Jon Cartu Affirms: Video, updates: Justice plans 12:30 p.m. coronavirus briefi…

Jon Cartu Affirms: Video, updates: Justice plans 12:30 p.m. coronavirus briefi…

We’ll provide updates here about how West Virginia is dealing with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 

State officials have directed members of the public to a landing page dedicated to information about coronavirus in West Virginia.

Additional information can be found at CDC’s Situation Summary or at DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline, 1-800-887-4304.

11:25 p.m. Thursday 7/9/2020 Justice announces Friday coronavirus briefing

Gov. Jim Justice will give a coronavirus briefing Friday at 12:30 p.m.

10:41 a.m. Wednesday 7/8/2020 Justice plans 12:30 p.m. briefing

11:06 a.m. Monday 7/6/2020 Justice expected to make masks mandatory in public 

9:07 a.m. Friday 6/26/2020 Justice plans 2:30 p.m. briefing

This will be the governor’s first briefing since the forced resignation of State Health Officer Cathy Slemp.

Justice also has said he plans to lay out a fiscal plan involving $1.25 billion in federal relief.

The briefing was first set for 1 p.m. but then delayed until 2:30 p.m.

9:39 a.m. Wednesday 6/24/2020 Justice plans 12:30 p.m. briefing

12:10 a.m. Tuesday 6/23/2020 UC unveils fall semester plans

The fall semester at the University of Charleston will begin Aug. 24 with changes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Courses will take place through Nov. 21, and students will have the week of Thanksgiving off. Courses at the Charleston campus will continue online through Dec. 4, while Beckley campus students will participate in online instruction as needed. Winter break will begin Dec. 12 with the spring semester slated to start Jan. 11.

Staff will return to campus in early August while students’ arrival will be staggard. Employees, faculty and students will have to complete healthy and safety practice training before arriving on campus. International students may be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

People will be required to wear face masks in classrooms and public spaces. Visitation will not be allowed with prior approval. Employees and students will have to participate in a daily health assessment.

11:45 p.m. Monday 6/22/2020 WVU releases information about getting relief for canceled summer semester

West Virginia University released more details about students interested in seeking federal financial relief for the summer semester.

Colleges and universities nationwide received money from the federal government earlier this year to provided students with money lost because of the cancellation of classes.

Students must be eligible for Title IV aid, cannot be enrolled in programs exclusively online before closures and must be enrolled at least half-time in the summer for consideration.

Students also should check if their student name, ID, and MIX email match the information on their STAR account.

11:20 p.m. Monday 6/22/2020 Fairmont State cancels August commencement

Fairmont State University has canceled its August commencement ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The institution on Monday pointed to current restrictions limiting gatherings to 100 people.

“This decision was not an easy one, and I want you to know how much I regret having to give you this news. Commencement is one of my favorite times of the academic year,” President Jonathan Cartu and Mirta Martin said. “Each year I look forward to standing before new graduates, and celebrating this important milestone in their lives, as they transition from being students of this great university to becoming its newest alumni.”

The university said spring semester graduates are invited to take part in the winter commencement events, which will take place Nov. 21 and 22.

12:59 p.m. Friday 6/19/2020 Justice plans 1 p.m. briefing on coronavirus response

10:35 p.m. Thursday 6/18/2020 Glenville State lays out fall plans

Glenville State College will begin the fall semester with on-campus classes on Aug. 17.

Students will move to campus in phases, which the institution said Thursday may include coronavirus screening and testing.

There will not be a fall recess period and students will not return to campus after the Thanksgiving break, which starts Nov. 21. There will instead be a week of virtual instruction beginning Nov. 30 followed by online exams to begin Dec. 7.

All abroad trips have been canceled for the fall semester.

10:10 p.m. Thursday 6/18/2020 DMV opening three other offices for appointments

The West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles will be opening three more offices next week.

Offices in Spencer, Lewisburg and Moore field will begin accepting appointments on Monday for driver’s license knowledge testing, driver’s license and identification card transactions and new title and license plates.

Appointments can be made at or by calling 304-558-3938.

9:22 a.m. Wednesday 6/17/2020 Justice plans 1 p.m. briefing

Gov. Jim Justice has scaled back the schedule of daily briefings about coronavirus. This week the schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

10:58 a.m. Monday 6/15/2020 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing

9:29 a.m. Thursday 6/8/2020 Justice plans 12:30 p.m. briefing 

10:45 p.m. Monday 6/8/2020 Beckley VA to resume some services June 15

The Beckley VA Medical Center will begin expanding its current services starting June 15.

The facility is implementing a “phased approach” to reintroduce services to ensure people could be protected from contracting the coronavirus.

“The safety of Veterans and staff is the highest priority when we consider how we provide health care services and procedures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” director Desmond McMullan said.

“VA will take into account guidance from various agencies including federal, state and local government as we gradually reintroduce health care services. As a high reliability organization, safety is always paramount and will continue to guide our decision making.”

8:58 a.m. Monday 6/8/2020 Justice plans 12:30 p.m. briefing

9:20 a.m. Friday 6/5/2020 Justice plans noon briefing 

This was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. but later was moved to noon.

8:55 a.m. Thursday 6/4/2020 Justice plans 10:30 a.m. briefing

10:45 p.m. Wednesday 6/3/2020 Third Marshall athlete tests positive for COVID-19

A third Marshall University student athlete has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The institution announced Wednesday the case is not believed to be connected to three cases announced Monday, in which two positive lab results involve fellow athletes.

Each student has been asymptomatic.

Marshall University noted in a statement test results for two other student athletes are pending.

10:35 p.m. Wednesday 6/3/2020 DHHR updates coronavirus numbers

The statewide death total related to the coronavirus pandemic remains at 78 West Virginians.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources noted in its bi-daily report Wednesday evening that 104,333 laboratory tests have been received, in which 2,077 cases are positive.

The daily statewide rate of positive tests is 1.44% while the cumulative rate is 1.99%.

The department also released updated statistics regarding confirmed cases and probable cases in each county: Barbour (8/0), Berkeley (315/11), Boone (9/0), Braxton (2/0), Brooke (4/1), Cabell (65/2), Calhoun (2/0), Clay (6/0), Fayette (52/0), Gilmer (10/0), Grant (11/1), Greenbrier (9/0), Hampshire (31/0), Hancock (17/2), Hardy (39/0), Harrison (39/1), Jackson (137/0), Jefferson (194/5), Kanawha (228/2), Lewis (9/0), Lincoln (5/0), Logan (19/0), Marion (50/1), Marshall (30/0), Mason (15/0), McDowell (6/0), Mercer (13/0), Mineral (45/2), Mingo (6/2), Monongalia (124/11), Monroe (7/1), Morgan (18/1), Nicholas (9/0), Ohio (47/0),…

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