COVID-19

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear about a new play that honors those who lost their lives at the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster 10 years ago. We also bring you the latest updates on coronavirus in West Virginia.

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For the latest on guidelines and restrictions enacted by your county’s officials, please contact your health department. You can find a list of those contacts here. 

Six West Virginia counties under an expanded order from Gov. Jim Justice are quickly enacting new policies aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Under the direction of local health departments, those counties have outlined changes to the amount of people businesses can allow in some stores, placed restrictions on the sales of alcohol products and enacted other guidelines to ensure the well-being of the public. 

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has tightened restrictions on six counties in an attempt to curb coronavirus hotspots.

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Updated Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Citing an influx of Pennsylvania residents crossing into West Virginia, the Monongalia County Board of Health has announced it is limiting liquor sales to in-state residents only. The order was issued Saturday, Aptil 4, and went into effect at noon the same day. Other border counties have begun to adopt similar policies. 

More than two weeks earlier, on March 19, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe ordered that all state liquor stores be closed through an executive order.

Martinsburg Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order specific to three Eastern Panhandle counties following the discovery of a cluster of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The governor announced the new regulations in a news release issued Friday evening. 

Sam Fonda pours a beer at Weathered Ground Brewery in Cool Ridge, West Virginia.
Janet Kunicki / WVPB

West Virginia residents can now get beer and wine delivered to their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, alcohol regulators said.

Downtown Shepherdstown
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The Contemporary American Theater Festival, located in Shepherdstown, has pushed its 2020 season to next year due to coronavirus concerns. This summer was meant to be the festival’s 30th anniversary celebration.

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources

Updated Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is experiencing the state’s newest cluster of the coronavirus. 

At a Friday news conference, Gov. Jim Justice and other officials said they were made aware of the outbreak just before a Friday virtual news conference that was scheduled to start at noon. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, modeling can help show health officials when the coronavirus is expected to peak in West Virginia. And you had questions about COVID-19; we have answers.

Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered

Apr 3, 2020
Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley ReSource

The coronavirus pandemic has already infected thousands in the Ohio Valley and upended life and work for nearly all of us. In such a fast-moving pandemic, it can be hard to keep all the information straight. The Ohio Valley ReSource and its partner stations asked you what you wanted to know, and took your questions to someone with answers.

Office of Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia's attorney general on Thursday said a ban on elective medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic will reduce abortions but will be upheld in an eventual legal challenge.

The executive order, which went into effect this week, mirrors directives in other Republican-controlled states that been temporarily blocked by federal judges. West Virginia's order, which doesn't explicitly include abortion, says that it applies to all procedures that aren't “immediately medically necessary to preserve the patient's life or long-term health” to preserve medical supplies and protective equipment.

University of Washington / Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

West Virginia has about a month until coronavirus peaks here. 

And when it does, about 500 West Virginians — give or take a few hundred — are expected to die, according to current projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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At least two universities in the Mountain State are using 3D printing technology to make much-needed personal protective gear for first responders and healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Our West Virginia COVID-19 Tracker Gives You County-Level Data On The Coronavirus

Apr 2, 2020
Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley ReSource

Since the first Ohio Valley region COVID-19 patient was confirmed nearly a month ago, cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have continued to increase in the state.

Along with that increase in cases comes an increase in questions:

How many cases are there around me?

How many people in my community have died?

How do other health issues increase the risk of serious illness due to coronavirus in my community?

These questions are hard to answer right now due to the speed at which data are being reported.

That’s why we, in collaboration with three other public media stations across the U.S., developed the Local COVID-19 Tracker Project. The Local COVID-19 Tracker Project brings you county-level coronavirus data that are both timely and easy to understand.

Ohio Valley Unemployment Claims Soar To Nearly 400,000 Amid Pandemic Shutdown

Apr 2, 2020
Unemployment Line
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

Claims for unemployment insurance soared around the Ohio Valley region as nearly 400,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia sought help amid the economic freeze associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

The new numbers come from data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing more than 6.6 million unemployment claims around the country.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, what can hillbilly squids teach us about Appalachia? We find out, and we bring you an update on the coronavirus situation in West Virginia.  

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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

State officials are reporting a second coronavirus-related death in West Virginia. 

The Department of Health and Human Resources released a press release Wednesday evening from the Jackson County Health Department confirming the state’s second fatality. 

WV Governor's Office

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday acknowledged that his directive to have police monitor roads and check in on travelers from coronavirus  hotspots might be unconstitutional but he said it will continue for safety reasons.

Glynis Board

With cases of the coronavirus expected to spike in West Virginia in the coming weeks, the state will delay its primary election. Gov. Jim Justice made the announcement at a Wednesday virtual news conference.

The primary election had been scheduled for May 12. But with public health concerns heightened, Justice announced the primary will instead be pushed back to June 9. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear from artisans from across Appalachia coping with the coronavirus. And it’s been about nine months since coal company Blackjewel suddenly declared bankruptcy. We check in on a father and son who are moving forward.

 

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Children and Families announced in a news release Tuesday that recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, may be eligible for two waivers from the federal government.

Office of Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday additional executive orders to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The governor and other state officials continue to urge residents to stay at home as the projected onslaught of the virus remains weeks away.

New River Gorge Bridge
Chad Matlick / WVPB

Three national parks in West Virginia closed their facilities at noon on Tuesday in response to COVID-19.

Campgrounds and restrooms in New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area and Bluestone National Scenic River are closed indefinitely. 


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that older adults and people with underlying chronic health conditions are at increased risk for serious illness from the coronavirus. 

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, West Virginia has the highest percentage of at-risk adults of any state in the country

 

This is one of the reasons Gov. Jim Justice gave at a press conference on March 13, when he announced that schools would close.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, a global mask shortage is putting healthcare workers on the front lines at risk. Some West Virginians are taking matters into their own hands. We also learn how grandparents are coping with the coronavirus.

Cecelia Mason / WV Public Radio

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials say the state is faring well with handling the coronavirus compared to other hot spots around the globe, but that residents need to continue to stay the course by staying at home. 

At a virtual news conference held Monday, March 30, the governor announced additional executive orders to help stop the spread of the virus. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, rural hospitals are closing throughout the region and the country, and a sweeping pandemic is highlighting just how vulnerable that leaves communities.

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Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

West Virginia health officials have reported the state’s first death resulting from the coronavirus.

In a Sunday news release just before 7 p.m., the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says an 88-year-old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19.

Carolyn Vigil via Facebook

A West Virginia couple are celebrating their recovery from the new coronavirus.

James Vigil learned from health officials on Friday that he would be cleared of the virus on Saturday, while Carolyn Vigil, who became sick after her husband, was told she could expect a similar bill of health on Monday, The Journal reported.

West Virginia Mask Army

Across the country, medical professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get their hands on protective gear – things as basic as goggles, gloves and masks – and without federal assistance, groups of West Virginians are handmaking face masks at their own expense.


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