West Virginia Headline News
COVID-19 Cases At Huttonsville Exceed 100; State Jails Again Over Capacity
Advocates are renewing calls to test and reduce the state’s incarcerated population, as its jails are once again overcrowded and more than 100 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in a state prison.
Wed, 27 May 2020 22:40:09 +0000
West Virginia On Track To Make PPE And Other Vital Supplies In State
West Virginia is now poised to be able to produce its own personal protective equipment, swabs and ventilators in state to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. When the coronavirus hit, personal protective equipment was hard to come by, and state officials even put out a call for citizens to make homemade masks. Swabs used for the coronavirus tests and ventilators were also in short supply. The problem was twofold: Demand skyrocketed as the pandemic swept the globe, and many of these items were made overseas -- notably in China. So Gov. Jim Justice tasked the West Virginia National Guard to work with various entities across the state, including private companies, West Virginia University and even correctional facilities to develop “in-house” supply chains. At the daily virtual press briefing Wednesday, Adjutant General James Hoyer unveiled some of the products, including a portable ventilator. He said the federal government will test the units for potential use in the U.S. military
Wed, 27 May 2020 21:56:56 +0000
W.Va. Medical Marijuana Program Opens To Physician Registration
Starting Thursday, May 28, West Virginia will be one step closer to administering medical marijuana to qualifying residents. For the first time, West Virginia physicians will be permitted to begin the registration process to treat patients within the state who require medical marijuana.
Wed, 27 May 2020 20:40:26 +0000
Coal Executives Face Fines, Possible Jail Time Over Failure To Pay
Executives with Indiana-based coal company American Resources Corporation will face daily fines of $2,500 if they continue to flout court orders, according to filings in the bankruptcy case of Cambrian Coal.
Wed, 27 May 2020 19:58:57 +0000
As Economies Reopen, Former CDC Director Says Rural Americans At Higher Risk
As businesses in communities across Appalachia – and across the country – begin to reopen, Richard Besser has been vocal about the measures he feels should be met to counter the spread of COVID-19, most particularly, the disproportionate effect reopening too soon will have on underserved and marginalized communities. Besser served as acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Pres. Barack Obama and is now president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. RWJF is the largest private institution in the country devoted solely to improving the nation’s health. Besser is concerned about the challenges rural communities faced before and that are now more critical in the midst of the pandemic. He also worries that the pandemic is being “hyper-politicized.”
Wed, 27 May 2020 16:49:12 +0000