West Virginia - COVID-19 Covered

West Virginia

Total Cases: 2,028 (June 2)
Tests Administered: 98,095 (June 1)
Fatalities: 76 (June 2)
Testing:
  • Governor Justice announced that he has ordered all inmates and employees at every correctional facility across West Virginia to be tested as a precautionary measure. (May 29)   
  • 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 
  • Governor Justice and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced a plan to increase testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations in medically underserved communities. (May 15 
  • Governor Justice issued an Executive Order directing the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia National Guard to test all daycare employees, as well as residents and staff members of assisted living facilities and residential care communities. (May 7) 
  • For more information, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-887-4304, or visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ website. (KIRO) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Justice issued an executive order outlining the process for hospitals to resume elective medical procedures. (April 21)  

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Governor Justice urged people to stay at home and advised businesses to allow employees to telework. (March 21) 
  • Governor Justice has ordered that unemployment benefits be offered to individuals “separated from employment, have had their hours of employment reduced, or are prevented from working due to either a documented medical condition caused by COVID-19 or due to communicable disease control measures related to COVID-19.” (March 19) Justice specified the benefits be offered “to the maximum amount allowable under federal law.” (March 19) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • 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 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)  
  • Governor Justice issued an executive order that suspends certain statutory regulations relating to the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling and suspends certain statutory regulations relating to the deadlines for license renewals and fee payments to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. (April 10) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Justice announced that spas and massage businesses, limited video lottery retailers, swimming pools, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, movie theaters, and other indoor amusement locations will be permitted to reopen on May 30, under additional guidelines. (May 22 
  • Governor Justice announced that casinos can reopen on June 5 under strict guidelines that will be announced later. (May 18) 
  • Governor Justice announced Week 5 of the reopening plan will begin on May 26 and will include indoor and outdoor bars at 50 percent capacity, museums, and zoos. (May 18 
  • 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 added tanning businesses to the list of entities permitted to reopen, with limitations, as part of Week 4 of the state’s reopening plan. (May 14) 
  • 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 announced that Week 3 of “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback” will take effect on Monday, May 11, and reopen wellness facilities and drive-in theaters among other businesses. (May 5) 
  • Governor Justice’s Week 2 of “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback” took effect Monday and includes small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, restaurants with takeaway service or outdoor dining options, religious entities, and funeral homes to reopen. (May 4) 
  • Governor Justice announced he will lift the current “Stay at Home” order and replace it with a new “Safer at Home” order that will take effect on Monday, May 4. (May 1 
  • Governor Justice announced the launch of Phase 1 of West Virginia’s reopening is underway as of April 30, permitting outpatient healthcare operations to resume and daycare services to reopen. (April 30) 
  • Governor Justice provided additional guidelines to small businesses, restaurants with takeaway services, religious entities, and funeral homes as part of Week 2 operations under the previously revealed “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback” plan. (April 29 
  • Governor Justice unveiled “West Virginia Strong – The Comeback,” a phased plan to reopen the state over the next six weeks. (April 28 

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Justice issued an Executive Order which mandates all public and private golf courses follow proper cleaning protocols and take additional steps to ensure social distancingallows municipalities to delay an election previously scheduled by municipal charter prior to June 1 and allows a municipality to hold its election on the same date as the state primary election scheduled for June 9. (April 10)  
  • State park campgrounds were ordered closed. (March 30) 

Delivery Services:

  • Restaurant delivery services are permitted. (March 18)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • Governor Justice announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year (April 22)  
  • Governor Justice announced that a multi-agency State program to feed children during the ongoing statewide school shutdown has the capacity to provide students million meals per week (April 15)  
  • State officials indicated schools would be closed at least until April 15. (March 25) 
  • Schools in West Virginia are closed until further notice. (March 13) 

State Higher Education:

  • West Virginia University has moved its curriculum online for the rest of the semester. (March 18)

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