- West Virginia State Advisories
- Facts about coronavirus
- Testing in West Virginia
- Voting in West Virginia
- Unemployment in West Virginia
- Receiving your stimulus check
- Small Business Help
- Food/Medicine resources in West Virginia
- Volunteering in West Virginia
- Protect yourself
- Coronavirus Plan that Justice could implement TODAY
- "Flattening the curve"
- What is WV Can't Wait?
State advisories and data
Please EMAIL US at email@example.com, if you know of ways West Virginians can help each other, or if you want to share information about your experience. Also, please read our full Coronavirus Plan for West Virginia, and then Sign the Petition urging Justice to take concrete action ensuring no one lacks access to testing, and no family is left without basic services.
- There are 1951 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia, and 74 deaths (as of 5/29/20 at 10:15am).
- See U.S. COVID -19 tracking information HERE, that is updated roughly once per day. (Scroll down on that page to see our state data.)
- International COVID-19 tracking information—country level—is HERE.
- A state of emergency has been declared for all 55 counties in West Virginia.
- After some resistance to calls from working people, a stay-at-home order was finally issued for the state... but as of 5/4 the Governor decided to lift the order, despite warnings that it was too early for any state to do so.
- There has also been some slowness to act with regard to state hotspots: only counties that have already become hotspots are being placed under a strict enforcement of the stay-at-home order. Counties under the stricter order included Kanawha, Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Cabell, Wayne, Ohio, Wood, and Jackson. As of 5/4, Ohio, Jackson, and Kanawha are no longer listed as hotspots.
- Here are projections showing what happens if all restrictions are lifted (Scroll down at that link to see the data. As of 5/4, 9,000 deaths are predicted if restrictions are lifted, and less than 1,000 if restrictions are maintained.)
- All West Virginia schools are closed. Here's where to see updates on public schools closures..
What we know about the virus
- The virus has a median 5.1 day incubation period, so a person can come into contact with the virus one day and not feel the effects until days later. About 97.5% of people who get infected will develop symptoms within 11.5 days of exposure. The CDC says symptoms start between 2 to 14 days after exposure.
- People can carry and spread the virus, but not have symptoms, especially younger people who are not immuno-compromised, and people who got sick and are recovering.
- Lots of misinformation is being shared about the virus, sometimes inadvertently.
- The virus can live in your respiratory tract for as many as 37 days (but it’s not clear how long someone might be infectious.)
- The virus can be spread through the air (i.e. the breath or cough of someone who has it), and early studies show it remains viable in the air for about 3 hours.
- There is some indication it can spread through the air even with asymptomatic people who are not coughing.
- The virus can remain on surfaces. It can remain on surfaces for up to 17 days, although it is not believed to spread easily that way.
- Regular household disinfectants are effective when used correctly.
- Most people will feel bad for about a week and then recover, while others will worsen.
- As of 3/18/20, there is a promising treatment for people who don’t have the severe disease [READ MORE], but still no vaccine or cure.
- The best thing we can do to preserve life and minimize risk is to “flatten the curve” (see below for more on this). We can avoid overwhelming our healthcare system by slowing the spread, so we don't have more people needing medical care than we have resources to provide that care.
Testing Food Voting
At all locations, testing is only provided if you meet criteria. According to the DHHR, these criteria include
- Showing symptoms AND hospitalized, in need of hospitalization, or at highest risk (such as people who are immune compromised or elderly)
- Showing symptoms AND a history of exposure in the last 14 days
Most locations will not test if you don’t call ahead, because of the scarcity of testing supplies. Some small or rural facilities need a call ahead to prepare for possible isolation measures if needed. So call ahead to make sure you qualify for a test, before driving to a site. If you are tested, results are expected in 3 to 4 days, with delays commonly reported based on the volume of tests being processed.
In our Coronavirus Plan for WV, we have called for community based testing, so that doctors can create symptom thresholds to diagnose patients, when swab or other tests are unavailable.
- Beckley ARH Hospital, 306 Stanaford Road, Beckley, WV 25801 | Call 606-439-7100 or visit arh.covid19.com.
- Raleigh General Hospital, 1710 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801 | Call ahead: 304-256-4100.
- Beckley-Raleigh Health Department. 1602 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801 | Call ahead: 304-255-8531.
- MedExpress Urgent Care Center, 520 Beckley Crossing Shopping Center, Beckley, WV 25801 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead 304-252-6639.
- Office of Dr. Ayne Amjad, 330 N Eisenhower Drive, Beckley, WV 25801| HOURS: Mon-Fri 10am – 12pm. Call ahead: 304-252-5900.
- United Hospital Center | HOURS: Mon-Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Patients without a valid order for testing should contact primary-care office to determine if they need a screening test, or they can contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000, Option 4.
- Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, 150 Duncan Road, Buckeye, WV 24924 Call ahead: 304-799-7400.
- Charleston Area Medical Center, Chesterfield Avenue, Kanawha City. They do not want calls; they prefer you use CAMC’s “24/7 Care” app, which allows FREE video chats with care providers. For those without a smart phone/computer or who have trouble downloading or installing the “24/7 Care” app, call 304-388-9200 for assistance signing up for “24/7 Care,” so you can then get connected with a provider at no cost. People answering that line can only assist you in signing up for the telehealth program; they cannot answer questions about coronavirus or prescribe tests.
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 1416 Maccorkle Ave. SW, Charleston, WV 25303 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8 am – 8pm. Call ahead: 304-744-7517.
- Sunnyside Health Center (located inside Kanawha/ Charleston Health Department), 108 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301 | HOURS: Tue-Thu 8am – 4pm. Call ahead: 681-205-2455.
- MedExpress Urgent Care Center, 101 Emily Dr., Clarksburg, WV 26301 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead: 304-623-5094.
- MedExpress Urgent Care Center, 613 Randolph Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead: 304-636-8422.
- Davis Medical Center, 812 Gorman Avenue, Elkins, 26241 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 5pm. Call ahead: 304.630.3088.
- MHC Forest Hill Clinic, 180 Old Schoolhouse Road, Forest Hill, WV 24935 | HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-3pm. Call ahead: 304-466-1152.
- Grafton High School, 400 Yates Avenue, Grafton WV 26354| HOURS: As needed from noon-4pm. Call ahead: 304-265-0400.
- Summers County Area Regional Hospital, 115 Summers Hospital Road, Hinton, WV 25951 | Call ahead: 606-439-7100.
- St. Mary’s Center for Education, 2853 5th Ave., Huntington, WV 25702| HOURS: Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm. NO call ahead number. Bring your doctor’s order for testing.
- MedExpress Urgent Care Center, 3120 US Route 60, Huntington, WV 25705 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead 304-522-3627
- Potomac Valley Hospital, 100 Pin Oak Ln., Keyser, WV 26726 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 10am – 4pm. Call ahead: 304-597-3500
- Kingwood Elementary School (parking lot) | HOURS: Mon-Fri 10am – noon and 1pm-4pm. Call ahead: 304-329-7285.
- MedExpress Urgent Care Center, 1560 Jefferson Street North, Lewisburg, WV 24901 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead: 304-645-2164.
- MedExpress Urgent Care Center, 123 Enterprise Drive, Logan, WV 25601 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead: 304-752-0183
- Boone Memorial Hospital, 701 Madison Avenue, Madison WV 25130 | Boone is currently screening without call aheads.
- Community Care, 821 3rd Avenue, Marlinton, WV | Enter through the back of the building; no appointment necessary. You may call 304-799-4404 for more information.
- Berkeley Medical Center, 2500 Hospital Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 10 am- 4 pm. Arrive with a testing order from your primary care physician, or contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 83 Retail Commons Parkway, Martinsburg, WV 25403 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8 am – 8 pm Call ahead 304-264-9730 before leaving your home.
- University Town Centre, 6040 University Town Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV 26501 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 10 am- 4 pm. Arrive with a testing order from your primary care physician, or contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.
- Mon Health – SurgiCare South entrance. HOURS: Monday-Friday 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 7pm. Call ahead: 304-285-3798.
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 956 Maple Drive, Morgantown, WV 26505 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am – 8pm. Call ahead: 304-291-5805.
