West Virginia - COVID-19 Covered

West Virginia

Total Cases: 6,978 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 295,046 (August 3)
Fatalities: 117 (August 4)
Testing:
  • You can find your upcoming West Virginia COVID-19 testing sitehere. 
  • Governor Justice announced continued efforts to test susceptible populations, providing free, optional testing to all residents in counties experiencing higher rates of COVID-19. (May 21 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • West Virginia classifies essential services as: healthcare, public health operations, and insurance companies; grocery stores and pharmacies; food, beverage, and agriculture services; essential government functions; human service organizations and childcare providers; essential infrastructure; coal mining; manufacturing and distributions for critical products; transportation and travel related businesses; financial and insurance institutions; hardware and supply stores; critical trades; mail and delivery services; religious entities; education institutions; laundry services; home care services; residential facilities and shelters; professional services; media; hotels and motels; and funeral services. Details can be found here  

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • West Virginia released reopening guidance for businesses based on sector in each phase of reopening. Details for each sector can be found here.   

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner announced Monday that $2.8 million in CARES Act funding will be available to all 55 county clerks for expenses related to the pandemic and preparations for the November general election. (July 22) 
  • Governor Justice announced that he is planning to distribute $1.25 billion in federal funding through the CARES At to benefit all West Virginians. (June 26 
  • The Governor announced that the DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families will issue a one-time payment to foster care families, child placing agencies, and residential and emergency shelters to support costs related to the COVID-19. (June 24 
  • Governor Justice announced that $6.1 million in grant funding has been provided to West Virginia from the US Department of Justice. (June 16 
  • Governor Justice announced summer food assistance programs, improving coordination among all state, federal and community nutritional resources. (June 4 
  • Governor Justice announced that West Virginians who have exhausted regular unemployment benefits are now eligible for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 13-week extension on unemployment benefits provided by the CARES Act. (May 6 
  • Governor Justice announced West Virginia has received $625 million in federal funding to assist the state in its response, and will be receiving an additional $625 million within the next two weeks. (April 17 
  • Governor Justice announced that each of West Virginia’s 55 counties will receive an $100,000 grant to utilize at their discretion to reward “hero pay” for front line personnel and first responders. (April 13 
  • Governor Justice announced that Workforce West Virginia will begin distributing an additional $600 in federal unemployment compensation provided by the CARES Act. (April 8) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Justice announced that applications for small businesses seeking to receive funding through the Governor’s West Virginia CARES Act Small Business Grant Program, are now online. (July 15 
  • Governor Justice and WorkForce West Virginia announced a new opportunity for self-employed workers to receive additional benefits available through Pandemic Unemployment Assistance under the CARES Act through the state. (April 21 

 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Justice extended the closure of all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days. (August 1 
  • Governor Justice issued an executive order extending the closure of all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days. (July 23) 
  • Governor Justice issued an executive order reducing the statewide social gathering limit from 100 to 25 individuals, as well as closing all fairs, festivals, and similar events. The executive order also prohibits both indoor and outdoor concerts. (July 13) 
  • Governor Justice issued an executive order closing all bars in Monongalia County for ten days, in response to a significant spike in cases. (July 13 
  • Governor Justice said penalties for not wearing masks could be instated if COVID-19 cases continue to spike. (July 10) 
  • Governor Justice announced that all West Virginians over nine years old must wear a mask covering in indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained. (July 6) 
  • Governor Justice confirmed that Week 10 of the reopening plan will take effect beginning July 1, as originally scheduled. (June 29 
  • Governor Justice outlined Week 9 of the reopening plan is officially underway. (June 22)   
  • Governor Justice signed an order allowing low-contact outdoor sporting events and in-person high school graduation ceremonies. (June 19) 
  • Governor Justice announced Week 8 of the reopening plan is officially underway. (June 15) 
  • Governor Justice and the State Fair of West Virginia Board of Directors announced that the fair will proceed as planned from August 13-22 with increased safety and hygiene measures. (June 11) 
  • Governor Justice announced outdoor, open-air concerts are permitted to resume on July 1. (June 10 
  • Governor Justice issued an executive order that will formally allow private and state park campgrounds, cabins, and lodges, to be open to out-of-state guests. (June 8) 
  • Governor Justice announced that fairs and festivals are permitted to resume on July 1. (June 5 
  • Governor Justice announced that public gatherings will be permitted to increase from 25 to 100 individuals effective as of June 5. (June 5 
  • Governor Justice issued an executive order that formally allows casinos and movie theaters to reopen. (June 5  
  • Governor Justice announced new guidance for resuming low-contact sports and on reopening bingo halls. (June 4 
  • Governor Justice announced that private and state park campgrounds, along with state park lodges and cabins, will be allowed to reopen to out-of-state guests beginning on June 10. (June 4) 
  • Governor Justice announced that spas and massage businesses, limited video lottery retailers, swimming pools, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, and other indoor amusement locations will be permitted to reopen on May 30, under additional guidelines. (May 22 
  • Governor Justice announced that indoor malls will be able to reopen on May 21. (May 18) 
  • Governor Justice announced that fitness centers, gymnasiums, and recreation centers have been added to the list of entities that will be allowed to resume operations under the next phase of the reopening plan. Whitewater rafting and ziplining businesses, as well as rock climbing businesses, will also be permitted to reopen, with restrictions, beginning May 21 and May 15, respectively. (May 15 
  • Governor Justice announced beginning on May 21, the next wave of businesses and activities will be permitted to open with limitations, including indoor restaurant dining at 50% capacity; large and specialty retail stores; state park campgrounds for in-state residents only; outdoor recreation rentals; and outdoor motorsport and powersport racing with no spectators. (May 12 
  • Governor Justice announced that the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System will be permitted to open, with limitations, on May 21. (May 11 
  • Governor Justice unveiled “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback,” a phased plan to reopen the state over the next six weeks. (April 28 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Justice announced that he and state education leaders are targeting September 8 as a tentative date to resume in-person schooling. (July 8 
  • West Virginia Department of Education released “re-entry and recovery guidance” for the coming school year. The guidelines include three scenarios, none of which include a traditional five-day schedule. Details can be found here 
  • Governor Justice announced that the West Virginia Board of Education and State Superintendent of Schools have released guidance for counties to begin hosting in-person graduation ceremonies beginning June 22. (June 10) 
  • Governor Justice announced summer youth camps will be able to resume operations on Monday, June 22. (June 8) 

State Higher Education:

  • Governor Justice announced that he is pledging $2.5 million to ensure that all college and university students and staff members are able to be tested for COVID-19 upon their return to campus. (July 31 
  • Governor Justice issued a formal order permitting public and private colleges and universities to reopen for the fall semester. (July 24 

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