COVID-19 RESPONSE

As of March 31, there are 145 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in West Virginia. You can track the testing results across WV here

A stay-at-home order has been issued for West Virginia, starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24. Click here for a summary of what a stay-at-home order means

 

On the Kanawha County Commission, we’ve taken steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 by activating the Emergency Operation Center, implementing plans for first responders, encouraging limited access to public buildings, permitting non-essential employees and those with child care issues to work from home, and following federal guidance from the CDC. 

 

We all need to do our part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. In West Virginia we look after each other and it’s critical that we are all part of the solution to beat this virus and save lives by taking guidance from the CDC seriously. I want to thank everyone on the frontlines of this pandemic for their selflessness. We owe a debt of gratitude to our doctors, nurses, first responders, those stocking grocery store shelves, and to the WV school service personnel stepping up to make sure our children get fed. 

 

Here are some important facts from the Center for Disease Control website.

 

It’s critical to know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit

  • Limit movement in the community

  • Limit visitors
     

How to Protect Yourself

 

  • Clean your hands often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
       

  • Avoid close contact

 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

    • Throw used tissues in the trash.

    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
       

  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

    • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
       

  • Clean and disinfect

    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


 

ABOUT COVID-19 and How it Spreads

 

  • Person-to-person spread

    • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. [CDC.gov]

 

  • Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

    • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. [CDC.gov]


 

Meals for Children and Seniors

 

All schools in WV will be closed through at least Friday, March 27, 2020. Here is a link with information on how children can eat during school closings


 

For more information about meals for seniors and in-home services, click here

Unemployment Benefits

 

Several requirements to qualify for unemployment benefits have been waived in response to COVID-19, including the one-week waiting period, the able and available to work requirement, and the work search requirement. Benefits may also be available to anyone under isolation or quarantine, regardless of their ability to access COVID-19 testing.

 

To learn more or apply for benefits, click here or call 1-800-252-JOBS. 

 

Small Business Owners

 

Small businesses in West Virginia suffering economic losses due to COVID-19 may qualify for low-interest federal disaster loans through the Small Business Administration. To learn more about the loan program, click here or call 1-800-659-2955.

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