COVID-19

UPDATES ON COVID-19 efforts, Tuesday, April 7, 2020:
According to research, we are headed towards our peak around April 14th. 4 West Virginians have lost their lives. WV has 412 positive cases, up 67 from yesterday. 12,059 tests have been completed. https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
 
Kanawha is one of 6 counties with a spike in cases, is under a more strict executive order: https://bit.ly/2RgOK3K
Stay home and stay safe. Help protect our medical professionals, first responders, grocery and drug store employees and all essential services employees.
AMERICAN RED CROSS is asking for greatly needed blood donations. Call (800) 733-2767 to make an appointment to give.
LOCAL BUSINESSES:
Let’s support our local businesses and employees. You can pick up a meal or purchase gift certificates.
 
 
WV SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER:
Help and advice is available, including how to apply for a small business loan through the federal Covid-19 program: https://www.wvsbdc.com/covid19.
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE:
Workforce WV has been overwhelmed with folks applying. The WV National Guard is helping to clear the backlog and they are processing claims 24/7. Keep trying. The $600 additional payment from the federal relief program is being added this week. START HERE: https://workforcewv.org/
SCHOOLS:
All schools will remain closed to students at least through April 30th. A return date is not yet established. For information go to: https://wvde.us/COVID19/
KANAWHA feeding program:
A 5-day supply of breakfast and lunch will be delivered on Mondays by the school bus drivers. Telephones are being answered at both the board office and schools. Go here for more info: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/Article/5690/kcs-coronavirus-plan-for-schools
PUTNAM feeding program:
A 5-day supply of breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup on Fridays at Hurricane High School, George Washington Middle School and several other sites around the county including in Buffalo, Poca, Winfield and Hurricane. More details here: http://www.putnamschools.com/headlines_and_features/coronavirus___c_o_v_i_d-19__awareness
KANAWHA COUNTY AND CHARLESTON:
All county and city services will continue as normal. For questions call the Metro 911 non-emergency number at (304) 744-6843.
PUTNAM COUNTY:
Call the County Commission at (304) 586-0201 with questions about services.
SENIOR CENTERS:
Kanawha:
Seniors can come in and pick up meals. Home deliveries will not change. Call (304) 348-0707 with questions or needs.
Putnam:
They are fully prepared to meet the needs of seniors in their feeding program, including expanding meal delivery. Call (304)755-2385 with questions or needs.
PRIMARY ELECTION:
5/19: deadline to register to vote in primary
5/27 – 6/6: Early voting
6/3: deadline to apply for an absentee ballot
6/9: Primary election
More info and to get an absentee ballot: https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Pages/GoVoteWV.aspx
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS:
Consider gloves and/or a facemask in public. DO NOT STOP thorough and frequent hand washing, hands away from face, sneezing or coughing into tissue or arm, keep at least 6 feet apart from others in public, no shaking hands or close contact, stay away from large gatherings. Check on our family, friends and neighbors.
For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, you can call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-877-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.
NO VISITORS policy for all CAMC Health System hospitals starting TODAY, Friday, March 20, 2020:
 
Things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 response. As the situation changes, CAMC is making adjustments quickly.
 
After careful consideration of the safety of our patients and workforce, CAMC has made the very difficult decision to implement a NO VISITOR policy effective today, March 20. Operational leadership in each hospital has been advised and will begin working to ensure a reasonable transition for essential caregivers.
 
This includes all of CAMC's hospitals, emergency rooms and outpatient clinics.
 
The no visitor policy also includes the essential caregiver. No one will be permitted to be with the patient with a few exceptions. One essential caregiver will be permitted in pediatrics, labor and delivery and the NICU for the duration of the patient's stay.
 
End of life care will be authorized on a case-by-case basis.
 
For outpatient clinics and emergency room visits, family members will not be allowed to accompany their loved ones into the office or exam room unless absolutely necessary. If an essential caregiver is needed for assistance, only one person may accompany a patient and the caregiver will be asked to wait in their vehicle during the appointment.
 
