Gov. Justice and state officials provide an update for media on COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. 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.
Another death in West Virginia was reported since the Governor’s last news conference. That led him to begin his Wednesday briefing by offering his condolences to the family of the woman who died.
The Governor then focused on the situation in Monongalia County. There are 436 cases in that area with 321 of those in the age range of 18-29. He stated he may have to extend the closing of the bars in that county.
The limit in the gatherings to 25 people does not apply to essential services, the Governor said. He then addressed the requirement for masks in West Virginia. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) is now officially calling for all Americans to wear cloth face coverings. This came after West Virginia made the requirement on Monday.
The Governor announced neighboring states and large businesses are now also following the lead from WV. This includes Ohio and Kentucky and also Walmart.
The Governor praised the efforts made to feed school age children since March. The latest numbers show more than 13.5-million meals have been delivered.
Dr. Clay Marsh stated West Virginia is doing better on the R-T factor. The state is now fourth in the country for spreading the illness among the population. That is down from first, last week.
There is headway being made on finding a treatment for illness. Two pharmaceutical companies have completed phase 1 testing for their COVID-19 vaccine.
The School Clothing Allowance (SCA) program is being moved to an online format. This was previously only available in person. The application dates were changed and the DHHR will be providing that information in the coming weeks.
SCA provides funds for eligible West Virginia children to purchase clothing and shoes for back to school. Funds may also be used for the purchase of piece goods to sew clothing.
“By delaying the SCA application period, we can continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of clients and staff,” said Linda Watts, Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Children and Families. “Our goal is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep West Virginia families safe during this pandemic.”
In 2019, more than 42,000 West Virginia families received a school clothing allowance.
Maj. General Hoyer announced National Guardsmen assisted in the sanitization of churches in McDowell and Raleigh Counties.
Guidelines for small businesses on how to apply for COVID-19 grants, which is now available for those with only one employee, will be available on the Governor’s website on Wednesday afternoon. Here is a look at the information previously released on the subject: