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Health Updates

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 9

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

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

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

Bipartisan bill expanding access to postnatal care passes WV Legislature


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

SBA opens applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

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

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

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

Lifestyle Program now recruiting participants

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 7

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

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

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

DHHR receives federal approval for SNAP Emergency Supplemental Allotments

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – April 5

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

U-BHD Update

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

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 2

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

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

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

WHO team urges patience after first look for origin of virus

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

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

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

Substantial changes to ACA Health Insurance take effect April 1

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

Attorney General Morrisey fights unlawful sales of fake vaccination cards

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

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

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

WorkForce warns of new texting and fraudulent website scam

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USDA entitlement requirements waived to increase Summer Feeding Programs

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

WV WIC awarded grant from Council of State Governments

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 29

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Statement from Commissioner of Social Security about Economic Impact Payments

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

Mon Health offers COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

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

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

Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program now accepting applications

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

COVID-19 patients provided communication with special gif

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Davis Medical Center to highlight the importance of Organ Donation

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 24

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

WVWC confirms 25 active cases of COVID-19 on Campus

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

Help stop the spread of coronavirus and protect your family

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

Overdose deaths soar in West Virginia amid pandemic

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

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

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

California groups track face masks, gloves bound for ocean

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 22

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Free local vaccines available to anyone age 16 and older

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

WV Senior Legal Aid offers stimulus payment information

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

Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance available today; Closes April 30

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

Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory announced

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 17

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

Local COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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

Know your treatment options for COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 15

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

Mon Health Plans Day of Remembrance on March 18

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 12

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Will the coronavirus ever go away?

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

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

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

Pulmonary Rehab Week to be celebrated March 14-20

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 10

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

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

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

Investigating youth suicides among children involved with the welfare system 

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

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 8

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

Legislation introduced to help stem Opioid Epidemic

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

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 5

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

Governor Justice, Veto Bad Public Health Legislation

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

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

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

Gov. Justice lifts more restrictions

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 3

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

WVDA encourages Farmers to apply for PPP Loans

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

WV WIC celebrates National Nutrition Month

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

Most small businesses don’t require virus tests

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

New window opens for Health Insurance enrollment

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Mar. 1

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

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

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

How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

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

FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for third COVID-19 vaccine

The FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) on Feb. 27, 2021 for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.... more

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 26

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

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

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

Buckhannon COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics attendee guidelines

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

WVWC COVID-19 Dashboard - February 26

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

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

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

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

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

Free Prostate Cancer Screenings March 4 at Mon Health SJMH

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

Pulmonary Rehab can help recovering COVID patients

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

What is a Heart Attack?

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 24

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

Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

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

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

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

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

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

Attorney General Morrisey alerts consumers to COVID Vaccine Scam

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 22

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

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

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

WVU confirms presence of COVID-19 variant in community

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

Pulmonary Rehab can help recovering COVID patients

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

New window opens for Health Insurance enrollment

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

Mon Health reminds that February is Heart Month

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 19

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

U-BHD Update

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

What are the different medical terms for a heart attack?

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

Stonerise announces new guidelines for in-person visits

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

West Virginia WIC continues remote services for families

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

Despite a raging pandemic and bail reform efforts, thousands of West Virginians remain jailed, awaiting their day in court

This problem isn’t new: for decades, West Virginia’s jails have faced overcrowding issues. But despite attempts at reform—including as recently as last year—the behind-bars population has steadily grown.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 17

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Is all chest pain a heart attack?

No. One very common type of chest pain is called angina.... more

New enrollment window opens for health insurance shoppers

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

COVID-19 shots might be tweaked if variants get worse

The makers of COVID-19 vaccines are figuring out how to tweak their recipes against worrisome virus mutations—and regulators are looking to flu as a blueprint if and when the shots need an update.... more

Elkins Community Vaccination Clinic to proceed on Thurs.

