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WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 27

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – May 26

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

Testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations announced

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

Gov. Justice expands Huttonsville testing to all inmates

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

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

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

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

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

Attorney General Morrisey urges passage of legislation to safeguard first responders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vaccination coverage for temporarily uninsured children

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

FDA provides updates on COVID-19 response

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

Attorney General Morrisey urges passage of legislation to safeguard first responders

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

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

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

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

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

Online ordering now available at Walmart and Amazon for EBT cardholders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PSC addresses extraordinary utilities’ costs during COVID-19 pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for May 15, 2020

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

Stonerise Healthcare sets industry safety standard with Safe Harbors

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

Testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations

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

Capito, Manchin announce funding for Family Violence Prevention Services in West Virginia

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $270,038 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family Violence Prevention and Services formula grants program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). ... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDA updates on response efforts

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

Capito, Manchin announce more than $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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attorney General Morrisey joins multistate effort to hold China accountable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WVHA Statement of Testing Assisted Living

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guidance for West Virginia Small Businesses

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

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

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

Guidance for Religious Entities and Funeral Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications for 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits available May 6

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

DHHR announces increase in WV Medicaid reimbursement for Nursing Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US allows use of first drug shown to help virus recovery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alderson Broaddus University offers prorated credits and refunds to students

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 daily numbers explained

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

 

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

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

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

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

Capito urges EIDL improvement for West Virginia Small Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

Attorney General Morrisey promotes safe giving amid COVID pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PPE is great when used correctly

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

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

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

Davis Health System approved to resume some procedures

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

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

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

Reminder: Safe Use of Bleach and Disinfectants

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

Capito, Manchin urge VA to cover Mobile Testing Sites

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

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

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

Capito statement on potential prisoner transfer to West Virginia prisons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quarantined correctional officer tests positive for COVID-19

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

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

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

DHHR to offer special assistance payment due to COVID-19

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

DHHR confirms case of COVID-19 at Sharpe Hospital

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

Davis Health System to expand COVID-19 testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stonerise Healthcare begins statewide testing of patients and employees

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

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

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

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

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

DHHR orders additional data reporting and publishing guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FDA authorizes first test for patient at-home sample collection

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

CCWV offers Mail Prescriptions and Telemedicine Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attorney General Morrisey warns of CARES Act stimulus check scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DHHR to implement Executive Order regarding testing in Nursing Homes

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

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

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

Innovating how we stay connected

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

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

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

WV DHHR reports positive cases top 900

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

Upshur’s fourth case of COVID-19 confirmed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stonerise Healthcare issues statement on COVID-19 testing

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

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

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

DHHR orders immediate electronic filing of COVID-19 test results

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

DHHR issues social distancing guidelines for WV Retailers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congressman Alex X. Mooney holds call with West Virginia Chamber

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

Attorney General Morrisey ensures continuity of Second Amendment rights during pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

West Virginia Small Business Training Opportunities

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

Warner announces new Continuity of Operations Plan for WV Election

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

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

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

Unclaimed property may offer financial relief to struggling residents

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

Paycheck Protection Program

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

How you can make a difference during the coronavirus pandemic

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

FDA issues second Emergency Use Authorization to decontaminate N95 respirators

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

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

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

WV COVID-19 cases surpass 700

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contingency plans explored for potential COVID-19 surge

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

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

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

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

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

West Virginia’s fifth death from COVID-19 confirmed

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

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

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

WorkForce West Virginia now processing CARES Act emergency unemployment benefits

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

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

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

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

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

Patient testing complete at Eastbrook Center

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

Upshur County confirms third case of COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

West Virginia 911 Centers adopt screening to protect First Responders

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

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

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

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

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

We’re Americans. We’ll beat this.

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

PSC adjusts filing procedures during COVID-19 pandemic

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

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

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

FDA Daily Roundup April 7

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

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

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

Upshur confirms second case of COVID-19

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for April 8

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

World Health Day observed

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 April 7 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First COVID-19 death of Harrison County resident announced

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

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

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

Attorney General Morrisey continues investigation: Reveals concerns about WARN Act

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

By the numbers: A massive nationwide response

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for April 7

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

Cleaning And Disinfecting Your Home

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

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

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

Small Businesses encouraged to approach lenders now for Paycheck Protection Program

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

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

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

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

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

Lawsuit targets public safety, health amid COVID-19 response

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

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

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

Gov. Justice directs additional resources to WorkForce WV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 Update for April 6

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

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

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

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

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

WVDHHR COVID-19 April 4 Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 update for April 3

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

Trump administration moving swiftly to address ventilator shortages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, what is Telehealth anyway?

