among older Americans have plunged more than 70% since the start of the year, and deaths among them appear to have tumbled as well, dramatic evidence the vaccination campaign is working.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 21, 2021, there have been 2,633,918 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 149,888 total cases and 2,800 total deaths.... more

Oxygen supply disruption kills 22 COVID-19 patients in India

Twenty-two COVID-19 patients on ventilators died in a hospital in western India on Wednesday when their oxygen supply was interrupted by a leak in a supply line, officials said. ... more

Study seeking 1,000 volunteers to research efficacy of CBD and CBN in addressing stress and sleep issues

In partnership, CBDistillery™ (@theCBDistillery) and Releaf App™ (@releafapp) are announcing they are recruiting 1,000 volunteers to conduct two studies to evaluate the efficacy of hemp-derived Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabinol (CBN) in assisting participants with their stress and sleep, as potential alternatives over-the-counter and prescription medications. ... more

White House aims to make it easier for people to get vaccine

The White House is trying to overcome diminishing demand for COVID-19 shots by making it easier for Americans to get vaccinated even as the United States is set to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million coronavirus doses in his first 100 days in office.... more

Free Stress Management Support Group for College Students available

In August, First Choice Services launched a new emotional strengthline, 1-877-HELP-304, to help West Virginians dealing with a range of stress-related issues and emotional fatigue. ... more

House leaders thank staff, local health officials for outbreak-free session

House leaders are taking time to publicly recognize and thank all the staff members of the House of Delegates, as well as local health leaders who helped the body get through the regular, 60-day session with just one isolated case of COVID.... more

DBSA offers free services

Depression rates have tripled since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Depression and Bipolar Alliance WV provides FREE services for people with depression and the people who love them. ... more

Gov. Justice issues executive order updating and clarifying several COVID-19 regulations

Gov. Jim Justice joined West Virginia health leaders and other officials Monday for his latest daily press briefing regarding the State’s COVID-19 response.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 19, 2021, there have been 2,615,648 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 149,147 total cases and 2,785 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021.... more

Community Vaccine Clinic set for Wednesday

A Community Vaccination Clinic will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Brushy Fork Event Center (Armory) in Buckhannon.... more

Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated?

Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated? It’s possible.... more

SBA announces RRF Application & Guidelines

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced, over the weekend, key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). ... more

West Virginia DHHR announces Healthy People Healthy Places 2021 Awards

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease (HPCD) today announced five communities as recipients of the Healthy People Healthy Places designation, recognizing their commitment to supporting healthy choices. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 16, 2021, there have been 2,592,544 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 148,071 total cases and 2,777 total deaths.... more

WVWC COVID-19 update – April 16

The following dashboard was issued from West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). ... more

I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

I got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Now what? Don’t panic. U.S. health officials on Tuesday recommended pausing vaccinations with J&J’s shot as they look into reports of six clots out of nearly 7 million doses given in the country.... more

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine passport, and will I need one? “Vaccine passports,” or vaccine certificates, are documents that show you were vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus. They could help you get into places such as stadiums or even countries that are looking to reopen safely.... more

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region.... more

W.Va. to receive over $260M to address child care needs

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced Friday that West Virginia will receive $260,446,267 from the American Rescue Plan to help address the child care needs that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

U.S. Attorney’s Office teams up with law enforcement and other community partners to recognize overdose victims

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with law enforcement and others in the community in the Northern District of West Virginia to recognize overdose victims as a part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.... more

WVWC confirms one new positive COVID-19 case on Campus

The following statement was made Tuesday by John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). ... more

Joint CDC and FDA statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine. ... more

New technology could mean hope of recovery for stroke patients

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. It’s the second-leading cause of death worldwide, and those who survive often have irreversible brain damage resulting in paralysis, speech impairment and loss of motor function. ... more

CORE Event Planned for Mon Health Hospitals

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to applaud the generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, eye, tissue, marrow, and blood donors.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 12, 2021, there have been 2,552,579 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 146,462 total cases and 2,745 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021.... more

First case of South African variant identified in W.Va.

On Friday, Gov. Justice reported that West Virginia has detected its first case of the South African variant of COVID-19 in Berkeley County.... more

Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated?

