Health Updates
 

April 3, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today 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

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

CHARLESTON, WV – 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 measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

April 2, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today 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

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

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston yesterday for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many measures... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice orders halt to elective medical procedures, closes private campgrounds to out-of-state visitors

CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders and officials from his administration at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today 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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice signs Executive Order suspending some statutory regulations at the request of the Boards of Nursing, Medicine

CHARLESTON, WV – Today, 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

Warner Issues Emergency Rule Establishing Electronic Notarization Processes in Lieu of In-Person Notary Requirements

Charleston, W. Va. - Secretary of State Mac Warner announced today 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

Federal and State Officials Launch West Virginia Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

CHARLESTON — 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

April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today 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. ... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice issues Executive Order requiring out-of-state citizens to self-quarantine for 14 days, closes state park campgrounds

CHARLESTON, WV – 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 measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

March 30, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 21 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count 145. ... more

WVDA Aiding Farmers Impacted COVID-19

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is working with local producers and farmers impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts by facilitating communication between producers and potential buyers. Business development and marketing staff have received calls from multiple producers are who experiencing a surplus of food or other burdens due to the pandemic.To assist these affected businesses, the Department will provide an on-going directory to those who are interested in being connected with a local, West Virginia farmer and their availability of food.... more

Manchin statement on first confirmed coronavirus related death in West Virginia

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement after West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed the first coronavirus related death in West Virginia.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor and First Lady Justice issue statement after learning of first West Virginian to pass away from COVID-19

CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued the following statement today after learning of the first West Virginian to pass away from COVID-19.... more

March 29, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today 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. ... more

West Virginia’s First Death from COVID-19 Confirmed

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Through the Marion County Health Department and United HosptialCenter, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed an 88-year old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19. ... more

Attorney General Morrisey Urges Consumers to Not Hoard Potential Coronavirus Drug

CHARLESTON — 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

Manchin encourages West Virginians to utilize WV 211 Program

Charleston, WV – Today, 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. 2-1-1 connects callers with health and human services resources through trained certified specialists. Anyone can call 2-1-1 to learn about specific programs, intake requirements, eligibility, operation hours and more.... more

Gov. Justice, Dr. Marsh discuss COVID-19 response and plans with governors of Ohio, Pennsylvani

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia COVID-19 Czar Dr. Clay Marsh today joined Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, along with their state health experts, on a call to discuss COVID-19 response plans and to reinforce lines of communication between the states.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice says access to medical supplies for front line workers is improving, tells citizens to keep practicing social distancing

CHARLESTON, WV – 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 measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

First confirmed COVID-19 case in county documented through mobile testing

TAYLOR COUNTY—As county officials continue to keep a close eye on the Coronavirus situation and work to help mitigate the threat, Taylor County has officially seen a case of the virus.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice urges West Virginians to “stay the course, stay strong” in face of pandemic; appoints Dr. Clay Marsh as COVID-19 Czar

CHARLESTON, WV – 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 measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 27 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been officially reported to the state, making the total positive case count at 76. New cases were identified in Berkeley, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Monongalia, Raleigh, Upshur and Wood counties.... more

People In West Virginia Warned To Be On Their Guard As Telephone Scammers Set to Cash In On Coronavirus

WEST VIRGINIA—People in West Virginia are being warned to be extra vigilant as scam callers are likely to ramp up their activity over the next few weeks to take advantage of increasing amounts of people being at home due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.... more

Capito Votes to Deliver Needed Relief for West Virginians Impacted by the Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) tonight voted to pass the third coronavirus relief package. Senator Capito released the below statement following her vote:... more

March 25, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed 12 new cases of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported to the state, making the total positive case count at 51. New cases were identified in Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Putnam and Raleigh counties. A new case previously identified as a Hancock county resident is instead a resident of Jefferson County, Ohio.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice extends statewide school closure, requests extension of state income tax filing deadline

CHARLESTON, WV – 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 measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).... more

Govenor Justice extends school closure to April 20

Charleston, W.Va. – Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice announced today that all public and private schools will remain closed with plans to reopen on Monday, April 20, 2020. During this closure period, pre-k-12 public and private school facilities will not provide traditional, in-person instructional opportunities.... more

Mon County COVID-19 totals up to 19; includes 16 Sundale residents

MORGANTOWN, WV— As of Wednesday afternoon, 16 residents and four staff members Sundale Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care in Morgantown have been diagnosed with COVID-19. ... more

 

Warner encourages citizens to complete 2020 U.S. Census forms during "Stay at Home" Declaration

Charleston, W. Va. – Are you looking for something positive to do while the state is under a "Stay at Home" order during the Coronavirus pandemic? West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner suggests citizens use this time to fulfill their civic duty to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. ... more

Protecting Your Wallet in the World of COVID-19

Over the last month, our office has assessed all of its responsibilities so that it can work with consumers and our partners in state government to ensure West Virginia is best prepared to fight the coronavirus.... more

Seven Sundale-related COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed

MORGANTOWN, WV— As of mid-Monday afternoon, seven individuals related to Sundale Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care in Morgantown have been diagnosed with COVID-19. ... more

Officials continue to implement procedures to protect citizens

TAYLOR COUNTY—Each day, the threat of Taylor County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, increases, but officials are working diligently to ensure that proactive attempts of prevention are being made.... more