The Thursday, Feb. 18 COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic at the Phil Gainer Center in Elkins will take place as scheduled.... more

B-U Chamber seeks volunteers for upcoming Vaccine Clinics

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 15

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

WVWC confirms one positive COVID-19 case 

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

Will I recover from my heart attack?

The answer is most likely yes.... more

New variants raise worry about COVID-19 virus reinfections

Evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second infections with earlier versions of the coronavirus if they mounted a weak defense the first time, new research suggests.... more

A third of US adults polled skeptical of COVID shots

About 1 in 3 Americans say they definitely or probably won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new poll that some experts say is discouraging news if the U.S. hopes to achieve herd immunity and vanquish the outbreak.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Dec. 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10 a.m., December 4, 2020, there have been 1,180,491 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 52,172 total cases and 799 deaths.... more

Free in-home COVID-19 testing now available for all West Virginians

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday that free in-home COVID-19 testing is now available for all West Virginians.... more

CCWV now requiring visit for symptomatic patients

With the onset of flu season, there are a myriad of viruses and illnesses that have symptoms that may be similar to COVID-19.... more

Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. But if you must, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday.... more

President Trump extends Title 32 orders for WVNG following Capito request

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) issued the below statement Thursday after President Donald J. Trump’s announcement that he would be extending National Guard Title 32 orders through March 2021. ... more

AARP WV leaders urge Congress to address continuing needs of older West Virginians, nursing home residents

As coronavirus cases and deaths continue rising, including nearly 100,000 resident and staff deaths in U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are meeting this week with members of the state’s Congressional delegation to fight for older Americans amid the crisis.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - December 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., December 2, 2020, there have been 1,152,045 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 49,905 total cases and 778 deaths.... more

UK authorizes Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use

Britain authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for use Wednesday, greenlighting the first shot backed up by rigorous scientific review. The first vaccinations are expected within days — a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.... more

Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic?

Is shopping in stores safe during the pandemic? There are ways to reduce risk, but health experts advise avoiding it when possible.... more

Capito, Manchin announce Emergency Food and Shelter Program eligibility in West Virginia

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced West Virginia’s eligibility for up to $749,920 from the FY20 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - November 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10 a.m., November 30, 2020, there have been 1,130,956 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 47,842 total cases and 735 deaths.... more

Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.... more

First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s goes on sale

A company has started selling the first blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, a leap for the field that could make it much easier for people to learn whether they have dementia. It also raises concern about the accuracy and impact of such life-altering news.... more

Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter offers December educational series

The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter is offering a free two-part educational series in December for caregivers whose loved ones are in the late stage of the disease.... more

Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

Americans returning home from Thanksgiving break faced strict new coronavirus measures around the country Monday as health officials brace for a disastrous worsening of the nationwide surge because of holiday gatherings over the long weekend.... more

US adult smoking rate looks unchanged, vaping rate higher

The U.S. decline in cigarette smoking could be stalling while the adult vaping rate appears to be rising, according to a government report released Thursday.... more

Virtual Town Hall meetings to be held on the 2021 West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment are hosting seven virtual town hall meetings to allow residents to review and provide comment on the 2021 West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan. ... more

COVID closes T-Rex Science Center

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many small businesses and organizations have been adversely affected, with some being forced to shut down completely; one such entity is Charleston’s T-Rex Science Center, which announced its impending closure earlier this month.... more

WVU announces details on residence hall return and COVID-19 testing for spring semester

To help students, faculty and staff prepare for a safe return to campus in January, West Virginia University is providing details on the residence hall return process and COVID-19 testing for the spring semester, which begins on Tuesday, Jan. 19.... more

Childhood trauma especially common among rural women with substance use disorders

Rural women with substance use disorders may have experienced significantly more childhood trauma than their male counterparts, according to new research from the West Virginia University School of Medicine.... more

How much does cancer cost? New report adds up the financial burden of a cancer diagnosis

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released a report detailing the costs of treating cancer, specifically out-of-pocket costs typical cancer patients face. ... more

