4/10 Morning Briefing

Cases of COVID 19 in West Virginia

Updated: 4/10/2020- 40 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.

Governor Justice asks all West Virginians to stay the course – Stay home- stay safe

West Virginia University has canceled in-person classes through the summer because of the coronavirus. President Gordon Gee on Wednesday said officials are working to figure out which summer courses can be made available online and will automatically enroll registered students in the courses. Students will be notified if their classes are moving online or being rescheduled to a different term. WVU is also canceling all events and sports camps until at least June 30.


Gov. Justice also said he has issued an Executive Order mandating that all private and public and private golf courses follow proper cleaning protocols and take additional steps to ensure proper social distancing, including allowing just one individual per golf cart except for individuals that live together.

View the Executive Order here. 

“I know it’s a hassle but I’m just trying to keep you safe, I’m trying to keep all of us safe.”

The Executive Order also:

  • allows a municipality to delay an election previously scheduled by municipal charter for any date prior to June 1, 2020.
  • allows a municipality to hold its election on the same date as the state primary election scheduled for June 9, 2020, if the county has the time and resources to accommodate it.
  • suspends certain statutory regulations relating to the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling.
  • suspends certain statutory regulations relating to the deadlines for license renewals and fee payments to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. 


Dr. Clay Marsh, COVID-19 Czar, said information on the DHHR website is now being updated twice a day, at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and that “we will continue to add to it” so that the public has a “variety of ways to be informed.”

View the website here. 

Dr. Marsh also renewed his call for residents to remain “diligent and vigilant” as the projected peak date for the surge of COVID-19 in West Virginia currently remains as April 15.

He said after the peak date passes, citizens can’t become “complacent” and will need to keep practicing the protocols and guidelines like they have been doing for the past several weeks.


“The IRS and WV State Tax Department are urging taxpayers, especially our seniors, to be on the lookout for scam attempts regarding COVID-19,” Gov. Justice warned. “The IRS and State Tax Department will not call you asking to verify or provide your financial information in order to receive a quicker refund or an economic impact payment.

“Please also be wary of emails, text messages, websites, and social media attempts to request money or personal information.”

For more information please visit TAX.WV.GOV.