Personal Protective Equipment

Kay Dartt, 3D fabrication manager, and Chase Molden, theater technical director, show the West Virginia National Guard how to cast an N95 respirator mask using silicone molds. The design comes from a 3D printed model developed by Dartt and Molden.
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As the coronavirus continues to spread in West Virginia, the need for personal protective equipment, or PPE, has increased as well. But more than two dozen organizations across West Virginia are working to provide this critical equipment to frontline workers.

On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Jim Justice announced schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. But being out of the classroom comes with its own set of challenges. We also bring you a story about an initiative in West Virginia to 3D print face masks for frontline workers.

Coronavirus Takes A Terrible Toll On Ohio Valley Nursing Homes

Apr 15, 2020
Jared Bennett

The coronavirus is taking a terrible toll on nursing homes in the Ohio Valley. Well over a thousand residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have tested positive for coronavirus, and dozens have died from COVID-19. 

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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.

West Virginia Mask Army

A trade group that represents West Virginia’s nursing homes and assisted living communities is raising the alarm that the state’s more than 20,000 healthcare workers that work in long-term care facilities may soon run out of personal protective equipment like masks, gloves and gowns.