Game Changer launching “Change Their Holiday” promotion to aid families recovering from opioid and substance misuse

Gov. Jim Justice announced Thursday that the West Virginia Game Changer initiative is launching a new promotion called “Change Their Holiday,” with a goal of making sure families recovering from opioid and substance misuse have everything they need to enjoy a happy holiday season.... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 daily update — Nov. 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10 a.m., November 24, 2020, there have been 1,048,077 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 42,083 total cases and 682 deaths.... more

Pfizer: COVID-19 shot 95% effective, seeking clearance soon

Pfizer said Wednesday that new test results show its coronavirus vaccine is 95% effective, is safe and also protects older people most at risk of dying — the last data needed to seek emergency use of limited shot supplies as the catastrophic outbreak worsens across the globe.... more

More Americans on diets from a decade ago, report finds

If it seems like more and more people are on diets these days, you might not be imagining it. A higher percentage of Americans said they're on a special diet to lose weight or for other health reasons compared with a decade ago, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... more

Gov. Justice announces $6 million to combat drug crisis

Gov. Jim Justice announced a $6 million federal grant that will help West Virginia strengthen cutting-edge strategies that target addiction through prevention, intervention, and diversion.... more

New Life Retreat offers drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education

More than 130 million people, and over two-thirds of adults in the United States regularly use prescription drugs...... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 23, 2020, there have been 1,033,510 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 41,114 total cases and 667 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports 100 active cases

As of Monday, November 23 at 4:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed a total of 422 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 to date, with nine probable cases (422/9) for a total of 451, and 100 cases are currently active. Upshur County has had four (4) deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 347 cases have reportedly now recovered.... more

Vaccinate before you celebrate this holiday season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN) is encouraging all West Virginians to get the flu vaccination before celebrating with family and friends.... more

What's with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.... more

Fever, symptom screening misses many coronavirus cases

Temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like the ones used at schools and doctor's offices have again proved inadequate for spotting coronavirus infections and preventing outbreaks. ... more

DHHR announces Low Income Energy Assistance Program available

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will begin mailing applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) on November 16, 2020, to those who received LIEAP this past season. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10 a.m., November 20, 2020, there have been 989,560 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 38,480 total cases and 639 deaths.... more

Guidance for holiday gatherings and travel

As we approach the holiday season and many people begin to plan for celebrations and related travel, WVU wants to remind faculty, staff and students to stay vigilant in protecting themselves and others from the potential spread of COVID-19.... more

PSA from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department

COVID-19 cases are increasing nationwide and this brings increased risk of infection this holiday season.... more

Free, non-profit program “WV Navigator” to offer virtual health insurance enrollment help

Open enrollment for Marketplace health insurance, available through the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is underway and is open through December 15, 2020. ... more

Who will be the first to get COVID-19 vaccines?

Who will be the first to get COVID-19 vaccines? No decision has been made, but...... more

Mon Health System offers Lung Cancer Screenings in November

The American Cancer Society advises “Early Detection Saves Lives.” That is a theme that most physicians will also tell their patients. When found early a cancer diagnosis can mean a better outcome for the patient. When it is found later, it can mean longer and more serious treatments, especially for those diagnosed with lung cancer.... more

Is it safe yet to fly during the pandemic?

Public health experts say staying home is best to keep yourself and others safe from infection. But if you’re thinking about flying for the holidays, you should know what to expect.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - Nov. 19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10 a.m., November 18, 2020, there have been 955,928 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 36,277 total cases and 612 deaths.... more

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 test for self-testing at home

Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results. ... more

Experts say no need to cancel Thanksgiving, but play it safe

A safe Thanksgiving during a pandemic is possible, but health experts know their advice is as tough to swallow as dry turkey: Stay home. Don’t travel. If you must gather, do it outdoors.... more

FDA authorizes monoclonal antibody for treatment of COVID-19

On November 9, 2020, FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. ... more