Can I still spread the coronavirus after I’m vaccinated? It’s possible. Experts say the risk is low but are still studying how well the shots blunt the spread of the virus.... more

Mon Health Equipment and Supplies donates to Bra Bank for breast cancer patients

Mon Health Equipment and Supplies has donated over $50,000 worth of mastectomy bras, camisoles, and mastectomy forms to the Bra Bank at Mon Health Cancer Center. The Bra Bank supplies these items and more to women after their mastectomy procedures at no cost to them. ... more

Mon Health SJMH adds Hematology Clinic with Marcie Stump, NP-C

For 22 years, nurse Marcie Stump made a difference in the lives of the patients at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH), in Weston. ... more

Davis Medical Center Alternative Drive-Thru Screen Unit (ASU) Closing

On April 16, 2021, Davis Medical Center’s Alternative Drive-Thru Screening Unit (ASU) will be closing. Originally the ASU was designed for COVID-19 testing and other screenings such as flu, strep throat, and RSV to reduce the amount of exposure in Davis Medical Center’s indoor clinics. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 9, 2021, there have been 2,530,726 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 145,299 total cases and 2,737 total deaths.... more

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others? It’s hard to tell since they weren’t directly compared in studies. But experts say the vaccines are alike on what matters most: preventing hospitalizations and deaths.... more

Bipartisan bill expanding access to postnatal care passes WV Legislature


HB 2266, Relating to expanding certain insurance coverages for pregnant women, has passed the WV Legislature and once the House concurs on a technical amendment, it heads to the Governor’s desk for consideration.... more

SBA opens applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

The U.S. Small Business Administration  officially opened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal on April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding to help at-risk workers overcome barriers to employment

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced on Wednesday $100,000 to Workforce West Virginia to expand their fidelity bonding program.... more

Lifestyle Program now recruiting participants

Do you have diabetes and high blood pressure? If so, then join a free upcoming 12-week Health Coach assisted Lifestyle Program for those diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 7, 2021, there have been 2,508,198 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 144,374 total cases and 2,722 total deaths.... more

Biden to move COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date to April 19

President Joe Biden was announcing Tuesday that he’s bumping up his deadline for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines.... more

DHHR receives federal approval for SNAP Emergency Supplemental Allotments

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families has been granted approval by the federal government to issue emergency supplemental allotments to households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of an ongoing response to COVID-19.... more

IRS to recalculate taxes on unemployment benefits; refunds to start in May

To help taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that it will take steps to automatically refund money this spring and summer to people who filed their tax return reporting unemployment compensation before the recent changes made by the American Rescue Plan.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – April 5

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 5, 2021, there have been 2,492,013 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 143,733 total cases and 2,696 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021.... more

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

Add travel to the activities vaccinated Americans can safely enjoy again, according to new U.S. guidance issued Friday.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 2, 2021, there have been 2,470,989 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 142,653 total cases and 2,688 total deaths.... more

COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed total U.S. deaths last year beyond 3.3 million, the nation’s highest annual death toll, the government reported Wednesday.... more

WHO team urges patience after first look for origin of virus

An international team behind a long-awaited study of the possible origins of COVID-19 with Chinese colleagues on Tuesday called it a “first start,” while the United States and allies expressed concerns about the findings and China trumpeted its cooperation.... more

Change in services at DMC Alternative Drive-Thru Screen Unity (ASU)

Starting April 2, 2021 the Davis Medical Center’s Alternative Drive-Thru Screening Unit (ASU) will only provide COVID-19 testing. Originally, the ASU was designed for COVID-19 testing and other screenings such as flu, strep throat, and RSV to reduce the amount of exposure in Davis Medical Center’s indoor clinics. ... more

Substantial changes to ACA Health Insurance take effect April 1

Starting on April 1, West Virginia residents will have a new opportunity to enroll in health coverage through the Marketplace and get lower pricing. Anyone who is not eligible for insurance through Medicare, Medicaid, or employer-based insurance is eligible for Marketplace insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions.... more

Attorney General Morrisey fights unlawful sales of fake vaccination cards

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called on Twitter, eBay and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent vaccination cards on their platforms.... more

Congressman Mooney announces $41.5 M in grants to health care centers

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced $41,596,186 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to 12 health care centers in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District on Wednesday morning. ... more

WorkForce warns of new texting and fraudulent website scam

WorkForce West Virginia warns a fraudulent texting scam has been launched throughout West Virginia and the nation.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 31, 2021, there have been 2,447,894 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 141,738 total cases and 2,676 total deaths.... more

Did COVID-19 stress, uncertainty stall anti-smoking push?