- Chase Bank (parking lot), 215 Main St, Oak Hill, WV 25901 | HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm-3pm. No call-ahead number. Operated by Fayette County Health Department
- Mountain Laurel Medical Clinic, 119 Main St, Oak Hill, WV 25901 | Call ahead: 304-465-0544.
- Camden Clark Medical Center, 800 Garfield Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 10 am- 4 pm. Arrive with a testing order from your primary care physician, or contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 1500 Grand Central Avenue, Vienna, WV 26105 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm. Call ahead: 304-485-3627.
- Grant Memorial Hospital, 117 Hospital Drive, Petersburg WV 26847 | Call ahead: 304-257-1026.
- Monroe Health Center, 2869 Seneca Trail South, Peterstown WV 24963 | HOURS: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Call ahead: 304-753-4336.
- Princeton Community Hospital, 122 12th Street, Princeton, WV 24740 Call ahead: 304-487-7000, and you must also have a doctor’s order before you go. Drive up to the Parkview Center entrance portico, and remain in your vehicle. Someone from PCH will come to your vehicle window for registration, consent, and testing.
- Bluestone Health Center, 3997 Beckley Road, Princeton, WV 24740 | Call ahead: 304-431-5499.
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 277 Greasy Ridge Rd., Princeton, WV 24740 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm. Call ahead: 304-425-7615.
- Rainelle Medical Center, 176 Medical Center, Rainelle, WV 25962 | HOURS: 24 hours. Call ahead: 304-438-6188.
- Jefferson Medical Center, 300 South Preston St., Ranson, WV 25438 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 10 am – 4 pm. Arrive with a testing order from your primary care physician, or contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.
- Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, 1320 Maplewood Avenue, Ronceverte, WV 24970 | HOURS: Lobby open Mon-Fri 5:30 am – 5 pm, Emergency Room open 24 hours. Call ahead: 304-647-4411 At this time, the only access points for patients and visitors are through the Emergency Department and Front Lobby entrances. Screening is provided at those locations.
- Summersville Regional Medical Center, 400 Fairview Heights Road, Summersville, WV Call ahead: 304-872-2891
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 5870 Webster Rd., Summersville, WV 26651 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm. Call ahead: 304-872-3709
- Monroe Health Center, 200 Health Center Drive, Union WV 24983 | HOURS: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm. Call ahead: 304-772-3064.
- Welch Community Hospital, 454 McDowell Street, Welch, WV 24801 | Call ahead: 304-436-8461
- Market Place Shopping Center, 100 Market Place Mall, Weston WV 26452 | HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. Call ahead: 304-517-1584.
- Wheeling Park parking lot | HOURS: Mon-Sat 10 am- 4 pm. Call ahead: 304-221-3995.
- MedExpress Urgent Care, 10 Elm Grove Crossing Mall, Wheeling, WV 26003 | HOURS: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm. Call ahead: 304-242-4228.
—Voter registration deadline is Tuesday, May 19.—
—Early voting (in person) is May 27 – June 6 at certain designated polling places during normal business hours and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. We recommend: STAY HOME AND REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT INSTEAD—
—Request your absentee ballot deadline is June 3 (but don’t wait until the last minute!). You can request your absentee ballot by filling our THIS FORM and returning to your county clerk by June 3.—
—Return your absentee ballot by hand (June 8), by mail (June 9, but must be received by either June 15, or June 10 if there is no postmark)—
What is the process for voting from home during the pandemic?
- Step 1: The Secretary of State is ensuring all West Virginians are mailed ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST FORMS the week of April 6th. Look out for this in your mailbox! This is the form you must use to request your ballot so you can vote by mail.
- Step 2: Complete that ballot request form. In section 4a of the form, you will choose the “illness” option as the reason for voting absentee under the current circumstances.
- Step 3: Return that form to your County Clerk by June 3rd, in person or preferably by mail. Here’s the address of every WV County Clerk. (Send it now, don’t wait until the last minute!)
- Step 4: Receive your official absentee ballot in the mail. Now you can vote!
- Step 5: Complete that absentee ballot. (See all WV Can’t Wait candidates HERE).
- Step 6: Return your filled-out absentee ballot to your County Clerk no later than June 9th. Here’s the address of every WV County Clerk.