Authorized persons will be identified with a badge provided to them at the entrance screening checkpoints. Additional visitors will not be permitted in the lobby areas.
UPDATES ON COVID-19 FOR WEST VIRGINIANS, SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020:
 
 
WV GAZETTE-MAIL: all news articles regarding COVID-19 are free to view here: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/coronavirus/
 
 
WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS:
All schools will remain closed to students through at least Friday, March 27. A return date is not yet established.
 
Essential staff, as determined by each county board of education, will report Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 to develop continuity plans for students.
 
All teachers, staff, and school service personnel will report Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20.
 
All county boards of education will be fully prepared to begin delivering instruction and other student supports beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020.
 
Contact your county office for additional information about feeding sites or meal delivery plans, and you may call 211 for general community resources to assist with basic needs.
 
County boards of education will determine staff requirements for Monday, March 23 forward.
 
For information go to: https://wvde.us/COVID19/
 
 
SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS:
Plans for each county can be found here: https://wvde.us/covid19/feeding-site-information/?fbclid=IwAR0NFiMY0iC6jiVUkwhBz-21PIpULS-ZxvUMPIVI1EQTBptUcSGdEiSpliI
 
KANAWHA COUNTY SCHOOLS:
ALL 68 schools will begin bus delivery of lunch and breakfast beginning at 10:30 on Monday March 16, 2020.
 
Each bus will follow the regular bus routes and drop off meals on each bus run.
 
Meals will also be available at all 68 schools for parents who self transport or for schools that have no bus runs.
 
Lunches will be provided for the current day and breakfast shall be provided to cover the following morning’s meal.
 
Meal preparation sites:
Capital HS
Riverside HS
South Charleston HS
Nitro HS
HERBERT Hoover/ELKVIEW MS
St ALBANS HS
SISSONVILLE HS
Chandler Academy
 
 
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS:
Monday, March 16th:
Curbside pick-up meals only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Locations: GW Middle School
Hurricane Middle
 
Tuesday, March 17th:
Curbside pick-up meals only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Locations: All county schools will provide hot lunch meals and a breakfast bag for the next day.
 
 
PUTNAM COUNTY BACKPACK BUDDIES:
The following locations will be available for lunch pickups on Monday, 11:30 am until 12:30 pm:
Lunch generously provided by Fireside Grille. Lunches are free and open to all Putnam County students.
 
Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (parking lot)
Teays Valley Church of the Nazarene (drive thru under the portico, lunches will
Hometown Independent Mission
Buffalo High School (parking lot)
Poca Elementary (parking lot)
Winfield Church of the Nazarene (drive thru under the portico)
Church at the Depot (drive thru under the portico)
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/backpackbuddiesputnam/
 
 
LOCAL BUSINESSES OFFERING FREE LUNCHES TO STUDENTS:
https://wchstv.com/news/local/multiple-local-businesses-offering-free-meals-for-students
 
 
KROGER RESTOCKING:
Monday, 3/16: Kroger stores will open at 6 a.m., close at 10 p.m.
Tuesday, 3/17: Kroger stores will open at 7 a.m., close at 10 p.m. until further notice.
Kroger fuel center hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 
 
KANAWHA COUNTY AND CHARLESTON:
All county and city services will continue as normal. For questions call the Metro 911 non-emergency number at (304) 744-6843.
 
 
PUTNAM COUNTY:
is coordinating services for residents. The Commission will meet Wednesday with all Putnam County public officials to develop a long-term plan. Call the County Commission at (304) 586-0201 with questions.
 
 
SENIOR CENTERS:
Kanawha:
KVSS has canceling group activities. They will stop congregant meals on 3/19. Seniors can come in and pick up meals. Home deliveries will not change. Call (304) 348-0707 with questions or needs.
 