A year after COVID-19 upended life for millions of Americans, there are troubling signs that the coronavirus may have also slowed progress against another deadly health threat: smoking.... more

Take Me Home Transition Program changes eligibility to help more West Virginians in nursing homes move home

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Medical Services recently announced federal changes to the Take Me Home Transition Program to expand program eligibility to more residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. ... more

Higginbotham urges use of CARES money as stimulus for foster families, college students

Delegate Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam, and Vice Chairman of the House Education Committee, recently mailed a letter to Gov. Jim Justice urging him to use West Virginia’s CARES Act money to help provide stimulus funds for foster care families and college students.... more

USDA entitlement requirements waived to increase Summer Feeding Programs

The United States Department of Agriculture has allowed Average Daily Participation (ADP) entitlements to be waived to help reduce inventory at the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) Food Distribution Warehouse. As a result, Child Nutrition (CN) Waivers administered by the WVDA and West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will be offered to a larger audience of agencies and organizations participating in Summer Feeding Supplemental Programs. The availability of excess food is a result of prolonged school closures due to COVID-19. ... more

WV WIC awarded grant from Council of State Governments

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services was recently awarded a Special Project Innovation Grant by the Council of State Governments (CSG). Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), CSG announced grant awards to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) agencies for customer service enhancements to the certification and eligibility determination process.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 29

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 29, 2021, there have been 2,429,374 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 140,991 total cases and 2,638 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021. ... more

Broaddus Hospital’s WoundCare receives “Going the Distance” quality award

Broaddus Hospital WoundCare earned the 2020 Going the Distance award, issued by RestorixHealth, an organization that specializes in the development and management of comprehensive wound healing and Amputation Prevention Center® facilities.... more

Statement from Commissioner of Social Security about Economic Impact Payments

“I want to provide an important update about the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) processing of Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act.... more

Mon Health offers COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Community Immunity begins with each of us. West Virginia is dedicated to offering COVID-19 vaccines to every West Virginian who chooses to receive them. Governor Justice announced on Monday, March 22 that all West Virginians ages 16 and older are now eligible to register to receive the vaccination, regardless of health conditions.... more

Marshall University, West Virginia University to establish statewide infection prevention network

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has awarded grants to the schools of medicine at both Marshall University and West Virginia University (WVU) to facilitate the creation of a statewide infection prevention network. ... more

Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program now accepting applications

During Friday’s press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that a program developed to help renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19 is open and accepting applications.... more

COVID-19 patients provided communication with special gif

After experiencing the heartbreaking loss of their father, a Buckhannon family has provided the valuable gift of communication to COVID-19 patients at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston and Mon Health Medical Center in Morgantown. Their donation of iPads and Android tablets will provide other families the opportunity to stay connected while staying apart from their loved ones hospitalized with COVID-19.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 26, 2021, there have been 2,405,746 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 139,750 total cases and 2,628 total deaths.... more

WVWC confirms six new positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus, 36 total active cases

The following statement was made Friday by John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC).... more

WVWC teams up with Community Care to make COVID-19 vaccines available to students

With the State of West Virginia expanding access to the COVID-19 vaccine to state residents ages 16 and older, West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is teaming up with Community Care of West Virginia, the College’s on-campus health care partner, to ensure that any Wesleyan student who wants a COVID-19 vaccine may get one. ... more

Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine?

Can I take painkillers before or after a COVID-19 vaccine? Don’t take them before a shot to try to prevent symptoms, but if your doctor agrees, it’s OK to use them afterward if needed.... more

Gov. Justice allows all live music performances and summer camps to resume; color-coded county map to no longer determine high school schedules

During Wednesday’s press briefing, Gov. Justice announced that he would be signing Executive Order 9-21, allowing all types of live music performances to resume, effective at midnight.
The executive order also allows all summer camps to resume on May 1, 2021.... more

Legal Aid of WV and UniCare announce Medical-Legal Partnership to support Medicaid members

Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) and Medicaid provider UniCare, recently formed a medical-legal partnership that will train UniCare staff to identify civil legal issues affecting their more than 180,000 members and make direct referrals to LAWV for assistance.... more

Davis Medical Center to highlight the importance of Organ Donation

Most everyone recognizes that organ donation helps save lives—and just one person’s gift has the potential to help up to eight people while tissue donors can improve the lives of up to 50 people.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 24, 2021, there have been 2,382,655 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 138,818 total cases and 2,619 total deaths.... more

WVWC confirms 25 active cases of COVID-19 on Campus

The following statement was made Wednesday by John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC).... more

Help stop the spread of coronavirus and protect your family

The COVID-19 pandemic requires that we remain vigilant in our daily lives until we can safely return to everyday activities. ... more

Overdose deaths soar in West Virginia amid pandemic

Drug overdose deaths are up more than 40% in West Virginia, an increase likely driven by the coronavirus pandemic, according to preliminary data released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... more

Capito and colleagues introduce bipartisan bill to increase seniors’ access to all CDC-recommended vaccines

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) introduced the Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act of 2021 on Tuesday, legislation that would provide Medicare beneficiaries access to all recommended vaccines at no additional cost, including shingles and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap).... more

California groups track face masks, gloves bound for ocean

Disposable masks, gloves and other types of personal protective equipment are safeguarding untold lives during the coronavirus pandemic.... more

IRS Criminal Investigation pledges continued commitment to investigating COVID-19 crimes; encourages taxpayers to report fraud 

The Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) marks the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act by pledging its continued commitment to investigating COVID-19 financial crimes and urging taxpayers to report suspected fraud.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 22, 2021, there have been 2,364,411 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 138,102 total cases and 2,612 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021. ... more

WVWC confirms four new positive COVID-19 cases on Campus, 20 total active cases

The following statement was made Monday by John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). ... more

Free local vaccines available to anyone age 16 and older

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are now available in Upshur County for anyone age 16 and older. ... more

WV Senior Legal Aid offers stimulus payment information

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic hit the American people and economy very hard. To help those who likely experienced negative effects from the changed economic situation, federal stimulus funds were sent out twice during the year to certain individuals.  ... more

Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance available today; Closes April 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (ELIEAP) will be accepted beginning today and ending at the close of business on Friday, April 30, 2021, or until funds are exhausted.... more

Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory announced

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Offices of Medical Cannabis and Laboratory Services awarded a laboratory permit for medical cannabis testing to Analabs, Inc., of Crab Orchard, WV. The lab is expected to perform a broad range of testing to ensure products are safe for patient medical use.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 19, 2021, there have been 2,341,373 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 137,092 total cases and 2,600 total deaths.... more

WVWC confirms additional five new positive COVID-19 cases on Campus, total active cases reach 13

The following statement was made Thursday evening by John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC).... more

I got the COVID-19 vaccine. What can I safely do?

I got the COVID-19 vaccine. What can I safely do? You can enjoy small gatherings again, but should continue wearing a mask and social distancing in public.... more

Capito joins colleagues to introduce legislation to expand Paycheck Protection Program deadline

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to introduce legislation to extend the deadline for businesses and nonprofits to apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to May 31, 2021. ... more

One year of COVID-19: Americans continue stepping up to address urgent needs

One year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, people have stepped up to address the emotional needs of families reeling from the coronavirus and 2020’s record-breaking disasters. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 17, 2021, there have been 2,320,735 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 136,334 total cases and 2,565 total deaths.... more

Local COVID-19 Vaccination Information

If you have registered with a local agency or through Everbridge (the WV vaccine registration system) and have not received a call to schedule for your COVID-19 vaccine, please call (304) 471-2240 to schedule your appointment.... more

Know your treatment options for COVID-19

Patients today have more treatment options in the battle against coronavirus disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one drug treatment for COVID-19 and has authorized others for emergency use during this public health emergency. ... more

A look at CARES spending and money coming under the American Rescue Plan

The new round of federal COVID-19 relief for states, counties and cities included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan—which spends a lot of money on a lot of other things, too—will soon go out.... more

WV Alzheimer’s Association launches new statewide series of Virtual Alzheimer’s Education Programs on March 18

The Alzheimer’s Association will launch a series of new virtual statewide Alzheimer’s education programs in an effort to reach more West Virginia families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 15, 2021, there have been 2,301,692 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 135,678 total cases and 2,531 total deaths.... more

Mon Health Plans Day of Remembrance on March 18

This week marks one year since Mon Health System admitted its first patient at Mon Health Medical Center with COVID-19. ... more

WorkForce WV continues working on claims with passage of American Rescue Plan

West Virginians receiving unemployment benefits are unlikely to experience a gap in payments as WorkForce West Virginia officials work with the U.S. Department of Labor to implement provisions of the American Rescue Plan, which extends several federal pandemic unemployment assistance programs another 29 weeks.
... more

IRS begins delivering third round of Economic Impact Payments to Americans

The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday that the third round of Economic Impact Payments will begin reaching Americans over the next week.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 12, 2021, there have been 2,280,054 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 134,842 total cases and 2,511 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.... more

Biden signs $1.9T relief package into law; aims for quicker shots

One year after the nation was brought to a near-standstill by the coronavirus, President Joe Biden pledged in his first prime-time address Thursday night to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 and raised the possibility of beginning to “mark our independence from this virus” by the Fourth of July. ... more

Will the coronavirus ever go away?

No one knows for sure...... more

Why you should not use Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19

COVID-19. We’ve been living with it for what sometimes seems like forever. Given the number of deaths that have occurred from the disease, it’s perhaps not surprising that some consumers are looking at unconventional treatments, not approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ... more

Pulmonary Rehab Week to be celebrated March 14-20

Pulmonary Rehabilitation makes a tremendous difference in the lives of the patients who suffer from pulmonary disease. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 10, 2021, there have been 2,258,974 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 134,158 total cases and 2,330 total deaths.... more

All West Virginians urged to pre-register immediately for COVID vaccination availability

West Virginia officials are urging all residents above the age of 16 years of age to pre-register through the West Virginia COVID-19 Vaccine Registration System to ensure they are be ready when vaccines become available.... more

Investigating youth suicides among children involved with the welfare system 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth aged 5 to 21 years in the United States. Between 2010 and 2019, suicide rates among this group increased 40%. ... more

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)reports as of March 8, 2021, there have been 2,241,637 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 133,627 total cases and 2,325 total deaths.... more

Legislation introduced to help stem Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act.... more

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 5

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 5, 2021, there have been 2,218,488 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 132,964 total cases and 2,318 total deaths.... more

Governor Justice, Veto Bad Public Health Legislation

This statement can be attributed to six of the leading health advocacy organizations in West Virginia: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and West Virginia Think Kids.... more

When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines?

When will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines?... more

Gov. Justice lifts more restrictions

Many pandemic restrictions placed on West Virginia businesses were further lifted by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday, as the state’s positive cases and death toll has finally started to decline.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur to hold Spring Blood Screenings in April and May by appointment

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will hold blood screenings by appointment only on Saturdays in April and May.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 3, 2021, there have been 2,198,226 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 132,416 total cases and 2,309 total deaths.... more

WVDA encourages Farmers to apply for PPP Loans

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt are hoping West Virginia Farmers affected by COVID-19 will apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. ... more

WV WIC celebrates National Nutrition Month

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Nutrition Services recognizes March as National Nutrition Month.... more

Most small businesses don’t require virus tests

Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.... more

New window opens for Health Insurance enrollment

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help.... more

Capito discusses $1.9T spending package, schools reopening on Fox Business Network

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” Wednesday morning to discuss her decision to vote against the $1.9 trillion partisan spending package the Senate is considering this week, and urge schools across the nation to reopen for in-person learning.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Mar. 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 1, 2021, there have been 2,181,987 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 132,048 total cases and 2,300 total deaths.... more

WVWC confirms two positive COVID-19 cases, eight total active positive cases on campus

The following statement was made Monday by John Bohman, Director of Safety and Security at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC). ... more

How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

By tweaking their vaccines, a process that should be easier than coming up with the original shots....... more

Not to be sniffed at: Agony of post-COVID-19 loss of smell

The doctor slid a miniature camera into the patient’s right nostril, making her whole nose glow red with its bright miniature light.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 26, 2021, there have been 2,157,910 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 131,234 total cases and 2,291 total deaths.... more

Community partners holding COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Buckhannon requesting assistance

