Governor Justice Taps a Coronavirus Czar to Fight the Pandemic

Gov. Jim Justice said he made a substantial request to White House for masks and medical equipment for the state and said he was making a West Virginia University administrator the state’s COVID-19 czar to help battle the pandemic. West Virginia Adjutant General James Hoyer said the state has made a request to the federal government, as well as made attempts to privately source a minimum of 5 million surgical masks, 2.5 million N95 respirators, 30,000 additional extraction kits for testing and 150,000 transport media sets used to transport swabs and specimens. WVU is loaning Dr. Clay Marsh, the vice president and executive dean for health sciences at the university, to the state to work with Dr. Cathy Slemp, commissioner for the state Bureau of Public Health, and Bill Crouch, secretary for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to battle the pandemic.

Road Work Continues on the Kanawha City Interchange

Nightly construction will resume on repairs at the Kanawha City Interchange, Exit 95, of Interstate 77/64. The West Virginia Parkways Authority said construction will be performed between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The entrance ramp onto I-77/64 Southbound will be closed through tonight. All other ramps will remain open to normal traffic. Overhead and portable message boards will be in place along the interstate and on secondary roads to alert drivers and provide detour options.

UC Will Hold Virtual Commencement

The University of Charleston has postponed its May commencement and instead will have a “virtual commencement” May 2 and allow graduates to participate in the December commencement ceremony. The university said regulations prohibiting large gatherings during the coronavirus crisis and the school’s priority to keep students and their friends and families, faculty and staff safe forced officials to rethink graduation this year. The university is asking each senior to upload of photo to be displayed during the university’s virtual commencement.

Judicial Annex Has A 4th Case of Coronavirus

A fourth employee of the Kanawha County Judicial Annex has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department is recommending that employees of the Judicial Annex isolate themselves until April 6 and monitor their temperatures twice daily and if they have other symptoms such as a cough or a shortness of breath, they should contact health care providers. The Judicial Annex remains closed. There are 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia.

WVDOH planning to do emergency & essential roadwork

The West Virginia Division of Highways has come up with a plan to do emergency and essential roadwork. They’ll reduce the number of workers on a crew, and will be split up into two crews that will work two-weeks on and two weeks off.

Man accused of stealing telephone line

A Mingo County man is under arrest for stealing telephone line. Albert Moore is accused of cutting and stealing the line from Frontier Communications, and did about five-thousand-dollars’ worth of damage.

FBI warning about coronavirus scammers

The FBI is sending out a warning, especially to people working from home, to be on the lookout for COVID-19 scams. Online scammers are trying to profit from consumer health concerns and are selling face products that claim to cure or prevent the disease.

COVID-19 cases double in Kanawha County

There are thirteen new cases of coronavirus in West Virginia, bringing the total statewide to 52. Kanawha County has seen a “significant increase.” The number of cases has double from Tuesday to 13.

WVU holding “virtual commencement experience”

WVU will not hold an in-person commencement ceremony. Instead, they’ll hold a “virtual commencement experience” on May 16th. WVU hopes to have an in-person ceremony in December.

Jefferson County Schools closed for the academic year

Schools in Jefferson County will be closed through the end of the academic year. All campus will remain closed and student will move to online learning only. Jefferson County is the location of the first confirmed case of COVID-19.