4/15 Morning Briefing

Cases of COVID 19 in West Virginia

Updated: 4/15/2020- 61 New Reported Cases

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is the official reporting agency for COVID-19, which in turn provides official case numbers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medical providers and laboratories are required to report positive test results to DHHR. The data in the daily reports include all known positive cases but underreports the total number of individuals tested as not all laboratories are able to electronically submit negative test results.

Click here to view the list of current testing sites.

Gov. Justice continues to encourage all West Virginians to follow the guidelines presented by President Donald J. Trump to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.

For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.

The Mercer County Health Department announced they will begin drive-thru testing for COVID-19. The clinic will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on April 16, 2020. It will be open from Noon to 2 p.m.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), announced $23,161,653 for Child Care and Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ This funding will be given directly to states and will support access to childcare and childcare professionals 


Videos and online reports claiming that millions of Americans will have to repay the relief checks they receive from the federal government under the $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic recovery bill are not true. The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, which are working to deliver the money to people, confirmed to The Associated Press that households will not have to pay back the money in next year’s tax filing. “This is not an advance and there is absolutely no obligation to pay it back,” Treasury spokeswoman Patricia McLaughlin said in an email.

The University of Charleston has announced that all classes will continue to be offered online through June. Campuses in both Charleston and Beckley continue to be closed while the state “Stay at Home” order remains in effect.

The CED is launching 3 online support groups for parents as we navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic. Each Wednesday, parents can meet online with the Circle of Parents Group to share information, resources, laughter, and support! there are three opportunities offered throughout the day and the meetings will be held at the same time each week to help families communicate and work together during this difficult time.

Organizers of the John Henry Days Festival announced on Tuesday, April 14 they are canceling the event

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice announces numbers trending in right direction, but urges West Virginians to “stay the course”

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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).
On Tuesday, Gov. Justice provided another update on the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, saying that West Virginians’ commitment to practicing good social distancing and staying home has the state “trending in a great way.”
“We absolutely have to stay the course,” Gov. Justice said. “But you can see the results are really rock solid and, really, if we can keep trending this way, hopefully we can go back to a way of life where we’re working, and even the possibility of school, and absolutely our polls will be open for a June 9th election, and all the good things.

“We’ve got to be cautious. I don’t want to send everybody out dancing in the streets right yet. But, absolutely, we’re getting there and we’re getting better.”

Visit Coronavirus.wv.gov to view the most up-to-date COVID-19 testing numbers

The Governor also discussed West Virginia’s relative success when it comes to limiting the number of COVID-19-related fatalities compared to surrounding states.

Pennsylvania – 524
Ohio – 274
Maryland – 262
Virginia – 154
Kentucky – 104
West Virginia – 9
“It’s nine too many, but it’s a heck of a lot better than anything that’s going on around us,” Gov. Justice said. “And understand just this, there’s no other state anywhere close to us that has any results like that until you go way out west, where the populations are few and far between. Remember, we’re within a rock’s throw of two-thirds of the population of this country.

“It is testimony to what you, as West Virginians, have done all across this state and you, as businesses, that have really sacrificed and all the great stuff that you’re doing,” Gov. Justice continued. “I thank you in every way, West Virginia, and I mean it, you’ve done really, really good. And I can’t wait. I can’t wait to be able to see us back to work or back to school or whatever it may be.”

Gov. Justice also provided an update on the State’s efforts to ensure that students across West Virginia are continuing to be well-nourished and fed during the ongoing statewide school closure, through a collaborative effort between the West Virginia Department of Education, Tourism Office, National Guard, and Department of Agriculture.“We now have a weekly capability of administering 1 million meals per week to the students of West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said. “This operation is unlike anything we’ve ever done before. But it’s exactly what West Virginians always seem to do in times of trouble.”Click here to read more about this multi-agency effort
The Governor also continued to urge all West Virginians to take the opportunity to complete the 2020 United States Census.“We’ve all got to be counted,” Gov. Justice said. “Please be counted. The federal dollars that may not flow to us if you aren’t counted would be really detrimental.”
The Governor also provided an update on a recent surge in coronavirus cases at a Wayne County nursing home.With 36 patients and 30 employees testing positive, the Governor announced that the West Virginia National Guard and the Department of Health and Human Resources are “working closely with the Wayne County Health Department to ensure and try to help in every way possible to get everybody through this.”
Today, the West Virginia National Guard provided training on proper personal protective equipment, sanitizing and decontamination methods and best practices for the prevention of COVID-19 spread to staff at the Barboursville Veterans home. Members of Task Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (TF-CRE) will make additional visits to the facility in the coming days to train all support staff and facilitate implementing plans and procedures for how to deal with COVID-19 positive cases, if any were to arrive.”West Virginia has one of the highest per capita populations of veterans in the nation and we must do everything in our power to ensure that they are protected against this virus,” stated Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the WVNG. “In addition to assisting our veterans, our organization continues to prioritize West Virginia’s elderly population and will move forward with plans to provide COVID-19-specific prevention training to all long-term care facilities in the state. We have made good progress in flattening the curve here, but we cannot let our guard down, especially with our most vulnerable population.”
Also today, members of the WVNG, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Yeager Airport, Kanawha County Emergency Management, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, and JanCare Ambulance tested decontamination and sanitization methods for first responder vehicles at Executive Air in Charleston. The goal will be to establish a decontamination and sanitization lane for ambulances, police cars and fire/emergency services vehicles that have transported known or potential COVID-19 patients, ultimately providing protection for our first responders and their families.

Click here to read more about the National Guard’s latest efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in West Virginia