4/14 Morning Briefing

Cases of COVID 19 in West Virginia

Updated: 4/14/2020- 22 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

An Executive Order was issued by Gov. Justice, adding Jackson County to the list of community clusters for the spread of the virus. The order gives the local health departments in those counties the authority to further restrict and tighten rules on social distancing and essential services.

Twelve counties across West Virginia have now received this designation.

Click here to view the Executive Order on the Governor’s website

Click here to view all Executive Orders issued by Gov. Justice, as well as actions taken related to COVID-19 response


Gov. Justice also announced that he has directed the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to issue a one-time, $500 payment to current recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), also known as WV WORKS, as part of the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19.


Gov. Justice also announced that in response to the United States Department of Transportation suspending its prohibition on food trucks at federally funded rest areas, the West Virginia Division of Highways has set guidelines allowing for food trucks at rest areas as a temporary measure to ease the burden on truck drivers during the ongoing pandemic.

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The Governor also reported today that the State is continuing to work toward processing all of the 120,000 unemployment claims that have been filed through Workforce West Virginia since the beginning of March.

“Over 62,000 West Virginians have already received the extra $600 from the CARES Act and this represents more than $37 million in extra unemployment benefits for those West Virginians.

“I’ve got to announce to all of you that those of you that are self-employed or independent contractors, you are not able to file as of yet, but you will be able to do so soon. 

“As soon as we get the rules and all the stuff put together where you can file, we will announce when that filing will be able to begin. But the one thing you’ve got to understand is all these benefits will be retroactive when available. So we’ll go back and capture all the dollars that are owed to you as soon as everything is available.”

Americans are receiving via direct deposit their first stimulus checks from the Treasury Department sent to help alleviate the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Treasury Department said the first payments, to Americans who received their 2018 and 2019 tax returns via direct deposit, will be going out no later than April 15.  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments