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WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 23, 2020, there have been 525,236 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 14,504 total cases and 319 deaths.... more

Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in US

Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus.... more

FDA: Beware of fraudulent Coronavirus tests, vaccines and treatments

While many Americans are sheltering at home to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19), they might be tempted to buy or use questionable products that claim to help diagnose, treat, cure, and even prevent COVID-19.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 21, 2020, there have been 519,175 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 14,171 total cases and 312 deaths.... more

Bipartisan bill declares September National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today applauded passage of a bipartisan resolution she co-sponsored that declares September 2020 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. ... more

Emergency Amendment to Legislative Rule requiring face masks during pre-hospital patient encounters

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has filed an emergency amendment to Legislative Rule 64 CSR 48: Emergency Medical Services. ... more

WV Congressional delegation urges HHS to make changes to Opioid Treatment Policy

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), along with U.S. Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.-1), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.-2), and Carol Miller (R-W.Va.-3) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma calling for immediate action to address a decision by CMS that could negatively affect access to treatment for opioid addiction.... more

Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients.... more

Capito, Warren introduce Ally’s Act

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently introduced Ally’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would ensure private insurance companies provide coverage for osseointegrated hearing devices (OIDs), including bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA) and cochlear implants.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 18, 2020, there have been 502,803 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 13,683 total cases and 297 deaths.... more

U-B Health Dept. reports active cases down to six

Upshur County currently has 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 1 probable case (62/1), with 6 cases are currently active. We have had no (0) deaths, and 57 cases have recovered, including the 1 probable case. ... more

FEMA ends lost wages assistance, WV unemployment benefits to continue

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has ended its Lost Wages Assistance Program, which provided an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits to qualified claimants in West Virginia and other states.... more

Capito, colleagues call on VA Secretary to provide Veterans coverage for Telehealth Services amid COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined a bipartisan group of senators to call on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie to provide coverage of comprehensive telehealth services, including voice communication, for beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA).... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 16, 2020, there have been 493,568 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 13,196 total cases and 290 deaths.... more

Capito participates in hearing to review administration’s COVID-19 response

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, participated virtually Wednesday in a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the administration’s coronavirus response efforts. ... more

W.Va. reports second inmate death related to COVID-19

Autopsy results show the July death of a Mount Olive Correctional Complex inmate from an underlying health condition also involved COVID-19 complications. A more recent Mount Olive inmate death, meanwhile, is considered possibly related to the virus.... more

West Virginia Immunization Network urges Flu Vaccination this Fall

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, there is concern about the seasonal flu coinciding with the pandemic. The West Virginia Immunization Network urges West Virginia residents to get a flu vaccine this season.... more

FDA’s Daily Roundup – Sept. 15

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

U-BHD reports 16 active cases

Upshur County currently has sixty-two (62) confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 1 probable case (62/1), with 16 cases currently active. ... more

U-BHD reports 16 active cases

Upshur County currently has sixty-two (62) confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 1 probable case (62/1), with 16 cases currently active. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 14, 2020, there have been 487,714 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 12,820 total cases and 275 deaths.... more

WVDE issues Sept. 12 School Alert System Map update

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has posted the September 12, 2020, School Alert System Map update.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)reports as of 10:00 a.m., on September 11, 2020, there have been 471,517 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 12,174 total cases and 263 deaths.... more

What should I look for in a hand sanitizer?

What should I look for in a hand sanitizer? Pick one that contains mostly alcohol and has few other ingredients.... more

Vaccine trial stopped after neurological symptoms detected

A woman who received an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed severe neurological symptoms that prompted a pause in testing, a spokesman for drugmaker AstraZeneca said Thursday.... more

Doctors study why obesity may be tied to serious COVID-19

In the early days of the pandemic, doctors noticed something about the people severely ill from COVID-19: Many were obese. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on September 9, 2020, there have been 463,686 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 11,808 total cases and 254 deaths.... more

COVID-19 Data Review Panel examines State’s data

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel, responsible for verifying the data utilized in the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) School Re-Entry Metrics Map, reviewed data from a public health perspective to determine the accuracy and reliability of the data to ensure they are a true indication of what’s occurring among counties across West Virginia.... more

WV Department of Education issues School Re-Entry Map update

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has posted the September 5, 2020, School Re-entry Metrics and Protocols map as part of the School Alert System. This map determines which counties will open their school year with in-person instruction and it will direct the level of extracurricular activities permitted for the week of September 6 – 12. ... more

Justice discusses first day back to school

Governor Jim Justice resumed his daily press briefings for the week via YouTube Tuesday afternoon, providing continual updates on the state’s response efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

WVU suspends 29 students for COVID-19-related violations, additional sanctions pending

Twenty-nine West Virginia University students are being placed on immediate interim suspension amid ongoing COVID-19-related investigations. Additional sanctions are pending as investigations continue.... more

Recovery Month in West Virginia goes virtual

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Drug Control Policy is joining partners nationwide in recognizing September as National Recovery Month. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, DHHR’s Office of Drug Control Policy is working with organizations to celebrate and promote recovery through virtual initiatives.... more

WVU temporarily shifts most undergraduate courses online amid increasing COVID-19 cases

After an announcement Monday (Sept. 7) that most undergraduate, in-person classes on the Morgantown campus will move online for two weeks, President Gordon Gee detailed plans for the transition in a letter to the University community.... more

Pandemic brings hard times for farmers, worsening hunger

The coronavirus pandemic has brought hard times for many farmers and has imperiled food security for many millions both in the cities and the countryside.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $1.5 Million for Dislocated Workers due to COVID-19

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,500,000 through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) COVID-19 Dislocated Worker Grant. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on September 4, 2020, there have been 448,720 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 11,037 total cases and 243 deaths.... more

Steroids confirmed to help severely ill coronavirus patients

New studies confirm that multiple types of steroids improve survival for severely ill COVID-19 patients, cementing the cheap drugs as a standard of care. ... more

WorkForce West Virginia receives FEMA grant approval, launches Lost Wages Assistance Program for unemployed West Virginians

Gov. Jim Justice and WorkForce West Virginia announced that the state is activating the Lost Wages Assistance Program to provide additional benefits to unemployed West Virginians. ... more

Large antibody study offers hope for virus vaccine efforts

Antibodies that people make to fight the new coronavirus last for at least four months after diagnosis and do not fade quickly as some earlier reports suggested, scientists have found.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Sept. 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on September 2, 2020, there have been 441,396 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 10,642 total cases and 230 deaths.... more

FDA issues EUA for convalescent plasma as potential promising COVID–19 Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. ... more

Third virus vaccine reaches major hurdle: final US testing

A handful of the dozens of experimental COVID-19 vaccines in human testing have reached the last and biggest hurdle — looking for the needed proof that they really work as a U.S. advisory panel suggested Tuesday a way to ration the first limited doses once a vaccine wins approval. ... more

Can I use a face shield instead of a mask?

Can I use a face shield instead of a mask?... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 31, 2020, there have been 435,863 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 10,250 total cases and 214 deaths.... more

KFC suspends “Its Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan amid pandemic

Kentucky Fried Chicken suspended its “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” tagline after 64 years, deeming it “the most inappropriate slogan for 2020" amid the coronavirus pandemic.... more

Capito, Klobuchar, Moran urge FTC to address privacy issues surrounding mobile app “Premom”

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, joined her colleagues Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) in sending a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons urging the FTC to take action to address the troubling data collection and sharing practices of the mobile application (“app”) Premom.... more

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus?

Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus? No. While mosquitoes can spread some diseases, most notably malaria, experts say COVID-19 is not among them... more

WVU provides additional COVID-19 testing information

West Virginia University is providing additional COVID-19 data to help the campus and surrounding community have a better understanding of positive test results, monitoring and response protocols.... more

Scientists say Hong Kong man got coronavirus a second time

University of Hong Kong scientists claim to have the first evidence of someone being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19.... more

Don’t let COVID-19 delay your dental visit

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives, including dental appointments and other important medical care. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 28, 2020, there have been 419,401 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 9,824 total cases and 202 deaths.... more

WVU website offers helpful videos for parents and guardians trying to educate children

Parents and guardians looking to improve kids’ online learning experience this Fall, can check out a suite of videos that offer tips for navigating the new realities of remote learning in the ever-changing educational landscape.... more

Putin touts Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine as effective and safe

The Russian president on Thursday praised a coronavirus vaccine that Russia approved for use earlier this month as effective and safe, a clear bid to address international skepticism about the shots that have only been studied for two months in a few dozen people. ... more

Overdose calls increase 24% and higher in some counties during COVID

As the Northern District of West Virginia continues to see the effects of the opioid epidemic, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell is concerned about the increase in overdose calls during the peak months of COVID.... more

WVU completes baseline COVID-19 testing, transitions to surveillance testing

West Virginia University has completed baseline COVID-19 testing as part of its Return to Campus plan launched this summer. ... more

W.Va. records first inmate death believed related to COVID-19

An inmate from the South Central Regional Jail died early Friday while at an outside hospital, and the preliminary assessment from health officials attributes the cause to complications from COVID-19.... more

Capito, Manchin announce revolving loan funds to help WV Small Businesses respond to COVID-19

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Thursday that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $4.3 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance grants to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic across West Virginia.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - Aug. 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 26, 2020, there have been 409,429 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 9,540 total cases and 190 deaths.... more

