3/27/2020

National State of Emergency

Gov. Jim Justice’s “Stay At Home” order issued on March 23, 2020, is still in effect. It directs all West Virginia residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. Non-essential Businesses and operations must temporarily cease operations.

According to DHHR as of today

76 Total Positive Cases
1779 Total Negative Cases
0 Total Deaths
43 Tests Pending*
NOTE: All test results, including those processed through hospitals and commercial laboratories, are reportable to DHHR and are included in the positive and negative case counts. *Tests pending only includes those tests processed through the state public health lab.
Counties with positive cases: Berkeley (4), Greenbrier (1), Harrison (4), Jackson (5), Jefferson (4), Kanawha (15), Logan (1), Marion (2), Marshall (3), Mason (1), Mercer (2), Monongalia (24), Ohio (1), Preston (1), Putnam (2), Raleigh (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wood (2)

Gov. Justice continues to encourage all West Virginians to follow the guidelines presented last week 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.

Beckley Appalachian regional hospital will be holding a viral respiratory screening clinic TODAY Friday, March 27th 10a-2p  at 250 Stanaford Road in Beckley – no doctor order required – but you must have a fever of over 100 and or cough/shortness of breath

DHHR UNVEILS NEW TEST REPORTING PLAN, PROVIDES INFORMATION FOR UNINSURED, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH, HOMELESS, CHILDREN, AND OTHERS IN NEED
Beginning Monday, with the assistance of the National Guard, the coronavirus.wv.gov website will have daily postings of unofficial test numbers at 9 a.m., 12 noon and 4 p.m. Official numbers will then be provided when the DHHR issues its daily COVID-19 report in the evening.

For the uninsured, DHHR’s Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) is allowing all COVID-19 testing and subsequent treatment for COVID-19 diagnosis, as needed, without prior approval from our Utilization Management (UM) vendor.

Testing and treatment for all uninsured individuals will be covered by WV Medicaid during the national state of emergency.

For those seeking behavioral health support, citizens can call or text 844-HELP4WV (844-435-7498). HELP4WV offers a 24/7 call, chat and text line that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available by calling 800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

The National Disaster Distress Helpline is accessible by calling 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

West Virginia 211 is available by calling 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. Every day hundreds of people across West Virginia turn to 211 for information and support—whether financial, domestic, health or disaster.

West Virginia’s comprehensive behavioral health centers are open and offer an array of services for children and adults.

Be on the lookout for an absentee ballot application sometime during the first week of April.
Applications will not be sent to voters who have already requested or submitted an absentee application.
Applications must be received by the county clerk by May 6. April 21 is the last day to register to vote.
During the state of emergency declared by Gov. Jim Justice in response to the coronavirus pandemic, registered voters can use an absentee-by-mail ballot to vote in the May 12 primary

Governor Jim Justice today announced today that West Virginia residents can enjoy a month of free fishing. Beginning today through Friday, April 24th, the requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for state residents. Anglers must practice safe social distancing. Find out more HERE 

COVID-19 Business Relief Resources
In order to aid businesses and communities dealing with the impact of COVID-19, the West Virginia Department of Commerce has developed a directory of human and financial resources. Please continue to receive public health information from the Department of Health and Human Resources and Governor Jim Justice’s official website. Below you will find important information about resources from both state and federal agencies available to businesses and communities affected economically from COVID-19.

READ MORE ABOUT THE STIMULUS PACKAGE HERE – SOURCE CNN

WEST VIRGINIA TAX DEPT. RELEASES ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICE REGARDING ANNUAL INCOME TAX RETURNS

It is available on the Tax Department website here.

The Administrative Order officially extends the deadline to file 2019 annual income tax returns for individuals, trusts or estates, and corporations from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

APPLY for UNEMPLOYMENT  

Governor Jim Justice issued an executive order on Thursday, March 19, directing WorkForce West Virginia and the West Virginia Department of Commerce to provide unemployment benefits to those affected by COVID-19 and administer them to the maximum extent permitted by federal law. This executive order allows us to:

• Waive the one-week waiting period for eligible West Virginians to receive unemployment benefits
• Waive the able and available work requirement
• Waive the work search requirement
• Unemployment benefits will be available to eligible individuals who are requested by a medical professional, local health authority or employer to be isolated or quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if they are not actually diagnosed.

To file for unemployment benefits, go to uc.workforcewv.org.

Those who do not have internet access, have a disability requiring assistive technology or need further assistance should call 1-800-252-JOBS.

Due to an influx in website traffic, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our systems are experiencing intermittent disruptions and temporary outages. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are working diligently to resolve the problems. We’re committed to providing excellent service to each person attempting to access our systems or file an unemployment claim. During this difficult time, we ask you to remain patient as we work to resolve these issues.

Are you looking for something positive to do while the state is under a “Stay at Home” order during the Coronavirus pandemic? West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner suggests citizens use this time to fulfill their civic duty to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. You are asked to complete a Census questionnaire on or before April 1. To respond online, or for more information on the 2020 U.S. Census, visit Census2020.gov.

APPLY for SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.
The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer
Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 21, 2020.
For more information about Coronavirus, please visit Coronavirus.gov.
For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit SBA.gov/coronavirus.