Marshall Child Development Academy temporarily closed

The Child Development Academy at Marshall University is temporarily closed due to a potential COVID-19 exposure. An immediate family member of an infant enrolled at the center tested positive for the virus and began exhibiting symptoms over the weekend and is presumed positive.

Morgantown Extends Outdoor Dining

Morgantown city officials have extended an outdoor dining program initially put in place as a coronavirus safety precaution. The no fee outdoor dining permit program will now run until Dec. 31, and applications can be found on the city’s website. Morgantown set up the program to allow businesses to operate outdoors while complying with virus rules issued in May.

Day Report Center at the Sheriff’s Office is Closed For Two Weeks

Two employees at the Kanawha County Day Report Center have tested positive for the coronavirus. Officials said both cases appear to be travel-related and both employees are doing well. As a result of the positive tests, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said he is closing the facility until Aug. 24.

WiFi Hotspots Will Be Added Around The State To Help Students

Gov. Jim Justice says WiFi hotspots will be set up around the state to give students the option to take virtual classes when schools are scheduled to reopen in September. The governor said he has committed $6 million to install more than 1,000 Wifi hotspots at schools, libraries and state parks across the state so students can access online courses when schools restart. The governor also said the state is developing a color-coded system for grading a county’s coronavirus levels. Justice said the ability for schools to have sporting events will also hinge on the upcoming color-coded system.

WVSU Renames Building

A campus building and its surrounding property at West Virginia State University have been named in honor of the school’s former president and his wife. The university’s Board of Governors approved naming the facilities after former WVSU President Hazo Carter and his wife, Judge Phyllis Carter. The Carters served as president and first lady of WVSU from 1987 to 2012. They passed away in 2014. The Dr. Hazo W. Carter Jr. Integrated Research and Extension Building is located on the site of the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center property on the university’s Institute campus.

Cabell County Schools Purchase Extra PPE

Cabell County Schools will bring in a lot of personal protective equipment to fight the spread of COVID-19. Superintendent Ryan Saxe said they’ve ordered 200,000 face masks to cover students and staff, but students can also bring their own. The school system has also bought 10,000 portable desk shields, which will act as barriers between students. Each classroom will have an electrostatic sprayer to disinfect, as well as hand sanitizer stations.

Boone County Courts Close Again

The closure of Boone County courts has been extended. Portions of the court system in the county were closed July 31 due to the virus and had been set to be closed through Friday, Aug. 7. The closure has been extended until further notice. The circuit clerk’s office will be open by appointment only. Circuit court will conduct all hearings virtually.

WVSU students don’t thing TikTok should be banned

President Trump says he will ban the Chinese-own company TikTok in 45-days if the company doesn’t sell to a US buyer. Trump says the app is a threat to U.S. security and information. It’s primarily used by 16-to-24-year olds, and students at West Virginia State University say they see it everywhere on campus, and don’t think banning the app will make a difference. Microsoft is considering buying TikTok in the U.S. market.

Ballard takes over West Virginia Regional Technology Park

The West Virginia Regional Technology Park is under new management. Matt Ballard will become the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the research park in South Charleston. Ballard says the Technology Park is a great recruiting tool to bring emerging businesses and high tech start up companies to West Virginia.

Face masks are working in WV

Vice president for health sciences at WVU and the state’s coronavirus czar, Dr. Clay Marsh, attributes the improvement in coronavirus numbers to more West Virginian’s wearing face masks in public. The state has gone from among the works in the country to among the best.