FDA Daily Roundup

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday the following actions in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Convalescent Plasma as Potential Promising COVID–19 Treatment, Another Achievement in Administration’s Fight Against Pandemic

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19. ... more

COVID-19 Saliva Test provides a ray of hope for sports

Finally, perhaps a ray of hope has emerged for college sports. For the first time since the COVID-19 virus interrupted everyday life this past March, we received some potentially very good news last Saturday afternoon.... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney announces $1.5 Million in grants for Health Centers

Wednesday, Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced $1,458,664 in grants for health centers in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ ‘Health Center Cluster’ grant program.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding for Public Transportation in Morgantown

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday $40,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the Mountain Line Transit Project in Morgantown.... more

WV physicians using data to combat COVID-19

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) has been working with its investigators across the state to develop new and innovative ways to combat this global public health crisis. Early on, WVCTSI acknowledged the importance of clinical data to answering fundamental questions about this new virus.... more

Stonerise Healthcare advises community on COVID-19 infections

Following confirmation that two employees and one patient at Stonerise Healthcare’s Springfield Skilled Nursing Center (Monroe County) tested positive for COVID-19, and in accordance with guidance from the State of West Virginia, all Springfield patients and employees were tested this week for the novel coronavirus. ... more

WorkForce warns West Virginians about cases of unemployment fraud

WorkForce West Virginia has received thousands of fraudulent applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and agency officials are asking West Virginians to be on the lookout and protect their identities.... more

Gov. Justice directs WorkForce West Virginia to apply for “Lost Wage Assistance” unemployment insurance funds

Gov. Jim Justice has directed WorkForce West Virginia to apply for the Lost Wages Assistance Payments grant through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 21, 2020, there have been 384,143 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 9,066 total cases and 170 deaths.... more

WV confirms first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed on Thursday that a West Virginia child has been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). This is the first reported case in West Virginia... more

When is it safe to open schools? States have varying answers

As schools across the U.S. decide whether to reopen this fall, many are left wondering how to know if it's safe. Public health experts say virus rates in the community should be low, but there's little agreement on a specific threshold or even a measurement.... more

Pharmacists can now give childhood shots

Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases.... more

ClearMask receives FDA clearance for world’s first fully transparent surgical mask

ClearMask LLC, a privately held American medical supply company, announced Friday that it received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance on April 6, 2020, for its ClearMask™, a fully transparent surgical mask.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - Aug. 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 19, 2020, there have been 369,546 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 8,801 total cases and 166 deaths.... more

Is it safe to drink from a fountain during the pandemic?

Is it safe to drink from a water fountain during the pandemic? There's no evidence you can get COVID-19 from the water itself. But since the virus may linger on surfaces, experts say to avoid fountains if you can or to limit any direct contact when using them.... more

WVU reinforces seriousness of following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines

West Virginia University is taking enforcement of COVID-19 protocols very seriously this fall. ... more

FDA expands hand sanitizer warnings to include 1-propanol contamination

FDA is warning consumers and health care professionals about certain hand sanitizer products, including those manufactured by Harmonic Nature S de RL de MI in Mexico, that are labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for 1-propanol contamination. ... more

Enhanced testing update, South Central Regional Jail

Retesting at the South Central Regional Jail shows COVID-19 has been largely contained, with 57 positive and 433 negative results among inmates and six positive and 84 negative results among staff.... more

Capito, Colleagues urge flexibility for school meals

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), along with Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and their colleagues sent a letter Monday to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to urge the department to continue providing flexibilities to schools and sponsoring organizations for school meals and child nutrition.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 17, 2020, there have been 360,669 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 8,632 total cases and 160 deaths.... more

Dominion Energy supports energy assistance programs and expands bill payment plans to help customers facing economic hardship

Dominion Energy West Virginia is working to support customers, offering more flexible payment options on past due balances for families and individuals facing financial hardship. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey urges Congress to protect senior victims of fraud

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general are urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to include help for those victimized by elder scams and exploitation in COVID-19 relief legislation. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey urges Congress to protect senior victims of fraud

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and a bipartisan coalition of 44 attorneys general are urging the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to include help for those victimized by elder scams and exploitation in COVID-19 relief legislation. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 14, 2020, there have been 344,530 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 8,274 total cases and 157 deaths.... more

Canceling school hurts low-income and minority families the most

President Trump welcomed a group of teachers, parents, and physicians to the White House Wednesday to discuss how best to get American children back to school safely this fall.... more

Gaiters do no harm: WVU toxicologists find coverings help contain the spread of exhaled droplets

Experts with the West Virginia University Center for Inhalation Toxicology found that – assuming it’s a good fit - a gaiter will, despite recent reports, provide a respiratory containment of exhaled droplets comparable to a common over-the-ear cloth mask. ... more

Crane named Deputy Secretary of DHHR

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch announced on Friday the appointment of Brigadier General Russell Crane a Deputy Secretary of DHHR, effective August 17, 2020. ... more

Capito, Hirono, Whitehouse call on CMS to make all recommended vaccines accessible to Medicare beneficiaries

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) along with Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) led a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting CMS make all recommended vaccines accessible to Medicare beneficiaries.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 12, 2020, there have been 335,075 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 8,008 total cases and 153 deaths.... more

Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

It took six months for the world to reach 10 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus. It took just over six weeks for that number to double.... more

Capito asks President Trump to extend Title 32 orders for West Virginia National Guard

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump Tuesday requesting that the federal government continue to cover 100 percent of the cost share for the West Virginia National Guard’s (WVNG) response to the coronavirus pandemic under Title 32 orders.... more

Secretary Warner announces launch of absentee process for 2020 General Election

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that beginning Aug. 11, voters who prefer to vote absentee in the 2020 General Election may now request an absentee ballot from their county clerk.... more

Help304 service launched to help those affected by COVID related stress

If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or emotionally exhausted, you’re not alone. Pandemic related stress is high. Many people are worried they or a family member will become sick.... more

Gov. Justice presents fleet of food trucks to support West Virginia senior nutrition meal delivery programs

Gov. Jim Justice presented a fleet of new hot & cold food trucks Tuesday that will allow more seniors across West Virginia to receive fresh meals in their homes through the State’s senior nutrition meal delivery programs: Meals on Wheels and Home-Delivered Meals.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 10, 2020, there have been 326,886 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 7,754 total cases and 141 deaths.... more

MTA asks Apple's help to solve iPhone mask issues

New York's mass transit agency wants Apple to come up with a better way for iPhone users to unlock their phones without taking off their masks, as it seeks to guard against the spread of the coronavirus in buses and subways. ... more

Trump announces aid for jobless, renters, student loan borrowers

President Trump Saturday signed four executive actions to provide Americans financial relief from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Here's a look at what they would do.... more

Enhanced testing returns to South Central Regional Jail

Heeding Gov. Jim Justice’s call to “run to the fire” in the fight against COVID-19, the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation has resumed enhanced testing at the South Central Regional Jail in response to four new positive inmate cases there.... more

Congressional candidate Cathy Kunkel outlines plans for Healthcare for All

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed even more openly the problems of the U.S. healthcare system. More than 60,000 West Virginians lost health insurance during this pandemic, as a result of losing their jobs. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce support for homeless veterans 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 $7,262,424 for non-profits across West Virginia to help combat veteran homelessness on Monday. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey supports board’s dismissal of complaint against Berkeley County barber

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey commends the state’s Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists for voting to dismiss a complaint filed against a Berkeley County barber who kept his shop open during the coronavirus pandemic.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - Aug. 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 7, 2020, there have been 312,521 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 7,433 total cases and 127 deaths.... more

U-B Health Department updates

According to the local Health Department, Upshur County currently has 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three probable cases (36/3). ... more

US kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science

In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many U.S. children and teens are infected? How many kids who are infected show no symptoms? How likely are they to spread it to other kids and adults? ... more

School Clothing Allowance application period opens

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families will begin accepting school clothing allowance applications on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.... more

Capito, Manchin announce opioid relief funding opportunity 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 the opportunity for Belington Community Medical Services Association to apply for $1,000,000 in funding under the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP). ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 5

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 5, 2020, there have been 302,443 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 7,159 total cases and 124 deaths.... more

FDA authorizes first tests that estimate a patient’s antibodies from past SARS-CoV-2 infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first two COVID-19 serology tests that display an estimated quantity of antibodies present in the individual’s blood on July 31. ... more

Helping students who miss the normalcy of sports and activities they love

As the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of school sports and all extracurriculars remains unclear.... more

Donate COVID-19 plasma after recovery

If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. ... more

Capito cosponsors amendment to support NIH research

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined her colleague U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) Tuesday in introducing an amendment for consideration to the impending coronavirus relief package. The amendment would provide additional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Aug. 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on August 3, 2020, there have been 294,902 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 6,973 total cases and 117 deaths.... more

Paycheck Protection Program lending window closing

With every phone call, video conference and socially distanced meeting I’ve attended across the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Region, it is clear to me - entrepreneurship is alive and well despite what we’re all going through these days. ... more

Gov. Justice directs DHHR and WVNG to assist with rise in COVID-19 cases at two hospitals

Governor Jim Justice has directed the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia National Guard to closely monitor rises in COVID-19 cases in both staff and patients at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital and Logan General Hospital and to assist where needed.... more

Gov. Justice extends closure of Monongalia County bars for an additional 10 day

Gov. Jim Justice announced that he has issued an executive order, extending the closure of all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days.... more

Gov. Justice asks DHHR to work with Thomas Health to stand up St. Francis Hospital as a COVID-19 surge hospital to perform a dry run

Gov. Jim Justice has directed Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to work with Thomas Health, the parent company of Saint Francis Hospital, to accept their earlier offer to stand up as a COVID-19 surge hospital. ... more

DHHR transitioning to once a day reporting of COVID-19 Dashboard

On July 24, 2020, Gov. Jim Justice announced that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), the agency in charge of reporting the number of COVID-19 cases, will transition from providing twice-daily updates to one report every 24 hours.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 31, 2020, there have been 283,848 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 6,642 total cases and 116 deaths.... more

Can you get the coronavirus twice?