How is this different from previous elections?
In previous elections, voters would have had to have an illness, disability or some other reason to justify receiving an absentee ballot. Because of the state of emergency, any West Virginian who is staying home to help stop the spread of the virus is now eligible to apply for a ballot to come in the mail. There is no further requirement, other than filling out the form and checking the first box which reads “Illness, injury, or other medical reason which keeps me confined.”
Can I help someone else get an absentee ballot application?
Yes. For folks who don’t have a printer and need help getting hold of an application, you can help them do so. But the voter needs to complete the form in their own hand-writing unless they are physically unable to do so.
Could my County Clerk send me an application?
Here is a list of County Clerks. They are not required by law to send you one without an official request form, but they likely will.
If I request an absentee ballot, can I still vote in-person if I choose?
Yes, but you must bring the ballot with you in-person to make certain that your ballot is not being double-counted.
I have a question that isn’t answered above. What do I do?
The Secretary of State’s office is very responsive. You can call 304.558.6000.
How can I help check in on my neighbors and make sure they have this information?
Become Neighborhood Captain with the Smith for WV Campaign to help educate voters in your county about coronavirus resources and absentee voting. Sign-up, or contact Candidate for Governor Stephen Smith at Stephen@wvcantwait.com.
You can track your absentee ballot HERE.
Read full instructions about the process HERE.
How do I file for unemployment?
- Step 1. Visit Workforce WV and click “START HERE.”
- Step 2. Choose option 1: “to file a new/additional unemployment claim”
- Step 3. Complete the information and submit! (Make sure to indicate this is COVID-related. It will save you steps later!)
Don’t have internet? Call 800-252-JOBS (800-252-5627)
What information do I need to have?
- Your SSN#
- Your Address
- Employer name, address, zip code, telephone, contact
- Dates of employment for ALL employers over last 18 months
- Your Debit Card or bank account information to receive payment
Who is eligible?
- You, if you lost a job, lost hours, or if you are prevented from working due to the virus because you are sick, at-risk, or because your company closed or cut back.
- This includes people who are self-employed/ small business owners.
- The governor has said “to the maximum extent permitted under federal law.”
How is this different from the old rules?
- No more 1 week waiting period
- No more requirement that you are searching for work
- Self-employed people are included
- You have to re-file each week. Log in to your Workforce WV account and click “To File Your Weekly Certification of Benefits”, or file by calling 800-379-1032.
I have a question that’s not answered above. What do I do? Call 1800.252.JOBS or visit workforcewv.org.
Is my family eligible? And for how much?
Most West Virginians are eligible. For families making $75,000 or less, individual adults will receive $1,200 each ($2,400 for couples) — plus $500 per dependent child 17 years of age or younger.
For individuals with greater than $75,000/year in income–the amount will be reduced by $5 for every additional $100 of adjusted gross income.
The income thresholds are doubled for couples.
Who is NOT eligible?
Individuals making more than $99,000, and couples making more than $198,000 will receive nothing.
Also, if you have not yet filed your taxes in 2018 or 2019, please do so. Unless you are on Social Security (see below), you must have filed in 2018 or 2019 to be eligible.
What about adult dependents and college students?
Adult dependents 18 years of age and older will not receive $1200, and their parents will not receive the $500 either. Students in West Virginia are fighting this. Join them by signing the PETITION.
When will we get our check?
Most people will receive their check by Direct Deposit “within three weeks” — by April 23rd. If you set-up direct deposit on your most recent tax return, you don’t need to do anything new. It will come to you automatically. Checks may take longer. One memo shared by the White House suggested it might be up to 4-5 months before every eligible household receives payment.
What about people with Social Security?
Social Security recipients will automatically receive payment even if they have not filed recent tax returns. If you normally receive your SS payments by direct deposit, you will receive your stimulus the same way. If you normally receive your SS payment by check, expect a check. FULL RELEASE.
Will the Stimulus check be taxed?
What types of support are eligible to me as a small business owner during the crisis?
- If your business closes down, small business owners and the self-employed can apply for unemployment benefits during the crisis. Apply at workforcewv.org. Please note that in addition to your state unemployment benefits, you will also receive $600 per week in additional federal benefits–due to the stimulus. Also note that you’ll need to re-file for unemployment each week.