Putnam:
They are fully prepared to meet the needs of seniors in their feeding program, including expanding meal delivery. They have not set a date for congregant meals to end. Call (304)755-2385 with questions or needs.
 
 
LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES:
this is going to be very hard on our local businesses and their employees. Please keep them in mind. You can pick up a meal, purchase gift certificates, etc.
 
 
PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS:
include thorough and frequent hand washing, hands away from face, sneezing or coughing into your arm, keeping at least 6 feet apart from others in public, no shaking hands or close contact, staying away from large gatherings. Check on our family, friends and neighbors.
 
 
For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, you can call the State’s toll-free
hotline at 1-800-877-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.

 

 

 

NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY/UPDATES ON COVID-19 FOR WEST VIRGINIANS, FRIDAY, MARCH 13TH, 5:00 pm:

This is a troubling time, but we will get through it together. Being cautious will protect the most vulnerable among us. Let's be patient and kind with one another.

Here are the latest updates I have:

 

President Trump has declared a national state of emergency to allow federal aid to more easily flow to state and local governments.

 

WV Schools: The Governor has closed schools through April 10th. I spoke with Dr. Duerring, Superintendent of Kanawha schools and Dr. Hudson, Superintendent of Putnam schools. They have a 5 pm meeting with the State Board of Education to plan how counties will feed students.

 

Feeding Students: I spoke with Amanda Harrison, Director of the Office of Child Nutrition in the WV Department of Education. They will have plenty food to feed students and will be coordinating with the county Boards of Education to get meals out to the students.

 

Governor Manchin announced this morning that the US Department of Agriculture approved a waiver for the WV Office of Child Nutrition to help to feed children meals while they are out of school following the Summer Food Service Program and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option guidelines.

 

Kanawha County Feeding Plan: Each of the eight high schools will serve as food prep sites for bagged lunches. Bagged lunches will be available at the high schools beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day and going until noon or 12:30. Buses will also transport bagged meals to each of the feeder elementary and middle schools. Bagged meals will be available at all feeder schools between 11 a.m. – noon. After Monday, a a more precise schedule for elementary and middle schools should be available. This program will begin on Monday, March 16. See facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/KCSWV/

 

Seniors Centers:

Kanawha:  I spoke with Dr. Jorea Marple, board member of Kanawha Valley Senior Services. They are canceling group activities. They will stop congregant meals on 3/19. Seniors can come in and pick up meals. Home deliveries will not change. Call (304) 348-0707 with questions.

Putnam:  I spoke with Jenni Southerland, Director of Putnam Aging. She said they are fully prepared to meet the needs of seniors in their feeding program, including expanding meal delivery. They have not set a date for congregant meals to end. Call (304)755-2385 with questions.

 

Kanawha County/City of Charleston: I spoke with Commissioner Salango. He, Commissioners Carper and Shores and Mayor Goodwin announced today that Kanawha County will have a unified command at the Kanawha County Health Department. Everything dealing with the health emergency will be coordinated through the command. All county and city services will continue as normal. Events at Charleston venues are restricted to less than 250 people. Events at Shawnee Sports Complex are postponed. For questions call the Metro 911 non-emergency number at (304) 744-6843. See facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/CityCharlestonWV/

 

Putnam County: I spoke with Commissioner Andy Skidmore. The county is coordinating services for residents. The Commission will meet next Wednesday with all Putnam County public officials to put in place an ongoing plan. Call the County Commission at (304) 586-0201 with questions.

WV American Water: No one will be cut off from water during the crisis.

 

Small businesses: this is going to be very hard on our local businesses and their employees. Please keep them in mind. You can pick up a meal, purchase a gift certificate, etc.

 

Personal precautions: include thorough and frequent hand washing, hands away from face, sneezing or coughing into your arm, keeping at least 6 feet apart from others in public, no shaking hands or close contact, staying away from large gatherings. Check on our family, friends and neighbors.

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