Virus Information

Daily Coronavirus Update – March 19, 2020manchin.senate.gov/coronavirusWV Department of Health and Human Services website: www.coronavirus.wv.gov
TESTING / COLLECTION LOCATIONS
This is the main question my office is receiving: Where can I get a test? Please note that this is not a comprehensive list; there may be more testing sites out there that are added daily.  In order to provide as much reliable information as possible, I am including testing sites that are verified through an official communication or news release.I will keep this section of my newsletter and my website as up-to-date as possible.  For any organizations or health care organizations who would like their site listed, or who have updates on their hours or requirements, please email me at [email protected] .
It is recommended that you seek testing only when you begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Click here to view the screening criteria. To report your symptoms and be directed to one of the available testing sites, contact your primary care doctor or a designated hotline for your area. Most, if not all, sites require a physician’s order before testing. If you have gone through these steps and are still having issues getting a test, please email me at [email protected] and a member of my staff will reach out to you to see if we can assist.Locations and hours will be updated daily.
BECKLEYLOCATION: Beckley ARH Hospital, 306 Stanaford Road, Beckley, WV 25801
Testing if you meet criteria.For ARH COVID-19 updates and information call 606-439-7100 or visit arhcovid19.com.  

BECKLEYLOCATION: Raleigh General Hospital, 1710 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801
Testing if you meet criteria set by state and local guidelines. Call 304-256-4100 for information.  

BECKLEYLOCATION: Beckley-Raleigh Health Department. 1602 Harper Road, Beckley, WV 25801
Testing if you meet state criteria set by state and federal guidelines. Call 304-255-8531 for information.  

BRIDGEPORTLOCATION: United Hospital Center
HOURS: Mon-Sun 10 am – 4 pmPatients without a valid order for testing should contact primary-care office to determine if they need a screening test. They can also contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.Tests will be reserved for people who meet screening criteria based on CDC recommendations and are sick with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The testing itself will be supported by both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will process the specimens that WVU Medicine collects from patients. Patients will typically learn test results in three-to-four days, although time will likely vary based on the volume of tests these two companies will be performing. BUCKEYELOCATION: Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, 150 Duncan Road, Buckeye, WV 24924Testing is available. This facility is following state and federal guidelines to determine whether a test should be administered. Patients who present fever, cough or shortness of breath or have had potential exposure to COVID-19 should call ahead at 304-799-7400 to alert staff so isolation measures can be implemented as soon as possible if needed. CHARLESTONLOCATION: Sunnyside Health Center located inside Kanawha/Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301

HOURS: Tue-Thu 8 am – 4 pm

Patients should call first – 681-205-2455.

CHARLESTONLOCATION: CAMC, Chesterfield Avenue, Kanawha City

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are concerned about COVID-19/Coronavirus, you can use CAMC’s 24/7 Care app to talk to a provider FREE – anytime, day or night. It only takes a few minutes to download the 24/7 Care app and set up an account. Then you can request a free visit using coupon code COVID. A CAMC provider will call you or video chat with you to talk about your symptoms and give you information about what to do should you need screened for Coronavirus.If you do not have a smart phone or computer or if you have trouble downloading the 24/7 Care app, call (304) 388-9200 for assistance. We will help you sign up for 24/7 Care and get connected with a provider at no cost. Please do not call this number with general health questions about Coronavirus; we can only assist you with 24/7 Care. For general questions and concerns about COVID-19/Coronavirus, call the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources hotline at 1-800-887-4304.

If a patient follows the above 24/7 care process and is given an order for the COVID-19 test, then they  are given directions to a site off campus for drive-thru testing. HUNTINGTONLOCATION: St. Mary’s Center for Education, 2853 5th Ave., Huntington, WV 25702

HOURS: Opening Thursday, March 20, 2020 at 1 pm
Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm

Individuals with a valid order from a doctor will be allowed to be tested. Individuals should bring their physician order, insurance information and a valid ID. MADISONLOCATION: Boone Memorial Hospital, 701 Madison Avenue, Madison WV 25130Upon arrival to Boone Memorial Hospital or one of its clinics, a soft screening of all staff, visitors and those presenting for care will be completed. A soft screening consists of a few simple questions to assess possible symptoms or things which may put one at high risk such as travel history, possible exposure to COVID-19, etc. In addition, temperatures will be taken for all staff, visitors and those presenting for care.

For precautionary measures, Boone Memorial Hospital has erected tents and walls to allow for additional triage stations to quickly identify those presenting with COVID-19 symptoms via the screening measures mentioned above. Those in which symptoms are present will be segregated and directed accordingly by hospital staff to undergo further evaluation. Learn more here. MARLINTONLOCATION: Community Care, 821 3rd Avenue, Marlinton, WVAll patients should enter through back of building. No appointment necessary. Call 304-799-4404 for more information. MARTINSBURGLOCATION: Berkeley Medical Center, 2500 Hospital Dr., Martinsburg, WV 25401

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. They can also contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.Tests will be reserved for people who meet screening criteria based on CDC recommendations and are sick with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

The testing itself will be supported by both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will process the specimens that WVU Medicine collects from patients. Patients will typically learn test results in three-to-four days, although time will likely vary based on the volume of tests these two companies will be performing.
MORGANTOWNLOCATION: University Town Centre, 6040 University Town Centre Drive, Morgantown, WV 26501

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. They can also contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.Tests will be reserved for people who meet screening criteria based on CDC recommendations and are sick with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

The testing itself will be supported by both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will process the specimens that WVU Medicine collects from patients. Patients will typically learn test results in three-to-four days, although time will likely vary based on the volume of tests these two companies will be performing. MORGANTOWNLOCATION: Mon Health is setting up its first drive-through testing site at the main campus in the SurgiCare South entrance.HOURS: Monday-Friday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 7pm.Before coming, patients must pre-screen and pre-register by calling the COVID-19 Patient Outreach Line at (304) 285-3798. Once registered, patients may come to the drive-through site to receive their swab.

PARKERSBURGLOCATION: Camden Clark Medical Center, 800 Garfield Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101

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. They can also contact the WVU Medicine Nurse Navigator line at 304-598-6000 Option 4.Tests will be reserved for people who meet screening criteria based on CDC recommendations and are sick with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

The testing itself will be supported by both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will process the specimens that WVU Medicine collects from patients. Patients will typically learn test results in three-to-four days, although time will likely vary based on the volume of tests these two companies will be performing. PETERSBURGLOCATION: Grant Memorial Hospital, 117 Hospital Drive, Petersburg WV 26847If you are concerned about possibly having the COVID-19 virus, please contact the Hospital’s main number at (304) 257- 1026 and request to speak to the ER Nurse before coming to the Hospital or local clinics. The ER Nurse will ask questions to evaluate and assess your symptoms prior to your visit. PRINCETONLOCATION: Princeton Community Hospital, 122 12th Street, Princeton, WV 24740

Princeton Community Hospital is testing if criteria is met. Call 304-487-7000 before you go.

PRINCETONLOCATION: Bluestone Health Center, 3997 Beckley Road, Princeton, WV 24740

If you have traveled out of Country and have a fever with respiratory symptoms or have been exposed to the Coronavirus please call ahead to 304-431-5499 and remain in your vehicle. SUMMERSVILLELOCATION: Summersville Regional Medical Center, 400 Fairview Heights Road, Summersville, WV

Hospital testing if you meet testing criteria set by state and federal guidelines. Call 304-872-2891 before visiting.