Can you get the coronavirus twice? Scientists don't know for sure yet, but they believe it's unlikely.... more

President Trump to recovered Coronavirus patients: Your plasma could save lives

President Trump just visited the American Red Cross Headquarters, where he joined public health experts from across the government to discuss a promising new development in the fight against Coronavirus.... more

Fauci optimistic COVID-19 vaccine will be widely available

Once a coronavirus vaccine is approved as safe and effective, Americans should have widespread access within a reasonable time, Dr. Anthony Fauci assured lawmakers Friday.... more

DHHR announces Low Income Energy Assistance Program for low income residents

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will begin mailing applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on July 31, 2020, to households who were approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but did not receive LIEAP. To be eligible to receive the LIEAP application, a household would have been approved for SNAP on or after April 1, 2020. ... more

Can the coronavirus spread through the air?

Can the coronavirus spread through the air? Yes, it's possible.... more

FDA reiterates warning about dangerous alcohol-based hand sanitizers containing methanol

The FDA continues to warn consumers and health care professionals not to use certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers due to the dangerous presence of methanol, or wood alcohol – a substance often used to create fuel and antifreeze that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin as well as life-threatening when ingested.... more

Update on WVU cleaning and disinfecting procedures in response to COVID-19

As part of our continuing efforts to provide a safe learning, working and living environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors, the Facilities Management team has implemented several enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures in preparation for return to campus this fall.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 29

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 29, 2020, there have been 273,988 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 6,326 total cases and 112 deaths.... more

Several Coronavirus vaccines reach late-stage trials

Operation Warp Speed, one of President Trump’s most important responses to the Coronavirus, is a historic partnership between the federal government, scientific community, and private sector to develop a safe COVID-19 vaccine in record time. Its goal is to produce 300 million doses of vaccine and have initial doses ready by January.... more

FDA authorizes first diagnostic test for screening of people without known or suspected COVID-19 infection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reissued the LabCorp COVID-19 RT-PCR Test emergency use authorization (EUA) last week, to include two new indications for use: testing for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms or who have no reason to suspect COVID-19 infection, and to allow pooled sample testing. ... more

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing yields zero positive results

According to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department, the COVID-19 Drive-thru testing held on July 10-11 yielded zero positive results.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 27, 2020, there have been 265,892 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 6,054 total cases and 106 deaths.... more

Capito, Graham, Rounds introduce bill to move PPE supply chain from China to U.S.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced Wednesday the U.S. MADE Act of 2020 to decrease United States dependence on countries like China for critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our health care providers.... more

Why are coins hard to find during the pandemic?

The Federal Reserve has seen a significant decline of coins in circulation because people are not spending them as regularly at businesses, many of which are either temporarily closed or not accepting cash.... more

Virus vaccine put to final test in thousands of volunteers

The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government — one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race.... more

Capito welcomes U.S. Drug Czar back to W.Va.

Friday, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) welcomed to West Virginia U.S. Drug Czar Jim Carroll, who serves as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The two met in Huntington where they discussed the impact of the coronavirus on drug overdose deaths. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 24, 2020, there have been 253,040 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 5,695 total cases and 103 deaths.... more

Capito, Young, King unveil bipartisan telehealth legislation that will lead to greater affordability and access

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Angus King (I-Maine) announced legislation to study the impacts of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID–19 Emergency Telehealth Impact Reporting Act of 2020, S.4289, requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assess key health care metrics, including utilization rates and hospital readmission rates, for patients who received their healthcare through expanded telehealth programs during the coronavirus pandemic. ... more

COVID-19 update from UBHD

Upshur County currently has 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two probables (33/2). Twelve of those cases are currently active, with one hospitalized and many soon coming off quarantine. Upshur County has no deaths and 23 have recovered, including the probables that are showing up on the WV DHHR website. ... more

Gov. Justice extends closure of Monongalia County bars for an additional 10 days

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has issued an executive order, extending the closure of all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days.... more

Capito talks Coronavirus Relief on Bloomberg TV

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined David Westin on Bloomberg TV’s Balance of Power Friday to discuss how states like West Virginia are handling the coronavirus pandemic—particularly when it comes to small business relief, reopening schools, and more.... more

Capito co-sponsors RESTART Act to support hardest-hit small and mid-sized businesses

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) this week joined a growing list of her senate colleagues in supporting the Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act. The legislation aims to provide a lifeline for the hardest-hit small and mid-sized businesses.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 22, 2020, there have been 247,291 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 5,461 total cases and 102 deaths.... more

Warner issues comprehensive Primary Election Report outlining planning and preparation during the pandemic

Secretary of State Mac Warner has now released the highlights of the most unique and challenging election in state history in a comprehensive report to state officials, legislators and the general public. The report follows the formal certification of all 55 counties’ election results.... more

Support grows for PPP Forgiveness for small business legislation

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced that the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Small Business Forgiveness Act now has 18 cosponsors, with more expected to come in the following days. Senator Capito was one of the original cosponsors of this legislation.... more

Private Colleges: Preparations in place for the fall semester

West Virginia’s colleges and universities were among the first to take drastic measures to protect our communities in response to COVID-19.... more

Gov. Justice hosts West Virginia’s college and university presidents to discuss reopening plans

Gov. Jim Justice held a virtual meeting with all 27 of West Virginia’s public and private college and university presidents to discuss reopening plans for the fall semester and how to ensure the safety of West Virginia’s students, teachers, faculty members, and communities amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 20, 2020, there have been 234,857 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 5,142 total cases and 100 deaths.... more

Cost of ensuring school safety complicates reopening plans

As school districts across the country decide how and when they can bring students back to campus safely, a major sticking point is emerging: the money to make it happen.... more

Delegate Sypolt requests additional federal COVID-19 funds to support local first responders

Delegate Terri Sypolt, R-Preston, again urged Gov. Jim Justice to include additional funding for local volunteer fire departments and volunteer emergency medical services personnel when distributing federal CARES Act funds.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding for Nurse Education Training Program at Fairmont State

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $499,975 for the Nurse Education Practice Quality Retention Simulation Education Training Program at Fairmont State University on Monday. This funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).... more

Capito, Manchin announce $113K for Health Departments 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 $113,437 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards and Employee Health Policy Initiatives under the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

SBA’s W.Va. District Office debunks common PPP and Economic Injury Disaster Loan myths

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office is hosting Q&A with SBA every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm this month to help small business entrepreneurs get their Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program questions answered quickly.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 17

he West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 17, 2020, there have been 222,427 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 4,783 total cases and 100 deaths.... more

School Clothing Allowance application period delayed due to COVID-19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families, has delayed the application period for the School Clothing Allowance (SCA) program due to COVID-19.... more

Walmart to require customers to wear masks at all its stores

Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.... more

West Virginia CARES Act grants to be available for small businesses; unemployment benefits extended

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that applications will soon be available online for small businesses seeking to receive funding through the Governor’s West Virginia CARES Act Small Business Grant Program.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – July 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 15, 2020, there have been 217,786 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 4,557 total cases and 98 deaths.... more

Justice warns young adults of COVID-19 dangers

Governor Jim Justice continued his daily press briefings via YouTube Wednesday afternoon, providing ongoing updates on the state’s response efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Attorney General Morrisey partnership nets $800K in disability fraud savings amid COVID-19 shutdowns

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s disability fraud partnership generated more than $800,000 in savings during the most recent quarter, despite coronavirus shutdowns that impacted investigations throughout the state.... more

WorkForce WV accepting applications for extended unemployment benefits

Workers who have exhausted their regular state unemployment and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits may now apply for Extended Benefits, WorkForce West Virginia announced today.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update — July 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 6:00 p.m., on July 13, 2020, there have been 211,006 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 4,313 total cases and 97 deaths.... more

LC Health Dept. confirms five new cases of COVID-19

The Lewis County Health Department and Lewis County Office of Emergency Management announced the confirmation of five new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. ... more

WVU offers information on dealing with work stress, productivity

Zoom fatigue. Eye strain. Body aches. Working remotely can create challenges for your body and mind. Finding time to take breaks throughout the day can help alleviate stress, improve your mood and boost work performance. ... more

Understanding community spread of COVID

As additional cases of the coronavirus are identified in Randolph County, Davis Medical Center is receiving questions about virus spread in the community. ... more

U.S. Senator Manchin issues statement on termination of relationship with the World Health Organization

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to terminate the United States’ relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) during the global COVID-19 pandemic.... more

FDA: Understanding the regulatory terminology of potential preventions and treatments for COVID-19

