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A West Virginia nursing home already linked to a coronavirus death is now reporting 66 positive cases.

At least 36 residents and 30 staffers of the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have the virus, according to a statement posted on the facility's social media late Monday. Ten tests are still pending.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the coronavirus is sending droves of West Virginians to their gardens. We also speak with Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Eric Ayre about his new book.

(left clockwise) Daisy, Evie, Claire and Xylon Mason play a board game together at their home in Charles Town, W.Va. Games have been a major key to learning for the Mason children who are all homeschooled.
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Concerns over coronavirus have schools in West Virginia closed until at least April 30. And in Jefferson County, schools are closed for the rest of the academic year. As a result, thousands of kids throughout the state are staying home and attending school in new ways.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting explored some of the resources available to help West Virginia’s kids and their families succeed.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll discuss homeschooling challenges and resources, including questions some younger state residents might have.

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Marshall University students who aren't spending time in their dorms as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will receive refunds, the school announced.

Refunds are expected to be made by April 29. Students will be notified if the date changes.

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A Charleston hospital has become West Virginia's first COVID-19 surge hospital ahead of the state's projected peak of coronavirus cases.

Saint Francis Hospital was ready to receive virus patients as of Friday, The Charleston Gazette Mail reported.

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Beginning this month, Americans will see financial relief checks from the federal government’s $2 trillion stimulus plan flow into their bank accounts to assist them during the COVID-19 outbreak.

But many college students and recent graduates were disappointed to find out they will not receive $1,200 from the government, even if they were affected by the pandemic.

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At least three West Virginia colleges have set up emergency assistance programs to help students financially during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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West Virginia has one of the country's lowest participation rates in the 2020 census.

Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau shows only about a third of West Virginia households have responded to the head count as of Thursday, putting the state as third worst behind only Alaska and Puerto Rico.

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West Virginia’s health centers will see $12,939,053 in federal funds to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito made the announcement in a joint press release Thursday.

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For just a moment, West Virginia was the only state in the country to allow betting on the presidential election.

The short-lived play by bookmaker giant FanDuel, which was approved by the state lottery board, was announced and then quickly nixed Tuesday night in a bizarre sequence that appeared to baffle top government officials.

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On this West Virginia Morning, criminal justice reform advocates are urging Gov. Jim Justice to do more to stem the spread of coronavirus in jails and prisons.

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Updated Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Gov. Jim Justice has announced that another West Virginia county has been designated as a “hot spot” for COVID-19. Marion County will join six others who have been allowed to expand the enforcement of public health guidelines.  During a virtual news conference, Justice also said he is holding off on calling a special session to address budget issues related to the ongoing pandemic.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

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On this West Virginia Morning, returning to old traditions in the time of the novel coronavirus. And we hear how one clinic that serves some of West Virginia's most vulnerable is adapting to the crisis. But first, spring has sprung!

A federal judge rejected a request to have several inmates released in West Virginia due to the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers on Monday denied Mountain State Justice's request that the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation be ordered to release inmates from prisons and jails, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety said in a news release.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the models have shifted to favor West Virginia in its fight against the coronavirus, but experts are urging cautious optimism. We also hear how one VA hospital is preparing for a potential influx of veteran patients with coronavirus.

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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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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.

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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