WELCHLOCATION: Welch Community Hospital, 454 McDowell Street, Welch, WV 24801

Only testing those that have fever and present symptoms as set by state and federal guidelines. Call 304-436-8461 before visiting. WHEELINGLOCATION: Wheeling Park parking lot

HOURS: Mon-Sat 10 am- 4 pm

To get pre-screened, contact your primary care physician or call Wheeling Hospital COVID-19 Line: 304-221-3995.Tests will be reserved for people who meet screening criteria based on CDC recommendations and are sick with symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

The testing itself will be supported by both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp, which will process the specimens that WVU Medicine collects from patients. Patients will typically learn test results in three-to-four days, although time will likely vary based on the volume of tests these two companies will be performing.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND THE ECONOMY
West Virginians who may lose their paycheck need a lifeline.  Senator Manchin has been advocating to waive unemployment regulations and today it was confirmed.  For more information, click here or call WorkForce WV at 1-800-252-5627.West Virginians applying for unemployment benefits should not to go to a local unemployment office in person but rather to apply online or by telephone at 1-800-252-JOBS, which is 1-800-252-5627. Click here to learn how to apply for unemployment benefits.
RESOURCES
FOR PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND THE ELDERLY

According to the CDC, early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

Older adults
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
Heart disease
Diabetes
Lung disease
The CDC recommends the elderly and those at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 STAY HOME and away from other people.

More information for those at higher risk of serious illness can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

FOR VETERANS

Any Veteran with symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to call before visiting – you can find contact information for your closest VA facility.

Alternatively, Veterans can sign into MyHealtheVet to send a secure message to VA or use telehealth options to explain their condition and receive a prompt diagnosis.

Upon arriving at VA, all patients will be screened for flu-like symptoms before they enter in order to protect other patients and staff. A VA health care professional will assist you with next steps once this screening process is complete.

At this time, VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to please postpone their visits to VA facilities.

More information for Veterans can be found here: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/

FOR TRAVELERS

The CDC has made the following recommendations for travelers:

1. Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions are at increased risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.
2. Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3. Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel.
4. Travelers that are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice. More information on global health advisories from the Department of State can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-3-health-advisory-issue.html

The CDC has issued travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission. West Virginians should be aware of the CDC’s latest geographic risk assessment for COVID-19 transmission before traveling, and should avoid nonessential travel to areas under a travel health warning. Visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/ for the most up-to-date list of travel health notices.

CDC recommends all people defer all cruise ship travel worldwide, including river cruises, because of the increased risk of COVID-19 spread onboard ships.

FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Governor Jim Justice has closed schools statewide through March 27. Parents and guardians should monitor local media of the West Virginia Department of Education’s COVID-19 information page (https://wvde.us/covid19/) for updates.

The West Virginia Department of Education has developed a statewide list of feeding sites for students to receive a free meal during the school closure. More information can be found here: https://wvde.us/covid19/feeding-site-information/. Additional questions should be directed to your local county board of education.

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

Front-line healthcare personnel in the United States should be prepared to evaluate patients for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC has prepared a Healthcare Personnel Preparedness Checklist for COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/hcp-personnel-checklist.html

The FDA is providing a hotline (1-888-INFO-FDA) that is available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. We also encourage labs to reach out at [email protected] with any questions related to diagnostic development.

FOR BUSINESSES

Now is the time for businesses to create an Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan. Employers should emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees. Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and be sent home immediately.

Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.

Do not make determinations of risk based on employees’ race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19.

More information for businesses can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

FOR TAXPAYERS

The Department of Treasury and the IRS have announced further guidance with regards to the upcoming filing deadline. As of now, the filing deadline will remain on April 15th in the hopes of being able to get as many people a tax refund as quickly as possible. However, all individuals and non-corporate tax filers can defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including the self-employment tax) payments that were originally due on April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. Corporate taxpayers will be able to defer up to $10 million of federal income tax payments until July 15, 2020 without penalties or interest.

To view the notice from Treasury and the IRS, Click here

To view other resources from the IRS with regards to filing your taxes, Click here
 
MORE INFORMATION
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Food and Drug Administration: https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

U.S. Department of State: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

Department of Veterans Affairs: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines

WV Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.coronavirus.wv.gov/

WV Department of Education: https://wvde.us/covid19/

West Virginia University: https://coronavirus.wvu.edu

Marshall University: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Map: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION & TREATMENT

What is the YMCA Doing?