There’s a lot of confusion about which medical products might work to prevent or treat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Scientists are working hard to develop a number of potential drugs for the prevention or treatment of coronavirus, but none are currently approved by the FDA for these purposes.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 27, 2020, there have been 89,460 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,899 total cases and 74 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 26, 2020, there have been 87,811 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,854 total cases and 74 deaths.... more

Testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations announced

As part of Gov. Jim Justice’s initiative to increase testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations in medically-underserved counties, the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, with support from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) announced locations for testing on May 29 and 30, 2020.... more

Gov. Justice expands Huttonsville testing to all inmates

Gov. Jim Justice ordered COVID-19 testing for all other Huttonsville Correctional Center inmates on Friday, after the mass testing directed earlier this week confirmed 25 additional cases at the Randolph County facility.... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $31 million for West Virginia nursing homes

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Friday announced $31,017,500 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for professional nursing homes in West Virginia.... more

Capito applauds Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for rejecting partisan calls to halt review of energy infrastructure projects

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) recently sent a letter applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for continuing to process applications to improve America’s energy infrastructure – despite partisan requests from House Democrats and Democratic Attorneys General to halt the review of new natural gas pipeline projects and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities. In the letter, the senators also urge FERC to identify opportunities to reduce regulatory burdens on infrastructure projects in order to restore America’s energy independence and security, and to help grow the economy out of the COVID-19 crisis.... more

Attorney General Morrisey urges passage of legislation to safeguard first responders

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 state and territory attorneys general in urging Congress to pass legislation to provide benefits for families of first responders who may have contracted COVID-19 while on the job.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Daily Update – May 21 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 21, 2020, there have been 84,319 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,603 positive, 82,716 negative and 71 deaths.... more

WVHCA statement regarding results of statewide testing of nursing home residents and staff

The West Virginia Health Care Association’s CEO, Marty Wright, issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s announcement of the statewide testing results of all nursing home residents and employees.... more

WV Manufacturers Assoc. says W.Va. is ready for a safe return to work

A few weeks ago, we told you how manufacturers had stepped up to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Vaccination coverage for temporarily uninsured children

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health provides free vaccines to eligible children from birth through age 18 through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. Uninsured and other VFC-eligible children may receive free vaccines at more than 420 participating provider sites.... more

FDA provides updates on COVID-19 response

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Attorney General Morrisey urges passage of legislation to safeguard first responders

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 state and territory attorneys general in urging Congress to pass legislation to provide benefits for families of first responders who may have contracted COVID-19 while on the job.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 19 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 19, 2020, there have been 78,611 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,514 positive, 77,097 negative and 68 deaths.... more

Second W.Va. Corrections employee positive for COVID-19

A part-time employee at the Huttonsville Correctional Center has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting additional precautions at that facility.... more

Online ordering now available at Walmart and Amazon for EBT cardholders

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced online purchasing options at select retailers for West Virginia Mountain State Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cardholders. Using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or WV WORKS benefits, EBT cardholders can now purchase items online from Walmart and Amazon.... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney urges equal access to coronavirus relief funds for coal industry

Tuesday, Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02), along with 15 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Coal Caucus, signed a letter sent to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Small Business Administration Administrator Carranza in support of the coal industry’s equal access to coronavirus relief funds.... more

A curve ball? As West Virginia reopens, statistics for last month show new cases increased 75 percent, deaths increased 278 percent

In West Virginia — and across the nation — “the curve” has been replaced by “the percentage” as the key monitoring tool for the spread of the Coronavirus. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 18 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 18, 2020, there have been 77,760 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,502 positive, 76,258 negative and 68 deaths.... more

PSC addresses extraordinary utilities’ costs during COVID-19 pandemic

“Recognizing that the Public Service Commission of West Virginia has urged all utilities in the state to discontinue termination of service for non-payment of utility bills and recognizing that as the coronavirus continues, many residential, commercial and industrial customers are finding it difficult to pay their utility bills as the state reopens, and recognizing that this will have a detrimental effect upon the financial and operational viability of the state’s utilities, the Public Service Commission is issuing an Order authorizing the utilities to track their additional, extraordinary costs directly related to their efforts to continue safe and reliable utility services during the COVID-19 emergency and defer these costs to a future proceeding,” said Chairman Charlotte R. Lane of the Public Service Commission.... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney statement on left-wing $3 trillion spending bill

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) issued a statement on H.R. 6800.... more

Capito, Manchin announce research funding for WVU to innovate and increase supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front line workers

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $198,499 for the West Virginia University Research Corporation (WVURC) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for May 15, 2020

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 15, 2020, there have been 71,682 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,447 positive, 70,235 negative and 64 deaths.... more

Stonerise Healthcare sets industry safety standard with Safe Harbors

Officials with Stonerise Healthcare shared an update on the proactive steps they’re taking to protect patients during the COVID-19 pandemic through the expansion of the company’s Safe Harbors, designated spaces within skilled nursing centers created specifically for newly-admitted patients.... more

Testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations

Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced a plan to increase COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations in medically-underserved counties.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding for Family Violence Prevention Services 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 $270,038 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family Violence Prevention and Services formula grants program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). ... more

Alert Plan for counties to address increases in COVID-19 cases

As West Virginia begins to reopen based on Gov. Jim Justice’s West Virginia Strong: The Comeback, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health has developed a data-driven plan to identify areas experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 13 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 13, 2020, there have been 67,110 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,404 positive, 65,706 negative and 59 deaths.... more

W.Va. Legislature's Public Health Caucus concerned COVID-19 still 'deadly threat'

West Virginia’s plan to reopen its economy is like a car driving down a darken road. The state is moving so fast that it has overrun its headlights. As co-chairs of the West Virginia Public Health Caucus, we are concerned that in this scenario the state will come to a bridge that is out or a road that ends unexpectedly and we won’t know until it’s too late.... more

FDA updates on response efforts

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $1 Million in FEMA COVID-19 relief

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,074,068 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Performance Grant Program – COVID-19 Supplemental (EMPG-S). ... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $11 Million in community relief amid COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $11,193,235 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that was signed into law on Friday, March 27. ... more

Capito, Hassan co-sponsor legislation to help families of First Responders lost to COVID-19

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) co-sponsored the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR), legislation that clarifies the certification requirements for survivor benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program to account for the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.... more

Attorney General Morrisey joins multistate effort to hold China accountable

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined a multistate coalition of state attorneys general in requesting the federal government coordinate with states to hold the Chinese government accountable for the outbreak of COVID-19.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 11 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 11, 2020, there have been 64,165 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,369 positive, 62,796 negative and 57 deaths.... more

Teletherapy services provide at-home care for seniors experiencing depression, anxiety, or loneliness

Broaddus Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions, an intensive outpatient group therapy program for seniors, successfully made the transition to providing services remotely due to COVID-19 safety precautions.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 8 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 8, 2020, there have been 59,567 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,323 positive, 58,244 negative and 52 deaths.... more

WVHA Statement of Testing Assisted Living

The West Virginia Health Care Association’s CEO, Marty Wright, issued a statement on testing assisted living. ... more

WV Courts to begin first step of gradual, phased-in resumption of operations on May 18; New protocols to guide procedures

West Virginia courts can begin the first steps of a gradual, phased-in return to normal operations beginning May 18, 2020, under a new order and accompanying guidance, the Supreme Court announced Wednesday. ... more

State Firemen's Association issues statement on authentication of DTC3X masks

Jerry Loudin, president of the West Virginia State Firemen's Association, has issued the following statement from the West Virginia State Firemen's Association and it's more than 300 member departments following recent reports that DTC3X masks provided to first responders by state agencies are not approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital provides safe care right here at home

St. Joseph’s Hospital has implemented enhanced safety procedures throughout its physician clinics, outpatient services and surgery suites to help protect and reassure patients whose healthcare may have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more

Paycheck Protection Program funds still available Round Two still has over $100 Billion for borrowers in need

Billions of dollars in potentially forgivable Payroll Protection Program capital remains available to small businesses and nonprofits to help provide eight weeks of payroll and certain overhead to keep workers employed. PPP, laid out by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, is responsible for infusing billions of dollars of capital into small businesses nationwide and saving jobs.... more

Capito, bipartisan Senators aim to give states, cities greater flexibility with COVID-19 relief funds

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Angus King (I-Maine), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) introduced the Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow the federal relief funds provided to state and local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used to replace revenue shortfalls resulting from the pandemic. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey updates public on COVID-19 testing of federal prison transfers into W.Va.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and local Preston County officials received confirmation Wednesday evening from the deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that no prisoner testing positive for COVID-19 will be transported to FCI Hazelton in Preston County.... more

Guidance for West Virginia Small Businesses

In preparing a place of business to return employees to work, small businesses of ten or fewer employees should consider adopting rules and regulations to protect their employees and customers.... more

A Guide to Safely Opening our Restaurants Through Takeaway Service & Outdoor Dining

Per Governor Jim Justice’s Executive Order 2-20, restaurants have been allowed to remain open, by drive-through or carry out only, to serve their patrons.... more

Guidance for Religious Entities and Funeral Homes

Per Governor Jim Justice’s Executive Order 9-20, religious entities, including religious facilities, entities, groups, and religious gatherings, including weddings and funerals including funeral homes, are “essential business operations” and have been allowed to remain open and serve their community.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 6 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 6, 2020, there have been 56,085 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,276 positive, 54,809 negative and 51 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 5 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 5, 2020, there have been 55,157 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,242 positive, 53,915 negative and 50 deaths.... more

