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WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 17

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

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

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

West Virginia WIC to provide temporary benefits increase

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

West Virginia to end participation in federal supplemental unemployment benefit program

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

Online ordering now available at Giant Eagle for SNAP recipients

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 14

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

A woman in a nurse’s uniform...

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

Poll: Most in US who remain unvaccinated need convincing

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

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

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

When will COVID-19 vaccines be widely available globally?

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 12

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

U-BHD Update - May 12

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

Upshur Co. Schools confirm positive case at UES

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

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

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

WVU pediatrician urges youth to get vaccinated

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 10

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

U-BHD Update

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

WVWC Summer 2021 COVID-19 Policies

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

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

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

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Davis Health System celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month

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

DBSA offers free services

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

U-BHD Update - May 17

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 7

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

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

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

Safely using hand sanitizer

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

Can COVID-19 vaccines affect my period?

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 5

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

CVS announces walk-in COVID-19 appointments

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

P-EBT extended for children 6 and under

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 3

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Patient Registration for Medical Cannabis Cards open to eligible West Virginians

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capito, colleagues introduce bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 28

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

CDC says many Americans can now go outside without a mask

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

Community Vaccination Clinic set for Friday

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

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

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

Specialized care for women who wish to breastfeed available at DMC

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

Legionella detected at Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 26

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Medical cannabis bills die with 2021 session

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 23

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

U-BHD confirms California Variant in Upshur Co.

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

How long does protection from COVID-19 vaccines last?

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

COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 21

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

Oxygen supply disruption kills 22 COVID-19 patients in India

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

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

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

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

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

Free Stress Management Support Group for College Students available

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

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

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

DBSA offers free services

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 19

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

U-BHD Update

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

Community Vaccine Clinic set for Wednesday

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

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

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

SBA announces RRF Application & Guidelines

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

West Virginia DHHR announces Healthy People Healthy Places 2021 Awards

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 16

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

WVWC COVID-19 update – April 16

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

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

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

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

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

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

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

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

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

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

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

U-BHD Update

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

WVWC confirms one new positive COVID-19 case on Campus

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

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

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

New technology could mean hope of recovery for stroke patients

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

CORE Event Planned for Mon Health Hospitals

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 12

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 9

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

Are some COVID-19 vaccines more effective than others?

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

Bipartisan bill expanding access to postnatal care passes WV Legislature


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

SBA opens applications for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

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

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

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

Lifestyle Program now recruiting participants

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 7

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

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

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

DHHR receives federal approval for SNAP Emergency Supplemental Allotments

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – April 5

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

U-BHD Update

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

Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – April 2

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

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

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

WHO team urges patience after first look for origin of virus

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

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

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

Substantial changes to ACA Health Insurance take effect April 1

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

Attorney General Morrisey fights unlawful sales of fake vaccination cards

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

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

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

WorkForce warns of new texting and fraudulent website scam

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USDA entitlement requirements waived to increase Summer Feeding Programs

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

WV WIC awarded grant from Council of State Governments

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 29

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Statement from Commissioner of Social Security about Economic Impact Payments

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

Mon Health offers COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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

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

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

Mountaineer Rental Assistance Program now accepting applications

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

COVID-19 patients provided communication with special gif

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Davis Medical Center to highlight the importance of Organ Donation

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 24

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

WVWC confirms 25 active cases of COVID-19 on Campus

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

Help stop the spread of coronavirus and protect your family

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

Overdose deaths soar in West Virginia amid pandemic

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

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

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

California groups track face masks, gloves bound for ocean

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 22

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Free local vaccines available to anyone age 16 and older

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

WV Senior Legal Aid offers stimulus payment information

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

Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance available today; Closes April 30

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

Medical Cannabis Testing Laboratory announced

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 17

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

Local COVID-19 Vaccination Information

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

Know your treatment options for COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 15

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

Mon Health Plans Day of Remembrance on March 18

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

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

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

IRS begins delivering third round of Economic Impact Payments to Americans

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 12

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

Will the coronavirus ever go away?

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

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

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

Pulmonary Rehab Week to be celebrated March 14-20

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 10

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

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

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

Investigating youth suicides among children involved with the welfare system 

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

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – March 8

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

Legislation introduced to help stem Opioid Epidemic

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

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 5

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

Governor Justice, Veto Bad Public Health Legislation

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

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

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

Gov. Justice lifts more restrictions

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – March 3

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

WVDA encourages Farmers to apply for PPP Loans

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

WV WIC celebrates National Nutrition Month

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

Most small businesses don’t require virus tests

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

New window opens for Health Insurance enrollment

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Mar. 1

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

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

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

How would COVID-19 vaccine makers adapt to variants?

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

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.
... more

W.Va. Senate Committee rolls back local authority over public health

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 22

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

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

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

WVU confirms presence of COVID-19 variant in community

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

Pulmonary Rehab can help recovering COVID patients

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

New window opens for Health Insurance enrollment

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

Mon Health reminds that February is Heart Month

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 19

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

U-BHD Update

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

What are the different medical terms for a heart attack?

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

Stonerise announces new guidelines for in-person visits

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

West Virginia WIC continues remote services for families

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update – Feb. 17

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

U-BHD Update

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

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

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

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

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

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