We are stepping up our hygiene practices in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe:

  • We are significantly increasing our cleaning frequency of high-traffic areas and high-touch items, including doorknobs, exercise equipment, locker rooms, phones, banisters, tabletops, and handrails.
  • We are increasing our signage and messaging across all channels to continue to build awareness and adherence to DOH general health and flu prevention guidelines.
  • Disinfectant are available for wiping down YMCA equipment. Please wipe down your equipment after you complete your workout.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep the Y a healthy and safe environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your disinfectant wipes 60 percent alcohol?
Our wipes kill 99.9 percent of germs and are FDA approved. The 60 percent alcohol standard doesn’t necessarily apply to other products like wipes because they have different ingredients. 

I saw a person coughing. Can you tell them to go home please?
We are closely monitoring information and guidance from public health officials to help keep our facilities clean and our communities safe. Although YMCA staff, members, and participants are asked to stay home when ill, we rely on each individual to self-assess their symptoms and illness.

Are extra measures being taken in child care and youth programming to ensure kids are protected?
The health and well-being of you and your family is our highest priority. We’re stepping up our hygiene practices in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe — including increasing our cleaning frequency, making disinfectant wipes available, and increasing signage to build awareness about general health and flu prevention guidelines.

Additionally, all children in our programs learn and practice proper handwashing skills and we are carefully monitoring that children are properly washing hands throughout the day. We also continue to enforce our wellness policies. Sick children are not allowed to attend programming and if a child becomes sick during the day they must be promptly picked up by a parent.  

We will continue to closely monitor information and guidance from public health officials as the situation develops.

Are extra measures being taken in guest rooms to ensure rooms are clean?
Your health and well-being is our highest priority. We’re stepping up our hygiene practices in several ways to keep our facilities clean and our communities safe — including increasing our cleaning frequency, making disinfectant wipes available, and increasing signage to build awareness about general health and flu prevention guidelines.

We will continue to closely monitor information and guidance from public health officials as the situation develops. 

If a Y member, staff, or participant is infected, what’s your plan to ensure the virus doesn’t spread?
If that happens, we will work closely with city and state officials and follow all protocols to help protect the health and safety of our community.

The YMCA of Kanawha Valley would like to share information with you provided by the Center For Disease Control on what you can do to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ for the latest information.

We care about your safety, and that is why we are keeping up to date on all information and advisories regarding the Coronavirus and we will respond accordingly to keep you informed. 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

SYMPTOMS

For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

HOW COVID-19 SPREADS

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

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)
  • Via 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.

SPREAD FROM CONTACT WITH INFECTED 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.

WHEN DOES SPREAD HAPPEN?

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

HOW EFFICIENTLY DOES THE VIRUS SPREAD?

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. Another factor is whether the spread continues over multiple generations of people (if spread is sustained). The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in Hubei province and other parts of China. In the United States, spread from person-to-person has occurred only among a few close contacts and has not spread any further to date.

THERE IS STILL MORE TO BE LEARNED

COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about its transmissibility, severity, and other features and what will happen in the United States. New information will further inform the risk assessment.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Outbreaks of novel virus infections among people are always of public health concern. The risk from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people, the severity of resulting illness, and the medical or other measures available to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccine or treatment medications). The fact that this disease has caused illness, including illness resulting in death, and sustained person-to-person spread is concerning. These factors meet two of the criteria of a pandemic. As community spread is detected in more and more countries, the world moves closer toward meeting the third criteria, worldwide spread of the new virus.

The potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, both globally and to the United States.

But individual risk is dependent on exposure.

  • For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • Under current circumstances, certain people will have an increased risk of infection, for example healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 and other close contacts of persons with COVID-19. CDC has developed guidance to help in the risk assessment and management of people with potential exposures to COVID-19.

However, it’s important to note that current global circumstances suggest it is likely that this virus will cause a pandemic. In that case, the risk assessment would be different.