Mon Health SJMH participates in Great American Smokeout Nov. 19

Giving up a cigarette habit is one of the most difficult hurdles for a smoker. That is why Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is encouraging the public to think about kicking the habit during the week of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 19. ... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 daily update - Nov. 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 16, 2020, there have been 934,835 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 34,460 total cases and 585 deaths.... more

Second virus vaccine shows overwhelming success in U.S. tests

Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.... more

WV Department of Education releases Nov. 14 Saturday Education Map

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has posted the November 14, 2020, Saturday Education Map that determines which counties will hold in-person and blended instruction and directs the level of extracurricular activities permitted.... more

WVHCA issues statement regarding bi-weekly testing of nursing home staff

West Virginia Health Care Association CEO Martin J. Wright has issued the following statement regarding bi-weekly testing of nursing home staff:... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 update - Nov. 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 13, 2020, there have been 898,730 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 31,639 total cases and 565 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports 61 active cases

As of Friday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed a total of 348 positive cases of COVID-19 to date, with eight probable cases (348/8) for a total of 356, and 61 cases are currently active. ... more

Upshur Schools clarify latest Exec. Order

Governor Jim Justice issued an Executive Order for the following, beginning Friday at midnight: Face coverings, WVSSAC Winter Sports, Remote Learning.... more

Medical Cannabis processors announced

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) announced Friday the successful applicants for medical cannabis processor permits. ... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 update - Nov. 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 11, 2020, there have been 871,867 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 30,201 total cases and 553 deaths.... more

US allows first emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug

U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental approach against the virus that has killed more than 238,000 Americans. ... more

How should I clean and store my face mask?

Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... more

Do masks with antiviral coating offer more protection?

It’s an intriguing idea, but there haven’t been enough rigorous independent studies to establish whether antiviral masks are better at protecting wearers or preventing the spread of the virus. ... more

New Life Retreat offers drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education

More than 130 million people and two-thirds of adults in the United States regularly use prescription drugs. ... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of November 9, 2020, there have been 854,290 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 28,805 total cases and 530 deaths.... more

WVDE releases Nov. 7 Saturday Education Map

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has posted the November 7, 2020, Saturday Education Map that determines which counties will hold in-person and blended instruction and directs the level of extracurricular activities permitted. ... more

Upshur Schools resume in-person learning

The state education map released Saturday designates Upshur County Schools current status as yellow for the week.... more

Free informational webinar set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday

Since the coronavirus began to spread in March, West Virginians have been inundated by an influx of information — and disinformation — about COVID-19 and potential treatments on the horizon. ... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 6, 2020, there have been 824,644 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 27,087 total cases and 487 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports 44 active cases

As of Friday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed a total of 293 cases of COVID-19 to date, with six probable cases (293/6) and 44 cases are currently active. Upshur County has had four deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 251 cases have reportedly now recovered, including six probable cases.... more

Upshur Schools to remain on blended model through end of 2020 

Upshur County Schools will remain on a blended operational model through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. ... more

Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?

Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?... more

FDA panel reviews first new Alzheimer’s drug in two decades

One of the biggest drug decisions in decades is looming as U.S. regulators consider whether to approve the first medicine that’s claimed to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 4, 2020, there have been 803,971 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 25,987 total cases and 472 deaths.... more

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside? Not really........ more

WVWC confirms second positive COVID-19 case on campus this week

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

Walgreens offers COVID-19 testing

Walgreens in Buckhannon is now offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing. ... more

New Life Retreat offers drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education

More than 130 million people, and over two-thirds of adults in the United States regularly use prescription drugs. ... more

West Virginia Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths trending higher during the pandemic; families’ pain heightened

Tillie Day’s beautiful brown eyes looked blank into the glass window.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $1.2 M for Maternal and Child Health Services

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Monday announced $1,221,801 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to support maternal and child health services in West Virginia. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Nov. 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 2, 2020, there have been 792,475 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 25,235 total cases and 458 deaths.... more

Free COVID-19 testing locations

Click for more information about this week's testing locations.... more

Upshur Schools remain remote through Nov. 6

Upshur County Schools will continue to provide fully remote instruction through November 6, 2020.... more

More US patients to have easy, free access to doctor’s notes

More U.S. patients will soon have free, electronic access to the notes their doctors write about them under a new federal requirement for transparency.... more

State plan for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families available for public comment 

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Division of Family Assistance will accept comments on the design of the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and services provided from October 26 through December 10, 2020. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 30, 2020, there have been 767,500 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 23,990 total cases and 451 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports Upshur is back to “Orange”

As of Friday, October 30 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has returned to “Orange” status and confirmed a total of 268 cases of COVID-19 to date, with six probable cases (268/6) and 42 cases are currently active. Upshur County has had four deaths attributed to COVID-19 and 228 cases have reportedly now recovered, including one probable case.... more

Quarantined patients can still vote

If you want to vote while in quarantine, you need to call the Upshur County Clerk’s Office at (304) 472-1068 and you will still be able to vote.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $8.2M for opioid addiction relief across West Virginia

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $8,263,790 from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat opioid addiction and substance abuse in West Virginia. ... more

WVDHHR COVID-19 update - Oct. 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 28, 2020, there have been 747,304 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 23,064 total cases and 436 deaths.... more

Upshur Schools plan for return on Nov. 5

Upshur County Schools continues to work closely with the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department and other local officials regarding the COVID-19 cases, recently, focusing on the outbreak within the Transportation Department.... more

Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine

Medicare will cover the yet-to-be approved coronavirus vaccine free for older people under a policy change expected to be announced shortly, a senior Trump administration official said Tuesday.... more

As COVID-19 fight continues, W.Va. Corrections holding its own

More than seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia has had among the nation’s fewest prison inmate cases. But with warnings of a coming wave and widespread “COVID fatigue,” the state is resolved to keep up its guard.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update - Oct. 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 26, 2020, there have been 734,967 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 22,223 total cases and 424 deaths.... more

Do I need to wear a mask if I'm 6 feet away from others?

Do I need to wear a mask if I’m 6 feet away from others? Health experts recommend wearing masks in public and keeping your distance from others in most cases, but whether you should do both could depend on the situation. ... more

Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results.... more

Capito, Reed introduce legislation to provide seniors with free COVID-19 vaccine

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) recently introduced the Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Seniors Act to ensure that all senior citizens enrolled in Medicare can access free COVID-19 vaccines as soon as a safe, effective vaccine becomes available.... more

U-BHD reports continued decline of active cases

As of Friday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed a total of 234 cases of COVID-19 to date, including four probable cases (234/4) with 46 cases currently active. Upshur County has had two deaths and 190 cases have reportedly now recovered.... more

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

U.S. health officials Wednesday redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer but repeated encounters.... more

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals across the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small — from Idaho to Ohio — in recent days.... more

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

U.K. researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19, becoming the first to announce plans to use the controversial technique to study the disease and potentially speed up development of a vaccine that could help end the pandemic.... more

U.S. Attorney promotes 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell wants to ensure that everyone knows how to rid their homes of unused and unwanted medications.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 21, 2020, there have been 695,527 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 20,734 total cases and 413 deaths.... more

U-BHD confirms 55 active cases

As of Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed 225 cases of COVID-19 to date, including three probable cases (225/3) with 55 cases currently active. Upshur County has had one death and 172 cases have reportedly now recovered.... more

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

U.K. researchers are preparing to infect healthy young volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19, becoming the first to announce plans to use the controversial technique to study the disease and potentially speed up development of a vaccine that could help end the pandemic.... more

$25 Million available to assist residents with COVID related utility bill delinquencies

Governor Jim Justice announced Wednesday that $25 million of the CARES Act Relief Fund has been allocated to assist qualifying West Virginians who, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are struggling to pay their utility bills. ... more