- To help your business stay open, you can apply for short-term SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. This assistance starts at $10,000, and there is a limited amount of loans available. The word “loan” is somewhat misleading. If you use your loan on things like rent or payroll, to keep your business open, you will not need to repay those funds. APPLY HERE. This YouTube tutorial has been recommended by some WV small business owners.
- For longer term assistance to help you cover payroll, you can also apply for Paycheck Protection: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program-ppp. The main difference between the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance and Paycheck Protection, is that Paycheck Protection has more money to distribute, became live later (April 3rd), and is generally a more involved process. We encourage folks to contact your bank for help in applying for Paycheck Protection.
How big is a “small business”?
500 employees or less.
Are there any other options and resources?
Yes. Here’s the FULL LIST of federal relief options.
Should I stay open during the crisis? How do I prepare a safe work environment?
Here’s GUIDANCE from the federal government:
Here’s a LINK to all essential and non-essential businesses included in West Virginia’s Stay at Home order.
My question isn’t answered above. What do I do?
The WV Department of Commerce is a good place to start (304.558.2234). If you get stuck, you can always contact our candidate for Governor Stephen Smith directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folks are coming together all across West Virginia to try to keep people fed safely and make certain there is access to prescription medications, however the methods vary by county. The most reliable source of information on this is a website maintained by volunteers.
You can see that information HERE —find the food/medicine resources for your county.
If you know of resources not listed on that site, they would welcome more information. Please contact them!
What we can do to protect ourselves
- Wash our hands frequently; avoid touching our faces.
- Physical distancing is a must. This means not gathering in groups and not coming within 6 feet of other people in public.
- While N95 masks should be reserved for medical personnel, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask when out in public.
- Here are good DIY instructions for making a no-sew mask from a bandanna and ponytail holders.
- For those who sew, here are instructions for making sewn masks for yourself and your family.
If you're an employer: Where it's possible, allow employees to work from home. Provide paid sick days, and a safe working environment. Don’t require employees to work in close quarters without proper equipment to protect themselves. They may be vulnerable or have someone vulnerable at home.
If you're a worker: Work from home if you're able. Wash your hands. Wear a mask if you must work near people. Avoid public gatherings. Stay home from work when you're sick.
We know staying home from work when you're sick is a big ask for many who don't get paid sick days. Part of the problem with our system is that most working people have no cushion: We can't afford to take unpaid sick days, much less any time in the hospital.
A Coronavirus Plan that Justice could implement TODAY
Our healthcare system has a FINITE CAPACITY. That means that if more people get sick than we can care for, the consequences could be dire. To protect the health of senior and immune-compromised family, friends, and neighbors, all of us are facing financial hardship.
- No one should lose their job because they're ill or quarantined.
- No one should lose their home because they're ill or quarantined.
- No one should have utilities turned off because they're ill or quarantined.
- No one should go hungry because they're ill or quarantined.
- And no one should be punished for doing the right thing.
It's up to our government officials to take responsible action that will allow us to flatten the curve so our healthcare system doesn't get overwhelmed.
Read our full Coronavirus Plan for West Virginia for details.
Flatten the Curve
What is WV Can’t Wait?
WV Can’t Wait is a movement to win a people’s government in the mountain state. 93 candidates for office have signed the WV Can’t Wait pledge promising never to cross a picket line, never to hide from a debate, and never to take corporate cash.
It’s up to all of us to take action now to protect ourselves and our communities against the virus. But we must also fight for a government that is better prepared for these sorts of crises. That’s what WV Can’t Wait is trying to do.
Here are ways you can get more involved in the campaign:
- Volunteer for the campaign from home.
- Schedule a call with Stephen to talk about your experience with the virus (or an other issue).
- Like our Facebook page and tune in for Stephen's LIVE updates every night but Saturday.
- Sign the Petition urging Justice to start taking concrete action to make sure no one lacks access to testing, and no family is left without basic services.
- Most of all, vote for a slate of not-for-sale candidates--including Stephen Smith for governor--who will put people over profits.