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4/20 Morning Briefing

Cases of COVID 19 in West Virginia

Updated: 4/20/2020-

151 New Reported Cases            

265 Total Recovered

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.

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 The Raleigh County Courthouse will be open by appointment only

Beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, people will need to call the courthouse to schedule an appointment. All appointments have to be requested 24 hours in advance. To make an appointment call: (304)-255-9146
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The Save Small Business Fund is a grantmaking initiative funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners including the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Vistaprint. It is providing $5,000 in short-term relief to employers across the United States. These one-time supplemental cash grants are for businesses that:

  • Employ between 3 and 20 employees
  • Operate in an economically vulnerable community*
  • Have been harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Save Small Business Fund is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Save Small Business Initiative—a nationwide program to address small business owners’ immediate needs, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize the long-term support the small business community needs for recovery.

The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 PM ET. 

Click here to learn more.

* Before starting the application, you will be asked for the zip code where you are registered by the IRS as doing business, which will confirm your eligibility.

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Friday ordered that residents and staffers of all nursing homes in the state immediately be tested for the coronavirus.

The Republican governor said his executive order comes after some testing discrepancies when outbreaks have cropped up in nursing homes. The state health department and National Guard will carry out the testing, he said.

“The entire situation with our nursing homes is not as good as it needs to be,” he said, adding “it needs to be perfect.”

Justice did not offer a specific timeline of when the tests could be completed. But, according to figures from the nursing home trade group the West Virginia Health Care Association, the effort would involve testing around 28,000 people and could take several weeks with the state’s testing capacity of around 3,000 a week. 

 

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Friday, April 17: Gov. Justice orders all nursing home residents and staff statewide to be tested for COVID-19
On Friday, Gov. Justice issued an Executive Order, directing the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia National Guard to test every nursing home resident and staff member throughout the state.

Residents and staff members who have previously been tested will be retested to ensure the most up-to-date results possible. The Governor has directed that this effort begin immediately to provide more aggressive support to West Virginia’s nursing home population.

Gov. Justice also directed the DHHR to file an order requiring all laboratories across West Virginia to provide immediate, real-time electronic reports of both positive and negative COVID-19 tests to the DHHR and to their respective local health departments.
Additionally Friday, Gov. Justice offered his support to President Donald J. Trump and his three-phased plan of Opening Up America Again.

“We need to, some way, transition out of this disease and get our engine back going and get back to work,” Gov. Justice said. “Now, as I’ve said over and over, I’m not going to back away from protecting you and listening to our medical experts. But I can tell you that it’s a priority, beyond belief, to get you back to doing the things that you would like to do with your life and get West Virginians back to work.”

Gov. Justice also provided an update on the State’s expedited processing of unemployment claims, reporting that more than 14,000 claims were processed Thursday alone.

With 130,000 unemployment claims into Workforce West Virginia since the beginning of March, efforts continue to clear the backlog and provide assistance to West Virginians as quickly as possible.

Click here for more information on applying for unemployment benefits

Finally, Gov. Justice offered a reminder to all West Virginians to take the opportunity to complete the 2020 United States Census.

Every West Virginian who does not respond to the Census represents a loss of $20,000 in federal funds over the next ten years for the state and its local communities. The funds can go toward things like healthcare, education, infrastructure, school lunch programs, and more.

Respond to the Census online at 2020census.gov

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