Governor issues Stay at Home in wake of COVID-19 spread throughout WV

WEST VIRGINIA— On Monday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that the Novel Coronavirus 2019 is now transmitting within the state, leading him to put a “Stay at Home” order in place.... more

YCF establishes Emergency Impact Fund to aid in Coronavirus response

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc. (YCF) Board of Directors has established the “Emergency Impact Fund for North Central West Virginia” to assist nonprofits in addressing the immediate impacts of COVID-19. ... more

March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 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 20. New cases were identified in Kanawha and Monongalia counties.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice issues “Stay At Home” order for all West Virginians

CHARLESTON, WV – To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice issued a “Stay At Home” order today, directing all West Virginia residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.... more

Attorney General Morrisey Urges Consumers to Not Hoard Potential Coronavirus Drug

CHARLESTON — 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

Attorney General Morrisey Provides Important Consumer Advice Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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

March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The 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 16. New cases were identified in Jefferson, Kanawha and Monongalia counties.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice: “I am trying with all in me to allow our state to be successful in defeating this disease”

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice issued the following statement today:... more

Justice closes state lodges in effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19

WEST VIRGINIA—With the fluid situation that is COVID-19, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice continues to update residents and be proactive, in order to combat the spread of this virus. ... more

Schools step up to help feed kids during quarantine

TAYLOR COUNTY— On Friday, March 13, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice ordered a statewide shutdown of all public schools for an undefined amount of time, as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. ... more

County officials take proactive approach to battle COVID-19 outbreak

TAYLOR COUNTY—With confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus disease, COVID-19, in West Virginia and the most recent being in Monongalia County, Taylor County officials are entering a new phase in their response to the outbreak.... more

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

Washington – Following President Donald J. Trump’s emergency declaration pursuant to the Stafford Act, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-emplo... more

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

MORGANTOWN, WV – 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

Monongalia County has its first diagnosed case of COVID-19

MORGANTOWN—Monongalia County has its first diagnosed case of COVID-19, Dr. Lee B. Smith announced Thursday evening.... more

WV DHHR confirms three additional cases of COVID-19

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice issues Executive Order providing unemployment benefits to those affected by coronavirus

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice today issued an Executive Order, directing the West Virginia Department of Commerce and WorkForce West Virginia to provide unemployment benefits to those affected by COVID-19 to the maximum extent permitted under federal law.... more

Taylor County Assessor Christa Kinsey limits office access due to COVID-19

TAYLOR COUNTY—Beginning Friday March 20, 2020 the Taylor County Assessor's Office will not be available for walk-in access until further notice.... more

A notice from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department

TAYLOR COUNTY—In response to the COVID-19 virus, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the following safeguards as of March 23, 2020.... more

WV DMV regional offices to close

CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will close to the public beginning Thursday, March 19. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the most recent guidelines and best practices recommended by both the CDC and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources regarding COVID-19, this action will reduce exposure to both customers and employees.... more

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

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today for a 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

Second confirmed case of COVID-19 found in Mountain State

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – 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

Statement from the West Virginia Hospital Association regarding the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV – Joe Letnaunchyn, President and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA), provides the following statement regarding the State’s first confirmed case of COVID-19: ... more

WV Caring Resale Shops Temporarily Close

Arthurdale, WV—WV Caring wants to protect our customers, community, employees and volunteers as much as possible from the COVID 19.... more

Update from Taylor County Superintendent

We have entered a new phase in our efforts to continue to keep staff, students and families safe... more

Stage Stores Announces Adjusted Store Hours

HOUSTON—The safety and health of our guests, associates and store communities are our top priority.... more

A note from the Publisher in regard to COVID-19

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

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Joe Letnaunchyn, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA), provides the following statement regarding COVID-19 and hospital capacity... more

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and you

A useful tool to help navigate COVID-19... 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

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

CHARLESTON, WV – 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

Attorney General Morrisey Opinion Approves Broad Absentee Voting Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

CHARLESTON — 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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice details latest coronavirus precautions in statewide address

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice conducted a statewide address at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today to update West Virginians on the precautionary measures that are being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the potential spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). ... more

March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) today confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the state.... more

City of Grafton institutes new procedures amid COVID-19 outbreak

GRAFTON—At the City of Grafton, the health and safety of our customers, communities, and employees is our top priority. We provide an essential service that it is critically important, and like many other communities in the U.S. and across the globe, the City of Grafton has established coronavirus preparedness plans.... more

 

COVID-19 Testing Criteria Explained for West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is working to ensure that the public and medical providers understand the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing criteria and the fact that supplies for such are not unlimited. Currently, COVID-19 testing is used in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... more

Governor issues State of Emergency

WEST VIRGINIA—On Monday, Governor Jim Justice once again sat down with state health, education and emergency response leaders to deliver an update to West Virginians regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.... 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

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

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 Taylor 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 Mountain Statesman offers our support to you.... more

Mountain Statesman to launch COVID-19 update page

As the local news source for Taylor County, it is our job to keep our community informed as the coronavirus continues to spread, and state and county officials issue orders designed to protect the health and well-being of our community. ... more

Local officials address Coronavirus concerns

GRAFTON—Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 concerns have residents scrambling to secure supplies and seek medical attention, but officials would like to remind individuals that there no need to panic.... more

COVID-19 impacts education across the state, schools closed indefinitely

WEST VIRGINIA— In the wake of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic rapidly sweeping the nation, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice addressed that state regarding the health and safety of students and educators across the state. ... more