Attorney General Morrisey, Sen. Capito and Rep. McKinley call for better testing at prison quarantine sites

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Congressman David B. McKinley in calling upon the federal government to better equip two in-state prisons currently in use as quarantine sites for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.... more

Capito, GOP colleagues send letter to FBI and ATF on Firearms Background Check System during Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo encouraging them to protect public safety while respecting the Second Amendment and federal law related to the three business day waiting period for firearm purchases and seeking information on how the federal firearms background check system is responding during the coronavirus pandemic.... more

Applications for 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits available May 6

West Virginians who have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits and are eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) can apply for a 13-week extension on Wednesday, May 6.... more

DHHR announces increase in WV Medicaid reimbursement for Nursing Homes

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced that Gov. Jim Justice has approved a $20 a day increase for all West Virginia nursing homes in recognition of their response to COVID-19.... more

WV Department of Education and WV Department of Health and Human Resources receive approval for P-EBT Program to help WV families in need

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved West Virginia’s application for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) cards to support child nutrition needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more

Mon Health System launches phased approach to safely restore urgent elective medical services

Mon Health System will begin a phased approach to safely resume services to address the current and ongoing medical needs of patients in accordance with national and statewide guidance, effective Tuesday, April 28, 2020. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 4 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 4, 2020, there have been 54,075 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,224 positive, 52,851 negative and 50 deaths.... more

WV Department of Education and WV Department of Health and Human Resources receive approval for P-EBT Program to help WV families in need

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved West Virginia’s application for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) cards to support child nutrition needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more

WorkForce announces distribution of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits to begin Friday, May 8

WorkForce West Virginia announced today that on Friday, May 8, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PAU) benefits will begin to be distributed. ... more

US allows use of first drug shown to help virus recovery

U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of the first drug that appears to help some COVID-19 patients recover faster, a milestone in the global search for effective therapies against the coronavirus.... more

Mon Health System launches phased approach to safely restore urgent elective medical services

Mon Health System will begin a phased approach to safely resume services to address the current and ongoing medical needs of patients in accordance with national and statewide guidance, effective Tuesday, April 28, 2020. ... more

Delegate Sypolt, Speaker Hanshaw urge federal officials to stop transfer of inmates to West Virginia federal prisons

Delegate Terri Sypolt, R-Preston, and House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, said they strongly oppose the transfer of federal inmates to prisons in their districts and urge federal officials to reconsider that decision.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 1 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on May 1, 2020, there have been 47,062 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,151 positive, 45,911 negative and 47 deaths.... more

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W.Va. Corrections investigating inmate COVID-19 stimulus schemes

More than 100 West Virginia inmates have sought to obtain COVID-19 stimulus relief funds meant for U.S. workers and families, investigators for the W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation believe.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital approved to resume more urgent medical procedures

St. Joseph’s Hospital has been approved by the Office of Inspector General of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to resume providing more urgent medical procedures beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. ... more

U.S. Attorneys and FBI warn of potential fraud surrounding SBA loans

The United States Attorney’s Offices of the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Small Business Administration are asking small business owners to be aware of possible scams relating to the CARES Act.... more

DHHR to issue one-time payment for Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families is issuing a one-time Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) supplemental payment of $100 to both LIEAP participants and heating source vendors to offset bulk fuel expenses from the current program year.... more

DHHR issues guidance for COVID-19 testing of child care center staff

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health has issued guidance to assist child care providers and their staff in obtaining COVID-19 testing. ... more

Capito welcomes CMS decision to increase telephone-based health service reimbursements

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) welcomed the decision made by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase telephone-based, or audio-only, telehealth reimbursements to equal other audio-visual and in-person visitation reimbursements.... more

Alderson Broaddus University offers prorated credits and refunds to students

With residence halls closed and classes transitioned online for the remainder of the spring semester, Alderson Broaddus (AB) University offers prorated credits or refunds on room and board for enrolled students. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey’s consumer unit fields more than 850 Coronavirus inquiries

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office is continuing its efforts to protect consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 30 at 5 p.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 30, 2020, there have been 44,700 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,125 positive, 43,575 negative and 44 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 daily numbers explained

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reported at 10:00 a.m., on April 29, 2020, the positive case count for COVID-19 was 1,095, which was also the number reported in the 5:00 p.m. report on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Some of the county specific totals changed from Tuesday to Wednesday, as some counties increased and some decreased, but the net gain and loss ended up canceling each other out, so the total count remained at 1,095.... more

 

WV DHHR COVID-19 Daily Update – April 29 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 29, 2020, there have been 42,784 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,109 positive, 41,675 negative and 40 deaths.... more

Senate President Carmichael, Speaker Hanshaw release detailed legislative plan to reopen West Virginia

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, released a detailed plan Tuesday to safely and responsibly reopen the West Virginia economy. ... more

Capito urges EIDL improvement for West Virginia Small Businesses

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and her colleagues yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging her to make several improvements to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 28 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 28, 2020, there have been 41,526 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,095 positive, 40,431 negative and 38 deaths.... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $3 Million from HUD for Public Housing Relief in West Virginia amid Coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,044,576 for local housing authorities across West Virginia in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.... more

Attorney General Morrisey promotes safe giving amid COVID pandemic

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged generous consumers to give during the coronavirus pandemic but to do so safely. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 27 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 27, 2020, there have been 43,227 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,077 positive, 42,150 negative and 37 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 27 at 10 a.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 27, 2020, there have been 43,039 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,063 positive, 41,976 negative and 36 deaths.... more

Robert C. Byrd Institute donates face shields to Necco, Inc. for home visits

Like all families during the COVID-19 pandemic, foster families are gathering together and staying home. Home visits by the staff of one local foster care company continues during the crisis, which led to the need for hard-to-find personal protective equipment.... more

PPE is great when used correctly

Members of the Buckhannon-Upshur COVID-19 Community Task Force commended Upshur Countians for practicing distancing and using personal protective equipment at its April 24 web conference.... more

Gov. Justice urges Federal Bureau of Prisons to reverse decision to transfer out-of-state inmates to West Virginia

Gov. Jim Justice sent a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.... more

Davis Health System approved to resume some procedures

On Thursday, April 23 the WV Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Inspector General, approved Davis Health System to resume more urgent medical procedures.... more

Congressman Alex Mooney urges leadership to stop taxpayer funding for China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology

Representative Alex X. Mooney (WV-02), along with Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a bicameral coalition of over 50 other lawmakers sent a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting that no COVID-19 relief funds be given to China’s state-run bio-agent laboratory, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).... more

Reminder: Safe Use of Bleach and Disinfectants

According to Dr. Elizabeth Scharman, Director of the West Virginia Poison Center, compared to the same time period as last year, “the number of poisoning exposures in West Virginia from bleach products and disinfectants has doubled. ... more

Capito, Manchin urge VA to cover Mobile Testing Sites

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie requesting that the department cover coronavirus (COVID-19) mobile testing sites in the same manner as urgent and emergency care.... more

Capito joins bipartisan, bicameral call for establishing 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline in next COVID-19 relief package

— U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined her colleague, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), in leading a bipartisan, bicameral push in Congress to include the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, in the next coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package. ... more

Capito statement on potential prisoner transfer to West Virginia prisons

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released a statement in light of the proposals from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to transfer inmates into two West Virginia facilities as quarantine sites.... more

WV DHHR confirms over 1,000 COVID-19 cases Friday

WV DHHR reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 24, 2020, there have been 32,419 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,010 positive, 31,409 negative and 32 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 24 at 10 a.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 24, 2020, there have been 29,811 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 988 positive, 28,823 negative and 32 deaths.... more

W.Va. Corrections answers call amid COVD-19 mask shortage

The demand for masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted West Virginia’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation to pitch in and help in a major way.... more

Quarantined correctional officer tests positive for COVID-19

A South Central Regional Jail correctional officer who self-quarantined on April 15 tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, the only such case among any W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff or inmates.... more

IRS-CI and West Virginia COVID-19 Fraud Task Force warn of emerging phishing schemes

Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), along with the West Virginia COVID-19 Fraud Task Force, warns taxpayers to be alert about current scams relating to COVID-19 economic impact payments being seen already.... more

DHHR to offer special assistance payment due to COVID-19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families announced the availability of a one-time special assistance payment, Pandemic Diversionary Cash Assistance (PDCA), as part of the state’s ongoing response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.... more

DHHR confirms case of COVID-19 at Sharpe Hospital

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed that a health service worker at William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital in Weston, W. Va. tested positive for COVID-19.... more

Davis Health System to expand COVID-19 testing

In-house laboratory can test up to 64 persons each day... more

Congressman Alex Mooney announces support for COVID-19 Legislation for Small Businesses, Rural Hospitals and Expanded Testing

Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced Friday support for H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act and issued a statement.... more

The Lewis County Health Department and the Lewis County Office of Emergency Management have been notified of the third confirmed positive case of COVID-19

The Lewis County Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of a third positive Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 in Lewis County.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 23 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 23, 2020, there have been 29,116 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 981 positive, 28,135 negative and 31 deaths.... more

Stonerise Healthcare begins statewide testing of patients and employees

Stonerise Healthcare began testing all patients and employees for COVID-19 within the 17 skilled nursing centers it supports. ... more

Secretary of State Mac Warner shares "Frequently Asked Questions" related to upcoming Primary Election