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 April 2 Update

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

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

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

Second death from COVID-19 confirmed in Jackson County

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

Dominion Energy asks neighbors to help keep communities safe

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

Public Notice: New dates for 2020 Primary Election published

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor suspends medical procedures due to pandemic

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 April 1 Update

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

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

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

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

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

USDA extends ReConnect application deadline to April 15

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

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

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

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

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

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

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

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

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

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

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

GOP lawmakers encourage local broadcast outlets to air Easter services

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

Federal and State Officials launch West Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 March 31 Update

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

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

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

SBA programs offer assistance

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

FDA issues Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 treatments

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

Delivering immediate COVID-19 relief for West Virginians

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

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

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

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

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

USNS Comfort arrives in NYC

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

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

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

West Virginia’s first death from COVID-19 confirmed

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

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

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

Most counties transition to long-term feeding plans for students

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

Manchin encourages West Virginians to utilize WV 211 Program

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

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

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

WV DHHR COVID-19 March 29 Update

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

Journalism matters now more than ever!

In a crisis, journalism matters more than ever.... more

Masks making movement underway

Tom Thacker, Owner of Endo Solutions, and Misty Post wanted to join the growing movement of mask making that has surged across the country in response to fighting COVID-19.... more

West Virginia Day of Prayer observed on Wednesday

Governor Jim Justice proclaimed March 25, 2020 a state-wide Day of Prayer and live streamed a virtual service on YouTube at noon on Wednesday. ... more

Governor Justice extends school closures to April 20

Governor Jim Justice ordered that West Virginia schools will remain closed until at least April 20 during his daily press briefing Wednesday afternoon via YouTube.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 Daily Update for March 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 19 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state, making the total positive case count at 39.... more

Gov. Justice, religious leaders to hold virtual statewide Day of Prayer service Wednesday at noon

Governor Jim Justice and religious leaders from across West Virginia will conduct a live, statewide Day of Prayer service tomorrow, March 25, 2020, at noon, to provide West Virginians an opportunity to come together in prayer during the ongoing “Stay At Home” order, put into effect Monday in efforts to help contain the spread of COVID-19.... more

Supporting and feeding children remains priority amid COVID-19 outbreak

As of Monday, the majority of West Virginia counties and school staff are continuing to provide meals for children according to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).... more

West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office encourages use of online services

With the most recent federal and state guidance to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office is encouraging people to use online resources or call for help with services over the next few weeks.... more

WV Associations request U.S. Congress and WV Governor inclusion of Nonprofits

This week, West Virginia’s three leadership associations representing philanthropy and nonprofits requested that West Virginia’s Governor and the U.S. Congressional Delegation make sure to include nonprofits in all federal and state economic hardship and stimulus support in response to the pandemic and economic downturn.... more

USDA Rural Development now in enterprise-wide remote operational status

Remote status protects the health of employees, customers and the greater community... more

Upshur agencies cooperate on COVID-19 response

Public health and medical providers continue to stress the importance of good hand hygiene with soap and water for 20 seconds, or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60 percent alcohol. St. Joseph’s Hospital’s provider clinics remain open, and the emergency department is operating and seeing patients as usual. St. Joseph’s has set-up a triage tent outside of the hospital to screen patients upon entry. The Triage Nurse’s Line at (304) 473-2161 is active from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for community questions.... more

Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order Q&A

Questions answered by the Governor... more

Social Security will only offer phone services

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. ... more

DHHR’s Vital Registration Office to close to the public

Online Services and Mail Options Available... more

Attorney General Morrisey decries alleged theft, hoarding of critical medical equipment

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey strongly urged West Virginians to refrain from stealing or hoarding masks and other personal protective equipment that are crucial needs within area hospitals.... more