Medical Cannabis Seed to Sale vendor selected

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Medical Cannabis (OMC) on Wednesday announced Metrc as the new state Seed to Sale system provider.... more

Spikes in COVID-19 cases mean extra precautions for Alzheimer’s caregivers planning Thanksgiving celebrations

Thanksgiving is a holiday that embraces giving thanks for one’s family, but this year because of COVID-19, there may not be any embraces or extended family present.... more

U-BHD confirms 59 active cases

As of Monday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m., the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed 223 cases of COVID-19 to date, including three probable cases (223/3) with 59 cases currently active. Upshur County has had no deaths and 167 cases have reportedly now recovered.... more

Narconon reports increase in relapse; offers free help

Recently, there has been an increase in relapses amongst those in recovery. A large contributing factor has been isolation caused by the recent outbreak of COVID-19. ... more

U.S. Attorneys Bill Powell and Mike Stuart announce $8.9M in Justice Department grants to combat addiction crisis

U.S. Attorneys Bill Powell and Mike Stuart today announced awards of $8,902,765 in Department of Justice grants to fight drug abuse and addiction in the [name of district].... more

Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting COVID-19?

The flu vaccine protects you from seasonal influenza, not the coronavirus — but avoiding the flu is especially important this year.... more

Capito, Manchin announce COVID-19 testing funding for West Virginia Nursing Homes

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday $1,220,550 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.... more

‘Generous Idiot’ encourages organ donation registration on hunting, fishing license applications

In observance of National Hunting and Fishing Month, Donate Life West Virginia is launching a statewide ad campaign to encourage organ and tissue donation registration via hunting and fishing license applications. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 16, 2020, there have been 666,717 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 19,580 total cases and 396 deaths.... more

U-BHD confirms 83 active cases

As of Friday, October 16 at noon, the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported that the county has confirmed 209 cases of COVID-19 to date, including three probable cases (209/3) with 83 cases currently active. Upshur County has had no deaths and 129 cases have recovered, including one probable case. ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 14, 2020, there have been 648,771 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 18,818 total cases and 391 deaths.... more

U-B Health Dept. reports 93 active cases

Upshur County currently has 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three probable cases (197/3), with 93 cases are currently active. ... more

How long can I expect a COVID-19 illness to last?

It depends.... more

WVU partners with the CDC to conduct mask observation study, reports encouraging baseline results

The rate of COVID-19 positivity among young adults has been higher than other age groups during July and August. ... more

Danes start culling 2.5 million minks after virus hits farms

Danish veterinarians and farmers have begun culling at least 2.5 million minks in northern Denmark, authorities said Monday, after coronavirus has been reported in at least 63 farms.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 12

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 12, 2020, there have been 638,821 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 18,281 total cases and 385 deaths.... more

Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it?

Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it? You have some immunity, but how much and for how long are big unanswered questions.... more

Teachers union seeks to toss school virus map

A West Virginia teachers union on Monday filed a legal challenge to the state’s color-coded map that determines whether counties can hold in-person public school classes and athletic competitions during the coronavirus pandemic.... more

National survey by Erie Insurance reveals top reasons people do and don’t get life insurance

Life insurance can pay for final expenses and provide financial security for loved ones left behind, but a new national survey from Erie Insurance shows many people are confused about it.... more

Flu vaccination: Another important step to keep schools safe

With the likelihood that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will coincide with flu season, the West Virginia Immunization Network (WIN) is encouraging students, parents, and staff to prevent the spread of influenza (flu) in our schools and communities.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – Oct. 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., October 2, 2020, there have been 576,026 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 16,307 total cases and 355 deaths.... more

Mild to severe: Immune system holds clues to virus reaction

One of COVID-19’s scariest mysteries is why some people are mildly ill or have no symptoms and others rapidly die — and scientists are starting to unravel why.... 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 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 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

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

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

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 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