Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:55:22 GMT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that older adults and people with underlying chronic health conditions are at increased risk for serious illness from the coronavirus. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, West Virginia has the highest percentage of at-risk adults of any state in the country . This is one of the reasons Gov. Jim Justice gave at a press conference on March 13, when he announced that schools would close. “We’re in an older state, and the elderly is where this monster attacks,” Governor Justice warned. Some grandparents found relief in the Governor’s message because they feared that their grandchildren might unknowingly bring the virus home to them. This is especially meaningful in West Virginia where 29,000 children are being cared for by their grandparents, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count data for 2018 . For many of West Virginia’s kids, grandparents are the only caregivers they have. St. Albans grandmother, Gigi Bays, is
Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:28:13 GMT
The only hospital in a southern West Virginia county is closing after the coronavirus crisis disrupted attempts to sell the business, news outlets report.
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 22:56:17 GMT
Medical experts have spent years promoting telehealth as an option for rural areas with little access to in-person care. Now, after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a “stay home” order that took effect on Tuesday, March 24, some medical providers are offering telehealth as a way to keep more people healthy at home during the coronavirus.
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 19:21:42 GMT
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials say the state is faring well with handling the coronavirus compared to other hot spots around the globe, but that residents need to continue to stay the course by staying at home. At a virtual news conference held Monday, March 30, the governor announced additional executive orders to help stop the spread of the virus.
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, rural hospitals are closing throughout the region and the country, and a sweeping pandemic is highlighting just how vulnerable that leaves communities.
Mon, 30 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Two weeks ago, President Trump entered the White House briefing room and announced an aggressive plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Stay home for 15 days , he told Americans. Avoid groups of more than 10 people. "If everyone makes this change, or these critical changes, and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus," he said. On Sunday, the night before Day 15, Trump told the country to stick with the plan for another month, until April 30. "The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end," Trump said. It was an abrupt end to two weeks of whiplash as Trump veered between conflicting advice from public health experts, who were looking at data from labs and hospitals, and friends in the business community, who were looking at the harm to the economy. Trump announced his 15-day plan to slow the spread of the coronavirus on March 16. At that point, there were more than 3,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and more than 60 deaths.
Sun, 29 Mar 2020 23:36:12 GMT
West Virginia health officials have reported the state’s first death resulting from the coronavirus. In a Sunday news release just before 7 p.m., the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says an 88-year-old female from Marion County has died as a result of COVID-19.
Sun, 29 Mar 2020 19:46:17 GMT
A West Virginia couple are celebrating their recovery from the new coronavirus. James Vigil learned from health officials on Friday that he would be cleared of the virus on Saturday, while Carolyn Vigil, who became sick after her husband, was told she could expect a similar bill of health on Monday, The Journal reported.
Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:19:19 GMT
West Virginia emergency officials found more than a dozen ventilators and other important equipment in the shuttered Ohio Valley Medical Center this week as they prepare for possible shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:31:30 GMT
Across the country, medical professionals fighting the coronavirus pandemic are struggling to get their hands on protective gear – things as basic as goggles, gloves and masks – and without federal assistance, groups of West Virginians are handmaking face masks at their own expense.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:34:07 GMT
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Thursday filed a lawsuit against coal operator ERP Environmental Fund, Inc. alleging the company has racked up hundreds of violations, laid off employees, and walked away from its mining operations, leaving environmental obligations unfulfilled. According to documents filed with the Kanawha Circuit Court on March 26, ERP holds more than 100 permits at numerous mine sites across West Virginia. With the exception of one permit, all were acquired in 2015 from Patriot Coal Corporation during the company’s second bankruptcy.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:50:18 GMT
Following a misreported death, falsely attributed to the coronavirus, West Virginia health officials on Friday said they are considering new protocols to prevent the spread of inaccurate information. Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials spoke to the public through a virtual news conference, a practice that has become commonplace as an effort to combat the continued spread of the virus.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:32:48 GMT
Usually this time of year marks the start of festival season. So many little communities throughout the region celebrate springtime in their own way. But things are basically on pause right now as the country holds its collective breath. On this week’s episode of “Inside Appalachia,” we check in with our friends and neighbors across the region, many of whom are hunkering down at home, trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:34:49 GMT
In this time of crisis West Virginia Public Broadcasting is reaching out to community leaders working on the frontlines to help their towns and regions. Danny Swan is executive director of the nonprofit Grow Ohio Valley — an organization based in the Northern Panhandle committed to promoting regional food security. He shared these thoughts on regional food security and ways Grow Ohio Valley is trying to improve individual and community health throughout the upper Ohio Valley and throughout the state.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:43:12 GMT
“Why don’t you go out and hear some live music, wherever you are, just as soon as you can.” The words of Larry’s slogan might translate a little differently when you hear them this weekend on NPR stations across the country. He says it after the credits at the end of every episode.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:59:00 GMT
“The Bitter Southerner Podcast” is an offshoot of an online magazine called The Bitter Southerner. The podcast, which just completed its second season, is devoted to the culture of the South and produced with the support of Georgia Public Broadcasting. Host and editor Chuck Reece doesn’t shy away from topics that can be awkward to discuss. Reece himself grew up in north Georgia, in the foothills of the Appalachians, and has an affinity for the region. He has dedicated shows to controversial topics like the federally-owned power utility the Tennessee Valley Authority and the book “Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy.”
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, food pantries across the state cope as the coronavirus turns life upside down – we’ll explore regional food security in the Mountain State. We also bring you this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:00:00 GMT
Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET President Trump has signed a historic $2 trillion economic recovery package into law Friday afternoon, shortly after the House of Representatives approved the bill. In an Oval Office ceremony Friday, the president thanked Republicans and Democrats "for coming together, setting aside their differences and putting America first" to pass the legislation. Trump was joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. No Democrats were present at the signing. "We're going to keep our small businesses strong and our big businesses strong," Trump said of the legislation. "And that's keeping our country strong and our jobs strong." Trump went on to tout what he called the "greatest economy in the history of our country" prior to the arrival of the coronavirus. "We had the highest stock price we've ever seen ... " Trump said. "And then we got hit by the invisible enemy and we got hit hard." But Trump predicted a swift economic
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:23:04 GMT
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Child Support Enforcement is asking clients to seek help through the office online and not visit the agency’s local offices in-person during the coronavirus pandemic.
Thu, 26 Mar 2020 21:00:36 GMT
West Virginians applying for unemployment benefits online could experience intermittent outages because the number of businesses closing or scaling back operations due to the coronavirus outbreak has sent claims surging, the state's commerce chief said Thursday.