As many changes have been made to the 2020 Primary Election due to COVID-19, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, his elections staff, and county clerks have worked to keep voters informed.... more

Gov. Justice announces backlog of unemployment claims has been cleared; reports progress on mass nursing home testing

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

DHHR orders additional data reporting and publishing guidelines

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health filed two orders to implement additional measures regarding the reporting and publishing of COVID-19 data.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $6 Million for Senior Support Services in West Virginia communities amid coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $6 million for communities across West Virginia to aid older adults and individuals with disabilities in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. ... more

The West Virginia Department of Education and counties sustain student support through end of school year

Governor Jim Justice announced that school buildings and facilities will remain closed while remote learning continues through the end of the school year. ... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital staff designs intubation tent for use with COVID-19 patients

Staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital were looking for a way to further protect their staff should they need to insert a breathing tube (intubate) into a patient with the COVID-19 virus or suspected of having the virus. ... more

FDA authorizes first test for patient at-home sample collection

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Tuesday announced the actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

CCWV offers Mail Prescriptions and Telemedicine Services

Community Care of West Virginia is offering both Mail Prescription and Telemedicine services to help individuals in our community stay home and stay safe during this pandemic. Please share this information with your employees, friends and family. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 21 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 21, 2020, there have been 25,435 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 929 positive, 24,506 negative and 26 deaths.... more

Gov. Justice issues Executive Order outlining process for hospitals to resume elective medical procedures

Gov. Jim Justice has issued an Executive Order, outlining the process for hospitals across West Virginia to apply to resume elective medical procedures, provided that certain safety thresholds are met. ... more

Gov. Justice, DHHR announce smartphone app for individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder

In response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Office of Drug Control Policy announced a free smartphone app to reduce isolation and offer support resources to West Virginians with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). ... more

Attorney General Morrisey warns of CARES Act stimulus check scam

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a consumer alert Tuesday warning of a CARES Act stimulus check scam.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 20 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 20, 2020, there have been 22,357 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 908 positive, 21,449 negative and 26 deaths.... more

WV Public Workers Union, UE Local 170 demands better conditions and compensation amid COVID-19 crisis

West Virginia’s Public Workers are risking their lives and health to keep this state going—not just those in the health care industry, but all those who must continue to go to work throughout this crisis.... more

Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the success of the Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued a statement Friday regarding the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)... more

Organizations partner to gauge potential economic impact of COVID‐19 on West Virginia

On April 15, 2020, the WV Association of Regional Councils (WVARC), WV Chamber of Commerce, the WV Development Office and the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority announced a partnership to maximize stimulus funds for West Virginia in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more

Support granted to local hospitals and healthcare workers in fight against COVID-19

Healthcare workers – doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff – are working around the clock to protect our communities from the growing COVID-19 pandemic.... more

DHHR to implement Executive Order regarding testing in Nursing Homes

In an effort to implement Governor Jim Justice’s newest executive order, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has begun working in coordination with the West Virginia National Guard to test individuals for COVID-19 who reside or work in West Virginia’s nursing homes... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney announces Coronavirus Relief Grants for West Virginia Education System

Friday, Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced a total of $17,595,872 in emergency U.S. Department of Education grants for West Virginia, authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.... more

Innovating how we stay connected

AARP recognizes the on-going Covid-19 pandemic is a challenging time for all as we try to adjust, distance, cope with loss of employment, ill family members, and so much more. ... more

WV DHHR reports nearly a third of the state's COVID-19 cases have recovered

WV DHHR reports 290 of the state's cases have recovered and as of 10:00 a.m., on April 21, 2020, there have been 22,763 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 914 positive, 21,849 negative and 26 deaths.... more

WV DHHR reports positive cases top 900

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 20, 2020, there have been 22,155 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 902 positive, 21,253 negative and 24 deaths.... more

Upshur’s fourth case of COVID-19 confirmed

WV DHHR reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 17, 2020, there have been 19,088 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 775 positive, 18,313 negative and 16 deaths.... more

WVHCA statement regarding COVID-19 testing in Long-Term Care Facilities

The West Virginia Health Care Association’s CEO, Marty Wright, issued the following statement. Click to read more.... more

West Virginia receives $625 million in federal funding to aid State coronavirus response

During his latest daily coronavirus briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced that West Virginia has received $625 million in funding from the federal government to assist the State in its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Trump outlines 3-phase approach to ‘Opening Up America Again’ amid COVID-19

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a cautious, three-phase approach—one that still gives wide latitude to governors—for reopening the shuttered economy in states that have had low rates of transmission of COVID-19. ... more

Stonerise Healthcare issues statement on COVID-19 testing

Stonerise Healthcare Chief Executive Officer, Larry Pack issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 testing within skilled nursing centers.... more

With funds running out, SBA no longer accepting applications for programs, cancels trainings

Release from the U.S. Small Business Administration: U.S. Small Business Administration announced it is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding. ... more

DHHR orders immediate electronic filing of COVID-19 test results

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health filed an order, effective April 16, 2020, requiring laboratories to provide immediate real time electronic reports of both positive and negative COVID-19 antibody or virus detection tests to the Bureau and to the local health department.... more

DHHR issues social distancing guidelines for WV Retailers

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health filed an emergency rule which provides consistency to retailers and provides assurance for purchasers by implementing uniform social distancing guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Davis Medical Center COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test site to reduce hours

The Davis Medical Center (DMC) COVID-19 drive-thru pre-screening site will be reducing hours beginning Tuesday, April 21, 2020.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 17 at 10 a.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 17, 2020, there have been 18,681 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 754 positive, 17,927 negative and 13 deaths.... more

U.S. Chamber Foundation launches grant program to support small business recovery

Small businesses are the foundation of our communities and our economy, and chambers of commerce are an essential part of that ecosystem. ... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney holds call with West Virginia Chamber

U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney (WV-02) held a call with members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce to help small businesses directly dealing with the economic impact of the coronavirus. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey ensures continuity of Second Amendment rights during pandemic

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has advised local sheriffs they can accept mail-in concealed carry applications and renewals as part of an effort to preserve the Second Amendment rights of West Virginians, while observing social distancing directives put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 15 at 5 p.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 15, 2020, there have been 17,821 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 718 positive, 17,103 negative and 12 deaths.... more

Altice USA extends free student broadband and WiFi solutions for rest of school year

In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Altice USA (NYSE: ATUS) announces that it is extending its free student broadband and WiFi offerings until the end of the 2019 - 2020 school year to help students and schools stay connected to online teaching and learning.... more

West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office harnesses power of voice assistant technology

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has added a new customer service tool to its toolbox and joined a growing number of government agencies using Amazon’s Alexa to provide constituents with quick information about the office.... more

W.Va. organizations join forces to poll businesses on economic effects of COVID-19 on West Virginia

Data expected to position state for future stimulus funds... more

West Virginia Small Business Training Opportunities

The U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office participates in COVID-19 Relief for Small Business trainings hosted by the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. The trainings cover the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance, and the Paycheck Protection Program. ... more

Warner announces new Continuity of Operations Plan for WV Election

The Secretary of State's Office and West Virginia's 55 county clerks are working together to prepare for what will likely be the most unique election since the state's founding in 1863... more

United States Attorneys Stuart and Powell launch statewide Election Fraud Task Force

United States Attorney Mike Stuart for the Southern District of West Virginia and United States Attorney Bill Powell for the Northern District of West Virginia announced the formation of the West Virginia Election Fraud Task Force to identify, investigate and prosecute fraud related to the 2020 West Virginia election including the Primary Election scheduled for June 9, 2020.... more

Unclaimed property may offer financial relief to struggling residents

State Treasurer John Perdue urges state residents, especially those financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic, to take special note of his office’s online unclaimed property search and the recent publication of “Discover,” a newspaper insert which includes 15,000- plus names of people due unclaimed funds in West Virginia.... more

Paycheck Protection Program

Our small businesses in West Virginia are seeing relief from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). ... more

How you can make a difference during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in our everyday lives. As we each do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, we look to the helpers all around us and wonder if we, too, could do more. Here are some ways you and your family can help.... more

FDA issues second Emergency Use Authorization to decontaminate N95 respirators

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the second emergency use authorization (EUA) to decontaminate compatible N95 or N95-equivalent respirators for reuse by health care workers in hospital settings.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $23 Million for Child Care and Development Support in West Virginia during COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $23,161,653 for vulnerable populations across West Virginia in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.... more

WV COVID-19 cases surpass 700

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 15, 2020, there have been 17,656 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 702 positive, 16,954 negative and 10 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 14 at 5 p.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 14, 2020, there have been 17,224 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 694 positive, 16,530 negative and 10 deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 14 at 10 a.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 14, 2020, there have been 17,038 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 640 positive, 16,398 negative and nine deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 13 at 5 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 13, 2020, there have been 16,748 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 633 positive, 16,115 negative and nine deaths.... more

WV Secretary of State, Philanthropy WV promote charitable accountability during pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 response, West Virginia nonprofits are on the front lines and grappling with growing needs and declining revenue.... more

WV National Guard, WVU researchers collaborate with community and technical colleges, businesses to address PPE shortfalls

The West Virginia National Guard, in collaboration with researchers from West Virginia University, academic institutions, community and technical colleges, as well as business and industry leaders from across the state of West Virginia have developed solutions to address the critical personal protective equipment shortage due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.... more

