4/8 Morning Briefing

Morning Briefing


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.

Cases of COVID 19 in West Virginia

Updated: 4/8/2020- 67 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.

COVID-19 Drive-through testing will be provided Tuesday and Thursday this week in Fayette County. Please contact the Fayette County Health Department at 304-574-1617 if you feel you need to be tested.

Raleigh County Health Department will be providing testing today (4/8) from 9 -11. Please contact the health department and be pre-screened before visiting their location. 

Lowes will be closed on Sunday so that their staff can have Easter with their families. This is a nationwide announcement. 

Active Southern West Virginia is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic by continuing to offer free community programming virtually. This online program is open to anyone in any location. Due to schools being closed and CDC social distancing protocols the Active SWV Kids Run Clubs are unable to meet in person. Fortunately, the Active SWV Kids Run Club Director, India Tarleton Krawczyk, has designed and launched a virtual spring program that is open to all youth from April 13th through May 24th   https://www.facebook.com/ActiveSWV/events/

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia is streamlining its procedures to continue serving the public while complying with the Governor’s Executive Orders.  Please see the posting below.

Senator Manchin’s office has announced that Charleston laboratory QLabs, Inc. has announced it will begin testing specimens for the virus that causes COVID-19 on April 10, 2020. QLabs CEO Steve Collins announced that the lab will be using a test method that can run 4,000 tests per day and provide accurate results within 24 hours. 

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, various schools in Raleigh County will be offering a drive-through parent pick-up 5-day food package from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM. The List of Schools are below 

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

The Governor also reported that the backlog of unemployment claims being filed with Workforce West Virginia is being quickly addressed thanks to the continued hard work of Workforce employees and with the assistance of the West Virginia National Guard. “I can very, very proudly tell you that in one day 28,500 claims were processed so we’re catching up and we’re catching up fast,” Gov. Justice said. “I’m so appreciative of the work that our Workforce employees are doing and to the National Guard for stepping up and helping out in a big, big way,” Gov. Justice said.

“Today, I can also report that Workforce West Virginia will begin distributing the additional $600 in federal unemployment compensation provided by the Cares Act for unemployment claimants. So that’s a big bump for those who are unemployed.”

Click here to learn more about filing for unemployment.

The fastest way to file for benefits is online at www.workforcewv.org. A step-by-step guide to filing an initial claim may be found by going to the Unemployment section of WorkForce’s website and then clicking the Claimants tab. Those who do not have internet access, have a disability requiring assistive technology or need further assistance should call 1-800-252-JOBS.


BECKLEY, W.Va.  (April 6, 2020) – Recent studies have found that coronaviruses can possibly last on surfaces, such as metal, glass or plastic, for up to several days. Therefore, U.S. Cellular encourages people to take precautionary measures and regularly clean your devices.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that people clean all “high touch” surfaces, such as phones and tablets, every day. AppleSamsung and Google have tips online on how to properly clean their devices such as:

  • Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or a disinfecting wipe you may gently wipe the  exterior display.
  • Don’t use bleach.
  • Avoid getting moisture in any opening and don’t submerge your device in any liquids.

U.S. Cellular also encourages people not to share their phone with other with others and keep it out of restrooms.

“While these tips take on a higher importance now, they can be used year-round to help keep your devices clean and germ-free,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South.