Morning Briefing

3/31/2020

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: 03/30/2020

145 Total Positive Cases   3682 Total Negative Cases         1 Total Death

Counties with positive cases: Berkeley (14), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (4), Hancock (3), Harrison (10), Jackson (8), Jefferson (6), Kanawha (23), Logan (2), Marion (5), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (31), Morgan (1), Ohio (9), Pleasants (1), Preston (2), Putnam (4), Raleigh (3), Randolph (1), Roane (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (1), Wirt (1), Wood (2)

DHHR is the official reporting agency for COVID-19, which in turn provides official case numbers to the CDC. Medical providers are required to report test results to their local health departments, which provide them to DHHR, and commercial/private labs are also required to report test results to DHHR. However, the reporting of negative and pending tests to DHHR has been inconsistent, thus causing a delay in official reporting.

Where can I get a test? Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; there may be more testing sites out there that are added daily. – Source  Senator Joe Manchin 

Click here to view the list of current 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.

Gov. Justice issued an executive order Monday requiring out-of-state citizens to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the Mountain State and authorizing the West Virginia State Police to monitor the state roads and highways to enforce that order.

Governor Justice has closed all West Virginia State Park campgrounds

New River Gorge National River Announces Temporary Closure of Campgrounds and Restrooms

The National Park Service (NPS) will be temporarily closing campgrounds and restrooms in all areas of New River Gorge National River, Gauley River National Recreation Area, and Bluestone National Scenic River in response to COVID-19. Closures will begin at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, March 31. Hiking trails and river accesses will remain open. Park updates and closures can be found on the park website at nps.gov/neri and on Facebook and Twitter.

The town of Fayetteville has closed all of its city parks

Starting Monday, MARCH 30th the Raleigh County Courthouse will be reopened to the public.

You can only enter the Prince Street door and there will be a security guard there. Only ten people at a time can enter the building AND only three people allowed per office. The staff will be working minimum hours on a rotation schedule. They urge the public only to come in if it is extremely necessary. Remember the tax date has been moved to May 2nd.  A note from Raleigh County Commissioner Ron Hedrick. Reminder: The governor has put three-month extensions on driver’s licenses, tags, & stickers.  They may need to shut down the courthouse if people do not ONLY come for an emergency. Example of an emergency if you just purchased a brand new house.  The DMV is closed and people are using the courthouse like it’s the DMV. If that does not stop he will have to close down the courthouse. You can visit the county’s website at RaleighCounty.org. 

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is encouraging West Virginians to utilize the 2-1-1 program operated by United Way of West Virginia. 2-1-1 connects callers with health and human services resources through trained certified specialists. Anyone can call 2-1-1 to learn about specific programs, intake requirements, eligibility, operation hours and more.

Fayette County Schools have opened up online registration for their Pre-k 2020-2021 school year  Here is the LINK 

Causeacon has moved to June 12-14  – All presale tickets will be honored for more information visit causeacon.com 

The outbreak of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has put many citizens in a place of uncertainty — Benefits.gov is here to help! In order to help families and individuals find the resources they need, Benefits.gov has released a new article, “Finding the Right Help during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Outbreak”. In the article, you will find helpful information on government benefits such as unemployment resources and healthcare coverage as well as resources for businesses and families. 

For the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus outbreak, visit Coronavirus.gov to learn more about how to protect and prepare yourself and your community.