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin provides updated COVID-19 WV Testing/Collection locations

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): What West Virginians Need to Know... more

Capito Hears from West Virginia Health Care Professionals, Hospitals on Coronavirus Concerns

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) to provide an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and hear directly from health care professionals about their needs to tackle this pandemic.... more

Capito Hears Concerns from West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce on a teleconference call to provide an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.... more

Attorney General Morrisey Urges Consumers to Not Hoard Potential Coronavirus Drug

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, in consultation with the state’s Board of Pharmacy, urges individuals to not hoard prescription drugs that may prove helpful in the fight against coronavirus.... more

Capito Provides Coronavirus Update, Hears Concerns from State Hospitality and Travel Industry Leaders

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today spoke with members of the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (WVHTA) on a teleconference call to provide an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.... more

Helpful Information from the CDC on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.... more

Capito Statement on Failed Cloture Vote on Motion to Proceed to Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) tonight released the below statement following her vote to move forward with the consideration of the third coronavirus relief package... more

MANCHIN CALLS ON WEST VIRGINIANS TO ADHERE TO FEDERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Washington, D.C. – Today, after speaking with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to discuss the situation in West Virginia, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is sharing clear and specific social distancing and safety recommendations every West Virginian should be implementing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.... more

Attorney General Morrisey Provides Important Consumer Advice Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called upon consumers to be smart and vigilant as they conduct business during the global coronavirus pandemic.... more

Judicial Employee Hospitalized with COVID-19

he Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has been informed by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department that an employee of the judicial branch who works in Kanawha County has tested positive for COVID-19.... more

March 21, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

he West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed four new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state, making the total positive case count at twelve.... more

MANCHIN: WE MUST SUPPORT THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES WITH MEDICAL SUPPLIES

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is calling for West Virginians to support our medical professionals by making medical supplies they need desperately during the coronavirus outbreak. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey Lends Support to Ease Regulatory Burden in COVID-19 Response

Attorney General Takes Action Against Price Gouging, Warns Against Rx Hoarding ... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice orders more closures; calls for increased blood donations

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

BPD closes Administrative Office

As a preventive action the Buckhannon Police Department Administrative Office will be closed due to COVID-19.... more

Local Funeral Homes announce changes in services

In response to the COVID-19 virus, the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home and Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel families have worked together closely over the past several days to formulate a united plan to proceed with funeral services entrusted to our direction.... more

Buckhannon implements emergency measures

Due to the declared state and federal emergency, Buckhannon’s City Council held an emergency meeting at 7 p.m. on March 19 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

State confirms eight positives of COVID-19; shuts down more services

Governor Jim Justice has continued to provide daily updates to the people of West Virginia, but said he will not hold press conferences over the weekend unless more restrictions become necessary.... more

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Def erring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak... more

TESTING / COLLECTION LOCATIONS

Where can I get a test? Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; there may be more testing sites out there that are added daily.... more

W.Va. Hospital Association issues statement on hospital capacity in state

West Virginia hospitals have emergency response plans that include surge capacity procedures to address an influx of patients. ... more

Davis begins pre-screening drive-thru process for COVID-19

Davis Medical Center has implemented a drive-thru pre-screening process for coronavirus on their campus in Elkins.... more

Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it will affect WV businesses

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week and both of West Virginia’s senators, Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, voted to pass the bill.... more

WV closes regional DMV offices

Online services, mail-in options available; 90-day extension on licenses, registrations... more

Mon Health System hospitals and facilities suspending all non-essential treatments

Mon Health System Hospitals and facilities, including Grafton City Hospital, has suspended all non-essential treatments in order to safeguard its patients and staff and support a community response to the coronavirus outbreak.... more

West Virginia’s 1-800-GAMBLER program responds to Casino closures

West Virginia’s gambling addiction treatment group, 1-800-GAMBLER, wants to let residents know that they are still offering help during the COVID-19 crisis.... more

Capito launches website to help West Virginians during Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) launched a new page on her website Thursday to help bring current and accurate information to West Virginians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.... more

Secretary Warner encourages West Virginians to Vote Early and Absentee in the May 12 Primary Election

n response to the declaration of a State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State Mac Warner encourages West Virginians to take advantage of absentee by mail and early voting options ahead of the May 12 Primary Election. ... more

