Morning Briefing
3/28/2020

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We are still under the 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.

WV CASES
Updated: 03/27/2020
96 Total Positive Cases
2331 Total Negative Cases
0 Total Deaths
6 Tests Pending*
Counties with positive cases: Berkeley (9), Greenbrier (1), Hancock (1), Harrison (4), Jackson (6), Jefferson (4), Kanawha (17), Logan (1), Marion (3), Marshall (3), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (23), Ohio (6), Pleasants (1), Preston (1), Putnam (3), Raleigh (3), 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.

FAYETTE COUNTY SCHOOLS IMPORTANT MEAL PICKUP INFORMATION

As the current Coronavirus health concerns continue to keep our schools closed and increase our need to restrict contact with others, Fayette County Schools will be moving to a new method of meal distribution for our students. Wednesday, March 25 will be the last day of student meal delivery to bus stops.
Beginning Thursday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, parents/guardians may pick up for their children a prepackaged multi-meal that will consist of five bagged breakfasts and five lunches for the entire week.
On Thursday, March 26, parents/guardians may pick up their children’s prepackaged multi-meals at one of the six school locations as follows:
Fayetteville PreK-8
Meadow Bridge Elementary (which includes Meadow Bridge High School students)
Midland Trail High School (which includes Ansted and Divide Elementary students)
New River Primary (which includes New River Intermediate students)
Oak Hill Middle (which includes Oak Hill High School students)
Valley PreK-8 (which includes Gauley Bridge Elementary students)

Multi-meal pick up will begin on Thursday, March 26 and will be offered every THURSDAY of each week.
Should parents/guardians have specific questions regarding the Thursday multi-meal pick-up, you are encouraged to email your child’s principal or contact the Central Office for assistance. On behalf of Fayette County Schools, we thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to safely provide school meals for our students.

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders 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).
“Keep the faith, the things that we’re doing are working, stay at home as much as you can, get out and exercise in small groups or by yourself, and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re making real progress but we’ve still got a long way to go with this and we’ve got to stay vigilant.”

Gov. Justice said that supplies for the state’s medical personnel, as well as first responders and correctional workers, keep coming to West Virginia and that “every effort” to obtain and produce additional supplies via numerous sources is being made.“It’s getting better and we’re going to make it happen for those brave people who are out there working around the clock in our battle against this pandemic.”

Earlier in the day, information was released that the first death in West Virginia due to the coronavirus had happened in Monongalia County. However, the information that was given to the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) from an employee at a private nursing home in Morgantown was later deemed to be inaccurate.

Gov. Justice said that future release of information has got to be correct.

“I’m just flat mad about it,” Gov. Justice stated. “I’m truly working in every way to see that we protect every single life here in West Virginia. There is plenty of chaos out there anyway but we’ve got to put the safeguards in place and get it right. This is inexcusable in my book.”

DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said the protocols were being changed and that a second confirmation with hospitals is being put in place to make sure the information being disseminated is accurate.

He also reminded citizens from out-of-state that continue to look at West Virginia as a “getaway” site, that it is “essential” they self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. The Governor said if state residents know of violators to report it to local authorities.

COVID CZAR SAYS CITIZENS ARE DOING RIGHT THINGS, TALKS ABOUT PRODUCTION OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN STATE

Dr. Clay Marsh, who was appointed by Gov. Justice on Thursday as the COVID-19/Coronavirus Czar for West Virginia, said residents of the state are “doing the right things at the personal level” to keep the curve flattened and that “people need to double down” only go out to get “essential supplies” and “don’t cluster” with others.

“We are also working with Gen. Hoyer (Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard) and our educational institutions to identify a pathway for testing certain types of materials to produce personal protection equipment (PPE),” Dr. Marsh added.

DHHR SECRETARY, PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER ADDRESS TESTING ISSUES, PROMOTE HELPLINES

DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch and Dr. Cathy Slemp, the State’s Public Health Officer, said 150 testing sites are available across the state and that more than 2,000 have been tested.

Additional guidance and recommendations will be made available to the public as data continues to be analyzed.
DMAPS SECRETARY SAYS NO INMATES OR CORRECTIONAL EMPLOYEES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, PRAISES LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE MARSHALS, EDUCATION OFFICIALS, FUSION CENTER

Jeff Sandy, Secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS), reported that as of 7 a.m. today no employees or inmates in the state’s correctional facilities have COVID-19.

Sandy provided a report on the acquisition and distribution of PPE for law enforcement, firefighters and correctional officers.

He also praised the State Police, Fire Marshals and Education personnel for continuing to assist in the delivery of food throughout the state and said Fusion Center personnel have identified and stopped “countless attempts of fraud.”

Sandy said that “in consultation with the West Virginia Supreme Court” the Corrections Commissioner has released “70 non-violent offenders close to the end of the terms” from custody.

DEPT. OF EDUCATION: MOST COUNTIES TRANSITION TO LONG-TERM FEEDING PLANS FOR STUDENTS

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), at the request of Governor Jim Justice, continues to work with counties to shift to more efficient models to feed children during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. As the state moves from immediate nutritional triage to long-term distribution plans, Superintendent W. Clayton Burch reminds everyone that feeding students in need remain the top priority.

As some counties transition to the multi-day meal packs, food will be delivered on a staggered basis and counties will receive replenished supplies on different days of the week. If there are unmet needs during this transition, families should contact alternate community sites and food banks for support. County-by-county information is available by calling the United Way at 211.

The WVDE has worked with state partners including the National Guard, the Division of Tourism and the Department of Agriculture to develop more efficient methods to get food to counties. As has been the case, each county will coordinate meal distribution to families, and some counties may choose to continue their current feeding plans. Families should contact their county board of education offices for updates and with questions.

WV NATIONAL GUARD RAMPING UP EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19, ENCOURAGES ‘FLATTENING THE CURVE’

“Going forward, our force will continue to be a leader in the state in response to this public health threat. We are urging all West Virginians to join us in practicing proper hygiene, maintaining social distance and avoiding gathering of groups of people to ensure we can flatten the curve here in West Virginia and protect our most vulnerable population,” says Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard.

Currently, more than 250 members of the West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) are serving the State of West Virginia by augmenting civil authorities through four lines of effort:
Operationalizing of the event
Stabilization of the population
Logistical movement of critical supplies
Information and analytics to combat the virus

WVDEP STILL ENFORCING ALL APPLICABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jim Justice has asked West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton and his staff to remain in constant communication with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding potential compliance and enforcement issues that may arise. As of today, all rules, regulations and permitting requirements under the jurisdiction of the WVDEP remain in full effect.