DHHR to issue one-time payment to TANF recipients during COVID-19 response

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families is issuing a one-time $500 payment to current recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), also known as WV WORKS, as part of the state’s ongoing response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

Delegate Higginbotham to propose bill incentivizing manufacturing relocation to West Virginia from China

Delegate Joshua Higginbotham, R-Putnam, announced he is working to draft a bill to be introduced in the next legislative session that would provide incentives to manufacturers to relocate operations to West Virginia from Communist China due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding opportunity for college students impacted by coronavirus

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the potential for $66,559,082 from the U.S. Department of Education for Higher Education Institutions West Virginia.... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $22 Million for health centers across West Virginia amid coronavirus pandemic

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $22,161,110 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 28 health centers across West Virginia. ... more

Capito legislation increases seniors' virtual connection to health care and community during coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Bob Casey (D-Penn.) introduced legislation to enhance telehealth support for seniors and increase access to technology for "virtual visits" during the coronavirus pandemic. ... more

 

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 13 at 10 a.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 13, 2020, there have been 16,655 residents tested for COVID-19, with 626 positive, 16,029 negative and nine deaths.... more

 

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 13 at 10 a.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 13, 2020, there have been 16,655 residents tested for COVID-19, with 626 positive, 16,029 negative and nine deaths.... more

 

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 13 at 10 a.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 13, 2020, there have been 16,655 residents tested for COVID-19, with 626 positive, 16,029 negative and nine deaths.... more

U.S. Senator Manchin says W.Va. did not get fair share of healthcare funding

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first allotment of designated healthcare provider funding through the CARES Act. ... more

Mon Health System adhering to CDC Guidelines and permitting homemade masks to be worn in facilities

Hospitals making up the Mon Health System are now allowing employees to wear homemade masks in designated areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... more

Growing shortages of PPE supplies threaten long-term care industry’s aggressive fight in W.Va.

The State of West Virginia’s early, aggressive protections of the elderly and vulnerable residents against COVID-19 in long-term care facilities are at risk of being nullified if the supplies of personal protective equipment, or PPE, continue to dry up.... more

Contingency plans explored for potential COVID-19 surge

Stonerise Healthcare was approached by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to create a contingency plan to establish a COVID-19 positive long-term care center in the event of a surge in West Virginia’s geriatric patients. ... more

Capito applauds first round of funding for West Virginia COVID-19 funding for Hospitals

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement of the first delivery of the initial funding to providers in support of the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).... more

Guidance from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Heart Rhythm Society

Together, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) jointly published this new guidance, “Considerations for Drug Interactions on QTc in Exploratory COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 19) Treatment,” to detail critical cardiovascular considerations in the use of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19.... more

West Virginia’s fifth death from COVID-19 confirmed

Through the Monongalia County Health Department and Sundale Long-Term Care, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed an 89-year old female from Monongalia County has died as a result of COVID-19. ... more

WV Secretary of State & Philanthropy WV promote Charitable Accountability during COVID-19 pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 response, West Virginia nonprofits are on the front lines and grappling with growing needs and declining revenue.... more

WorkForce West Virginia now processing CARES Act emergency unemployment benefits

West Virginians who are eligible for regular unemployment benefits will start receiving an additional $600 a week now that state officials have implemented guidelines for administering federal Coronavirus emergency benefits, WorkForce West Virginia announced on Tuesday.... more

Supreme Court extends Judicial Emergency to reduce in-person proceedings throughout W.Va. due to Coronavirus

In order to continue efforts to limit potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has extended and revised its previous Administrative Order which now declares a Judicial Emergency from March 23, 2020, through May 1, 2020, in all fifty-five (55) counties throughout West Virginia.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital and The Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur seeking donors for Blood Drive

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur are seeking donors for an upcoming Blood Drive.... more

Patient testing complete at Eastbrook Center

COVID-19 testing is complete for all patients at Eastbrook Center, a skilled nursing center in Charleston, following a confirmed positive case on Sunday April 5.... more

Upshur County confirms third case of COVID-19

WV DHHR confirmed Upshur County's third case of COVID-19 and reports as of 5:00 p.m., on April 10, 2020, there have been 15,101 residents tested for COVID-19, with 574 positive, 14,527 negative and five deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update April 10 at 10 a.m.

WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 10, 2020, there have been 14,537 residents tested for COVID-19, with 536 positive, 14,001 negative and five deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 9 at 10 a.m.

The WV DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., on April 9, 2020, there have been 12,934 residents tested for COVID-19, with 485 positive, 12,449 negative and four deaths.... more

West Virginia 911 Centers adopt screening to protect First Responders

West Virginia’s 911 centers are stepping up to limit the threat from COVID-19 for first responders. ... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney holds conference call with Pastors to discuss Coronavirus Relief Funds

U.S. Congressman Alex Mooney (WV-02) hosted a conference call with pastors across West Virginia’s Second Congressional District to discuss access to relief funds for churches and religious organizations provided through the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.... more

Warner says Absentee Ballot Application Postcards are now being sent to all 1.2 million registered voters

According to West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, every registered voter should receive an application in the mail within the next 10 days to vote absentee in the June 9 Primary Election. ... more

We’re Americans. We’ll beat this.

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” This is not just the first line of the novel, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is a good description of our current times. ... more

PSC adjusts filing procedures during COVID-19 pandemic

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia is streamlining its procedures to continue serving the public while complying with the Governor’s Executive Orders. ... more

FDA provides updated guidance to address the urgent need for blood during the pandemic

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing commitment to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the agency issued guidance on April 2 for immediate implementation to address the urgent and immediate need for blood and blood components.... more

FDA Daily Roundup April 7

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday they are taking actions in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Alzheimer's Association offers advice on staying connected with loved one

The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter offers three pieces of advice to help you stay in touch with a friend or family member in a care home during the coronavirus crisis. ... more

Upshur confirms second case of COVID-19

WV DHHR issued a second daily update at 5 p.m. and confirmed Upshur County's second case of COVID-19... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for April 8

WV DHHR confirmed 50 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state today, making the total positive case count 462.... more

World Health Day observed

World Health Day was observed Tuesday, April 7. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 April 7 Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 67 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state on Tuesday, making the total positive case count 412.... more

WV Department of Education CTE Centers donate 65,000 protective items to frontline workers

The West Virginia Department of Education announced that schools and career technical education (CTE) centers are assisting in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by donating more than 65,000 protective items to healthcare workers and first responders. ... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital to accept homemade masks for use by certain staff according to revised CDC guidelines

The CDC has issued new recommendations on the use of cloth face coverings allowing St. Joseph’s Hospital to accept donations of homemade masks. ... more

SBA and WV SBDC schedule additional COVID-19 webinars on federal relief for small business

Online training scheduled twice daily the week of April 6 ... more

First COVID-19 death of Harrison County resident announced

In a press release shared by the WV Department of Health and Human Resources Monday, the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department announced the first death of a Harrison County resident due to COVID-19 on April 5, 2020.... more

COVID-19 response by W.Va. corrections upheld by court

A federal judge ruled Monday that West Virginia’s correctional system has a reasonable, well-founded and appropriate plan to deal with the unprecedented COVID-19 threat.... more

Attorney General Morrisey continues investigation: Reveals concerns about WARN Act

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s investigation into the sudden closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center has yielded new information about whether hospital ownership provided advance notice of any mass layoff to employees.... more

By the numbers: A massive nationwide response

When the world has faced trying times, Americans have never failed to rise to the occasion. The Coronavirus pandemic is and will be no exception.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for April 7

WV DHHR confirmed 67 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. As of April 7, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., 12,059 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 412 positive, 11,647 negative and four deaths.... more

Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home

Everyday steps and extra steps when someone is sick... more

Supreme Court extends Judicial Emergency to reduce in-person proceedings throughout W.Va. due to Coronavirus

In order to continue efforts to limit potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has extended and revised its previous Administrative Order which now declares a Judicial Emergency from March 23, 2020, through May 1, 2020, in all fifty-five (55) counties throughout West Virginia. ... more

Small Businesses encouraged to approach lenders now for Paycheck Protection Program

SBA lenders will start accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan applications April 3 for small businesses and sole proprietors. ... more

SBA & SBDC offer COVID-19 Relief for Small Business Training

Small Business Trainings offered twice daily the week of April 6... more

RWDSU announces intention to file Warn Act Suit in response to notice of Fairmont Regional Medical Center closure

On March 19, 2020 Alecto announced the company would close Fairmont Regional Medical Center without any warning, in direct violation of the federal WARN Act.... more

Lawsuit targets public safety, health amid COVID-19 response

Lawyers for several sex offenders, a domestic batterer and other convicted felons seek to have such inmates released because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a move opposed by the W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.... more

Gov. Justice expands Executive Order to additional counties to further protect West Virginians

Gov. Jim Justice announced Saturday at 9:45 p.m. that he signed an Executive Order for Monongalia, Harrison, and Kanawha counties as COVID-19 continues to spread. ... more

Gov. Justice directs additional resources to WorkForce WV

Gov. Jim Justice announced that he is directing additional resources to Workforce WV to assist with the processing of unemployment claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Gov. Justice secures federal disaster declaration for West Virginia in response to COVID-19 pandemic

President Donald J. Trump has granted Gov. Jim Justice’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration for West Virginia, triggering the release of federal funds to help communities recover from the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. ... more