SBA Disaster Assistance available to Mountain State Small Businesses For entities economically impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest federal disaster working capital loans to West Virginia small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).... more

WorkForce West Virginia helping unemployed file for benefits

Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order on Thursday, directing WorkForce West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Commerce to provide unemployment benefits to those affected by COVID-19 and administer them to the maximum extent permitted by federal law.... more

Mayor’s Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

I again want to reassure the citizens of our B-U community that our City is working closely with county and state health department officials regarding the threat posed by the corona virus.... more

Gov. Justice secures protective equipment and orders closure of hair and nail salons

Governor Justice just announced in a press briefing today that the state has purchased protective face masks for law enforcement, first responders and correctional staff. He has also secured protective suits for medical staff.... more

79th Strawberry Festival postponed

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival Board met Tuesday evening, and following the CDC recommendation that no more than 50 people gather for the next eight weeks, they decided to postpone the festival until May 2021.... more

First COVID-19 case confirmed in WV

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has been holding live press conferences daily via YouTube to address the state’s citizens with the most up to date COVID-19 information.... more

Regional efforts underway to combat COVID-19 virus

Hospitals and health clinics throughout the region are working diligently to combat the coronavirus, by changing regulations, hosting drive-thru test clinics and operating triage phone lines.... more

Freedom Bank makes changes for operation

We have made changes to our hours here at Freedom Bank.... more

Suddenlink is offering FREE internet access for students impacted by COVID-19/Coronavirus

Suddenlink is offering Altice Advantage Internet free for 60 days, where available, to any household in our service area that has a student from K-12 and/or college.... more

W.Va. Tax Office suspends ‘walk-in’ service

The West Virginia State Tax Department — effective immediately — will not receive walk-in customers for assistance at its regional offices in Beckley, Charleston, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, and Wheeling, West Virginia, due to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).... more

WVU expert notes some populations at higher risk during COVID-19 pandemic

Michael Zakour, professor of social work at West Virginia University, lived through Hurricane Katrina and studied the vulnerability and resiliency of the community following the disaster.... more

The Coronavirus: A Guide to Combating the Disease in West Virginia

It is essential that our friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors use some simple techniques to combat the Coronavirus and to prevent it from spreading.... more

City to provide temporary 10-Minute Parking Spaces for Take-Out Customers to assist Main Street Restaurants during COVID-19

These Take-Out Parking Spaces will allow for better access to the restaurant for carryout meals and curbside pickup.... more

Stage Stores Announces Adjusted Store Hours

This includes Gordmans of Buckhannon!... more

Capito Votes to Pass Additional Coronavirus Economic Relief Funding Package

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today voted to pass a second emergency supplemental funding package to provide economic relief to individuals, small businesses, and families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.... more

Charles W. Gibson Library Temporarily Closes

It is with heavy heart that the director and Board of Trustees have decided to temporarily close the Charles W. Gibson Library. ... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Executive Order limiting restaurants and bars, closing casinos statewide

Gov. Jim Justice issued an Executive Order today, which is now in effect, formally directing all restaurants and bars in West Virginia to limit service to carry out, drive-thru, and delivery operations only. The Executive Order also mandates the closure of all casinos in West Virginia.... more

RULE PROHIBITING SALE OF BEER AND WINE TO-GO SUSPENDED

As of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the sale of sealed bottles of wine and unopened beer products to customers who have purchased food is legal. ... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice announces closure of gyms and recreation facilities

CLOSURE OF GYMS, REC FACILITIES, AND MORE... more

Upshur County Commission provides an update on county operations

On behalf of the Upshur County Commission, I would like to provide residents with an update on county operations as they relate to COVID-19. ... more

COVID-19 Daily Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed the second case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state. Both positive cases are travel related.... more

U.S. Sen. Manchin speaks in support Americans at risk during the coronavirus outbreak

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today spoke on the Senate Floor on the need to support Americans at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.... more

Community Care of West Virginia launches Telehealth Service in response to COVID-19

Local health care provider Community Care of West Virginia has launched telehealth care services in an effort to expand availability of quality health care and to limit exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Attorney General Morrisey opinion approves broad absentee voting amid coronavirus pandemic