The community partners hosting the COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Buckhannon are requesting assistance from the community. Each clinic is staffed.... more

Buckhannon COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics attendee guidelines

The guidelines for those receiving a vaccination at the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in Buckhannon are that you must have an appointment, bring a valid photo ID and arrive at your appointed time. ... more

WVWC COVID-19 Dashboard - February 26

5 Active Cases of COVID-19. 10 Recovered Cases of COVID-19.... more

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.... more

US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. ... more

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings March 4 at Mon Health SJMH

Urologist, Thomas Walsh, M.D., will be offering free prostate screenings to raise awareness about prostate cancer.  The screenings will be offered at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital on March 4 beginning at 9 a.m.  Call (304) 269-8128 for a reservation. ... more

Pulmonary Rehab can help recovering COVID patients

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Departments of Weston’s Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) and Kingwood’s Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital (PMH) continue to make a difference in the lives of pulmonary patients especially those recovering from COVID-19.... more

What is a Heart Attack?

Are there other causes of heart attack besides blockage? How is a heart attack different from cardiac arrest?... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 24, 2021, there have been 2,135,914 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 130,382 total cases and 2,285 total deaths.... more

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

COVID-19 vaccine makers told Congress on Tuesday to expect a big jump in the delivery of doses over the coming month, and the companies insist they will be able to provide enough for most Americans to get inoculated by summer.... more

How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?... more

On the Frontlines: WVWC Nursing Students get dose of real-life experience, key players in On-Campus and Community Vaccinations 

With Upshur County residents still awaiting a COVID-19 vaccine, West Virginia Wesleyan’s School of Nursing – both faculty and students – have taken to the frontlines to help meet a local need for the Buckhannon-Upshur community and turn the tide on a global health pandemic that has plagued the United States and the world for nearly a year. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey alerts consumers to COVID Vaccine Scam

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reports his office has received a number of calls from consumers who claim to have received suspicious calls related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
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W.Va. Senate Committee rolls back local authority over public health

On Tuesday, the West Virginia Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation that would take away local health departments’ authority to take action on smoke-free air ordinances and other public health policies.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 22, 2021, there have been 2,119,158 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 129,854 total cases and 2,263 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.... more

How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?

How do we know the COVID-19 vaccines are safe?... more

US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake 3M brand N95 masks in recent weeks, the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. ... more

WVU confirms presence of COVID-19 variant in community

West Virginia University confirmed three cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 have been detected in the Morgantown area—two are WVU students.... more

Pulmonary Rehab can help recovering COVID patients

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Departments of Weston’s Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) and Kingwood’s Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital (PMH) continue to make a difference in the lives of pulmonary patients especially those recovering from COVID-19.... more

New window opens for Health Insurance enrollment

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help.... more

Mon Health reminds that February is Heart Month

February is Heart Month – an opportunity for the staff of Mon Health to educate the public about healthy heart choices and to make a difference in a patient’s life. The importance of Heart Month is not lost on Lewis County resident Katherine Trefz. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce $1.8 M for maternal and child health services

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,872,726 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to support maternal and child health services in West Virginia. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 19, 2021, there have been 2,099,685 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 129,055 total cases and 2,248 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. ... more

What are the different medical terms for a heart attack?

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS): An umbrella term for situations where the blood supplied to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked.  ... more

Stonerise announces new guidelines for in-person visits

Stonerise, one of West Virginia’s leading providers of transitional and skilled nursing care, announced new guidelines Thursday for in-person patient visits at its centers. ... more

West Virginia WIC continues remote services for families

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health recently renewed federal waivers allowing for continued safe operation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 17, 2021, there have been 2,080,541 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 128,405 total cases and 2,225 total deaths.... more

U-BHD Update

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. ... more

Upshur Co. COVID Vaccination Clinic scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19 rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 24

Due to the winter storm forecast, the COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Friday, February 19 will now be held on Wednesday, February 24. ... more

B-U Chamber seeks volunteers for upcoming Vaccine Clinics

The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce is looking for 15-20 volunteers each week to assist with upcoming Vaccine Clinics at The Event Center at Brushy Fork.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 15, 2021, there have been 2,065,565 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 127,889 total cases and 2,212 total deaths.... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $7.7 Million in Energy Assistance for West Virginia families

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,715,683 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ... more