Congresswoman Miller urges support for oil and gas industry during COVID-19 response

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV), joined with 41 of her Republican Colleagues to send a letter to the Trump Administration urging them to continue prioritizing our nation's oil and natural gas producers and workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Capito applauds President Trump’s approval of West Virginia’s Major Disaster Declaration

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) applauded President Donald J. Trump’s approval of Governor Jim Justice’s request for a major disaster declaration for the state of West Virginia as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update for April 6

WV DHHR confirms 21 new cases, including one in Lewis County, for a total positive count of 345. ... more

WV DHHR confirms state's third death to COVID-19

As of April 5, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., 8,838 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 324 positive, 8,514 negative and three deaths. ... more

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Hotels, Motels and Other Lodging Facilities April 2020

Since February 2020, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health has been following an increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 April 4 Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 45 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 282.... more

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won't wear one

President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. ... more

CDC recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19... more

There is help with Suicide Lifeline for West Virginia operating during crisis

In a time and place of high anxiety, sometimes a caring voice on the other end of a phone is a lifesaver.... more

New COVID-19 patient data registry will provide insights to care and adverse cardiovascular outcomes

As physicians, scientists and researchers worldwide struggle to understand the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the American Heart Association is developing a novel registry to aggregate data and aid research on the disease, treatment protocols and risk factors tied to adverse cardiovascular outcomes.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice reports first community cluster of COVID-19, encourages residents to stay calm, keep practicing social distancing

Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders and officials from his administration at the Capitol Complex in Charleston for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for April 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 20 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 237. ... more

Trump administration moving swiftly to address ventilator shortages

Ventilators represent the last line of defense for patients suffering with severe COVID-19 symptoms... more

U.S. Sen. Manchin hears concerns of W.Va. newspapers

Thursday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) participated in a call with the West Virginia Press Association to hear their concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Consumer Alert: Attorney General Morrisey warns of Utility Scam circulating amid pandemic

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged consumers to be wary of impostors who may threaten to shutoff service, even as several public utilities have suspended terminations for nonpayment during the coronavirus pandemic.... more

Bipartisan legislative leaders encourage Governor to close West Virginia’s Schools for remainder of year

Senate President Mitch Carmichael, Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, Speaker of the House Roger Hanshaw, and House Minority Leader Tim Miley, delivered a letter to Governor Jim Justice to request that he initiate the necessary actions to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.... more

So, what is Telehealth anyway?

You may be hearing a lot about telehealth lately. The doctor, case manager, therapist or counselor for you or your child may be suggesting services through telehealth during this time of COVID-19 and the need to keep physical distance from others. But what really is telehealth and how does it work? ... more

WV Department of Education announces partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to deliver student engagement content

The West Virginia Department of Education has entered into a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) to deliver student engagement content for West Virginia students amid the COVID-19 school closures.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 April 2 Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 26 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 217. ... more

WorkForce West Virginia encourages patience while waiting for CARES Act benefits, continues to process state unemployment benefits

WorkForce West Virginia is encouraging employees who believe they are eligible for programs under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to remain patient as the agency awaits guidelines for distributing benefits.... more

Second death from COVID-19 confirmed in Jackson County

The WV DHHR confirmed the state’s second death from COVID-19 Wednesday evening by sharing a press release from the Jackson County Health Department. ... more

Dominion Energy asks neighbors to help keep communities safe

• April designated as National Safe Digging Month to promote safety near underground utilities • Customers urged to practice safe digging and use 811 services – it’s the law! • Safe digging practices more important than ever as hospitals, healthcare providers and first responders focus on coronavirus response... more

Public Notice: New dates for 2020 Primary Election published

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner would like the public to be aware of the changes in dates and deadlines for the 2020 Primary Election, which will now be held on June 9. ... more

Gov. Justice says West Virginia still trending the right way on minimizing COVID-19 cases

Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

IRS-Criminal Investigation warns of potential COVID-19 economic impact payment scams

Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) warns taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to COVID-19 economic impact payments. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce $19 Million from HUD for WV communities to handle coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $19 million for communities across West Virginia in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. ... more

Capito works to ensure seniors don’t have to file additional forms for COVID-19 assistance

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and 21 of her colleagues penned a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury calling on the agencies to automatically qualify seniors for the direct Economic Impact Payments.... more

Warner issues Emergency Rule establishing electronic notarization processes in lieu of in-person notary requirements

Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that he has promulgated an Emergency Rule establishing processes for West Virginia notaries to safely notarize documents remotely during the current State of Emergency.... more

Governor suspends medical procedures due to pandemic

West Virginians for Life applauds Governor Jim Justice, who, with the support of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, has announced that all health care facilities postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary during the current COVID-19 pandemic.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 April 1 Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 29 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 191 on Wednesday afternoon.... more

WV Delegation sends letter to President Trump in support of Governor Justice’s Disaster Declaration request

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), U.S. Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.-1), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.-2), and Carol Miller (R-W.Va.-3) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump in support of Governor Jim Justice’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration for West Virginia as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.... more

Virus deaths in NYC top 1,000 as city prepares for worse

Deaths from the coronavirus topped 1,000 in New York City as officials warned that the worst of the virus' toll is yet to come.... more

USDA extends ReConnect application deadline to April 15

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand announced that USDA has extended the deadline for ReConnect Pilot Program applications to April 15.... more

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.... more

Congressman Alex X. Mooney announces HUD grants to address COVID-19 in West Virginia

On April 1, Congressman Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) announced $14,152,476 in grants for the State of West Virginia and an additional $1,102,835 in grants for Martinsburg and Charleston to help combat the coronavirus.... more

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

Check IRS.gov for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time... more

W.Va. addiction Hotline HELP4WV says calls remain steady during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for addiction treatment in West Virginia has not slowed down. ... more

Gov. Justice signs Executive Order suspending some statutory regulations at the request of the Boards of Nursing, Medicine

Tuesday, at the request of the West Virginia Board of Nursing and the West Virginia Board of Medicine, Gov. Jim Justice signed an executive order that suspends several statutory regulations that are preventing medical providers from best responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and assisting the citizens of West Virginia.... more

GOP lawmakers encourage local broadcast outlets to air Easter services

Delegate Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, and members of the House and Senate Republican Caucuses today encouraged local radio and television stations to partner with area houses of worship to broadcast Easter Sunday services so people can worship and celebrate the holiday at home.... more

Federal and State Officials launch West Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, United States Attorney Mike Stuart for the Southern District of West Virginia and United States Attorney Bill Powell for the Northern District of West Virginia announced Tuesday the formation of the West Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force to identify, investigate and prosecute fraud related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.... more

DHHR receives Federal Waivers to assist SNAP recipients during COVID-19 response

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Children and Families has been granted two waivers from the federal government for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of an ongoing response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

Capito discusses Coronavirus Relief with Small Business Owners, State Medical Association

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) spoke with members of the West Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (WVADA), the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), the Independent Oil and Natural Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV), and the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA) on teleconference calls where she provided an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.... more

Capito answers Community Bank questions, works to help lenders aid their communities

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) spoke with members of the Community Bankers of West Virginia (CBWV) and the West Virginia Bankers Association (WVBA) on a teleconference call. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 March 31 Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 17 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 162.... more

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8 in 2021

The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year's games.... more

SBA programs offer assistance

Last Friday, the President signed the historic economic recovery bill to inject capital to help small businesses affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).... more

FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 treatments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday the actions they are taking in the ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Delivering immediate COVID-19 relief for West Virginians

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has swept through our nation and hit other countries around the world particularly hard.... more

Delegate Hanna urges residents to stay calm, obey health guidelines following Upshur COVID-19 case

Delegate Caleb Hanna, R-Nicholas, urged local residents to remain calm and follow public health officials’ guidance to avoid further spread of the coronavirus following confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Upshur County last week.... more

Delegate Hanna urges residents to stay calm, obey health guidelines following Upshur COVID-19 case

Delegate Caleb Hanna, R-Nicholas, urged local residents to remain calm and follow public health officials’ guidance to avoid further spread of the coronavirus following confirmation of the first COVID-19 case in Upshur County last week.... more

USNS Comfort arrives in NYC

The USNS Comfort arrived in New York Harbor Monday, three weeks ahead of schedule, where it will begin treating patients Tuesday to help relieve the city’s hospital capacity.... more

Marshall University’s RCBI innovates face shields to meet needs of healthcare industry

In an effort to meet a crucial need to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) have innovated ways to produce face shields using 3D printing and laser technology. ... more

West Virginia’s first death from COVID-19 confirmed

Through the Marion County Health Department and United Hospital Center, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed an 88-year old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19 on March 29.... more

W.Va. DMAPS all-in on Gov. Justice’s COVID-19 response

It has been an all-hands-on-deck response from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety in support of Gov. Jim Justice and the fight against COVID-19.... more

Most counties transition to long-term feeding plans for students

— The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), at the request of Governor Jim Justice, continues to work with counties to shift to more efficient models to feed children during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.... more

Manchin encourages West Virginians to utilize WV 211 Program

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginians to utilize the 2-1-1 program operated by United Way of West Virginia.... more

Capito talks coronavirus relief with Regional Planning and Development Council, Coal Association

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) spoke with members of the West Virginia Regional Planning and Development Councils and the West Virginia Coal Association (WVCA) on teleconference calls where she provided an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 March 29 Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 11 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 124 as of March 29, 2020. ... more