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued an opinion Wednesday stating the Governor’s state of emergency declaration gives the Secretary of State authority to allow voters broad access to absentee voting for the upcoming primary election.... more

Opportunity House offers online support

The Opportunity House has creatively organized an online delivery method to ensure those in recovery can continue to receive support during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

Warner announces changes to WVSOS Business Services to protect the public and employees during Coronavirus Precautionary Period

With recent information released by state and federal authorities regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that his Office will encourage business and licensing customers to use the Office’s online services, in lieu of in-person filings, to protect the public and state employees.... more

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you

What is coronavirus disease 2019?... more

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps on the link provided to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.... more

From The Record Delta Publisher in response to the Coronavirus

In the midst of these unprecedented times, you can access our dedicated coronavirus page on our website at https://www.therecorddelta.com/health-updates.... more

West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services provides update on COVID-19 response

The Office of Gov. Jim Justice issues the following press release on behalf of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services:... more

Coronavirus Update: U.S. Sen. Manchin blasts shortage of test kits, calls for speedy passage of House Coronavirus bill

The fact that no West Virginians were among the nearly 3,500 people confirmed to have coronavirus in the U.S. as of Monday afternoon does not mean state residents can let down their guard in taking measures to prevent the spread of the virus, according to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.... more

Capito Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Declare Coronavirus Pandemic a National Emergency

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the below statement following President Donald Trump’s announcement Monday declaring a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.... more

Free webinar assists non-profits on ‘What you need to know about postponing and cancelling events’ during Coronavirus crisis

CharityHowTo has scheduled a free webinar: Coronavirus and What You Need to Know About Postponing and Cancelling Events... more

Upshur County Senior Center Update

Due to new information and recommendations from the CDC, the Upshur County Senior Center has adapted its current plan for providing essential services in a safe, positive way for our clients.... more

SBA updates criteria for requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tuesday, as part of the Trump Administration’s aggressive, whole-of-government efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza issued revised criteria for states or territories seeking an economic injury declaration related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).... more

WV DHHR daily update on COVID-19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in West Virginia.... more

VIPS statement on COVID-19

The Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS) organization is ready to assist wherever and however we are needed during this situation, as directed by the Chief of Police and the Office of Emergency Management.... more

County Business

Take care of county business online!... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital sets up Nurse Triage Phone Line to serve patients

St. Joseph’s Hospital announced that they have set up a Nurse Triage Phone Line to serve patients who have questions about illnesses, respiratory symptoms or are concerned about infection from the Coronavirus.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital revises patient and visitation policy to protect patients and the community

St. Joseph’s Hospital has revised its policy for patients and visitors in order to protect patients and the community.... more

CITY OF BUCKHANNON -MAYOR'S STATEMENT-CORONA COVID-19 VIRUS

I want to reassure the citizens of our B-U community that our City is working closely with county health department officials regarding the threat posed by the corona virus.... more

Supreme Court issues order suspending court proceedings throughout W.Va. due to Coronavirus

On Monday, Chief Justice Tim Armstead and the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia directed state courts to suspend all but emergency proceedings through April 10 due to public safety concerns about coronavirus (COVID- 19).... more

City asks residents, businesses, to utilize remote payment options, encourages social distancing

The City of Buckhannon asks residents and businesses to utilize our various remote payment options as a COVID-19 preparedness action.... more

WV DHHR daily update on COVID-19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in West Virginia.... more

Chamber of Commerce office to remain open

The Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street will remain open at this time. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey provides important consumer advice amid coronavirus pandemic

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called upon consumers to be smart and vigilant as they conduct business during the global coronavirus pandemic.... more

To our valued Upshur County restaurants, retail stores and businesses open to the general public:

During this time of precautions and unprecedented changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Record Delta offers our support to you.... more

Wesleyan closes campus for COVID-19

West Virginia Wesleyan College informed students, faculty and staff on Thursday morning that the campus decided to transition to online course instruction, beginning Wednesday, March 18, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

WV schools close as the state prepares for Coronavirus pandemic

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced in a press conference Friday morning, the decision to close all schools statewide “until further notice” in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.... more