Health Updates

Taylor County has its 15th confirmed case of COVID-19

TAYLOR COUNTY--Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer today, Saturday, June 27, announced that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s fifteenth (15) positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving a Taylor County resident.... more

Taylor County has its fourteenth (14) confirmed case of COVID-19

TAYLOR COUNTY-- Today, Friday, June 26, Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer announced that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s fourteenth (14) positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving a Taylor County resident.... more

Taylor County has its thirteenth (13) confirmed case of COVID-19

GRAFTON--Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer announced today, Monday, June 22, that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s thirteenth (13) positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving a Taylor County resident. ... more

COVID numbers on rise in Taylor County

TAYLOR COUNTY—As the county’s COVID numbers begin to rise, health officials are asking residents to try and make smart decisions about out of state travel.... more

Taylor County has its twelfth (12) confirmed case of COVID-19

GRAFTON--Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer, announced, today, June 19, that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s twelfth (12) positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving a Taylor County resident. ... more

Taylor County has its 10th and 11th confirmed cases of COVID-19

GRAFTON--Today, Tuesday, June 16, Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer, announced that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s tenth and eleventh positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving Taylor County residents. ... more

Taylor County has its ninth confirmed case of COVID-19

Doctor David Bender has announced the ninth confirmed case of Coronavirus in Taylor County, involving on of its residents.... more

COVID mobile testing site to close up shop

TAYLOR COUNTY—For nearly three weeks Taylor County hasn’t had any positive, active cases of Coronavirus.... more

May 7, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update – 10:00 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on May 7, 2020, there have been 57,521 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,287 positive, 56,234 negative and 51 deaths.... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice announces wellness facilities, drive-in theaters will be allowed to reopen next Monday in Week 3 phase of “The Comeback”

CHARLESTON, WV – Following his latest daily COVID-19 press briefing, Gov. Jim Justice announced today that wellness facilities (gyms and fitness centers supervised by licensed professionals) and drive-in movie theaters will be among the next wave of businesses permitted to reopen as part of the upcoming Week 3 phase of the Governor’s reopening plan: West Virginia Strong – The Comeback.... more

May 5, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update – 10:00 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on May 5, 2020, there have been 54,823 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,238 positive, 53,585 negative and 50 deaths.... more

Taylor County has its seventh and eighth confirmed cases of COVID-19

GRAFTON--Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer today, Monday, May 4, 2020, announced that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed Taylor County’s Seventh (7) and Eighth (8) positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) involving Taylor County residents. ... more

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice removes three counties from remaining list of hotspots

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has issued an Executive Order removing Jackson, Kanawha, and Ohio counties from the list of COVID-19 community clusters or “hotspots” in West Virginia. ... more

HHS Begins Distribution of Payments to Hospitals with High COVID-19 Admissions, Rural Providers

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is processing payments from the Provider Relief Fund to hospitals with large numbers of COVID-19 inpatient admissions through April 10, 2020, and to rural providers in support of the national response to COVID-19.... more

MANCHIN, CAPITO ANNOUNCE $100K FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH AT WVU

Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $109,440 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the West Virginia University Research Corporation. This funding will be used to research how Appalachians respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to better understand how to disseminate information in similar crises in the future.... more

MANCHIN APPLAUDS DISTRIBUTION OF RURAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDER COVID-19 RESPONSE FUNDING

Charleston, WV – Today U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announcement that rural healthcare providers will begin to receive funding from the additional COVID-19 emergency response funding that was passed last week.... more

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

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – 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

May 4, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update – 10:00 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on May 4, 2020, there have been 53,239 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,206 positive, 52,033 negative and 50 deaths.... more

May 1, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update – 5:00 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – 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

May 1, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update – 10:00 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of 10:00 a.m., on May 1, 2020, there have been 46,844 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,136 positive, 45,708 negative and 46 deaths.... more

Taylor County has its sixth confirmed case of COVID-19

TAYLOR COUNTY--Doctor David Bender, County Health Officer today, Sunday, April 26 announced that the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department has confirmed the sixth positive case of Coronavirus disease... more

Actions taken by Gov. Justice since COVID-19 outbreak

Since the first cases of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were confirmed in the United States, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has taken the following actions: ... more

COVID-19 Daily Update - 4-10-2020 - 10:00a.m.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice reports encouraging numbers again but warns citizens to not relax

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

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

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

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

Update from Taylor County Superintendent

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

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