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Corridor H to receive its first boost from infrastructure legislation

ELKINS, W.Va. — One of the state’s longest-running highway projects has got another big boost from the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved in Washington. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, along with West Virginia First District Congressman David McKinley, announced that allocation of just over $37 million for continued work on Corridor H.

The allocation was great news to Robbie Morris, who heads the Corridor H Committee.

“Out of the infrastructure bill, there was a little under $200 million allocated for Corridor H to be delivered roughly in even trounces over the next five years,” Morris said.

This week’s $37 million allocation was the first money out of the new bill for the highway. It will go toward the unfinished segments of the highway. There are several of those stretches left, but they seem to get smaller with passing reports.

As of this week, the Kerens to Parsons section includes two segments under construction. The Cheat Bridge is a stand-alone project. There are three to four more miles that need to be built between Kerens and Parsons and the Parsons to Davis section, which is approximately 10 miles. The other end of the highway includes completion from Wardensville to the state line which is approximately six miles.

The Virginia stretch from Interstate 81 to the West Virginia state line is about 15 miles.

Morris said conversations he’s had with the Department of Transportation is the project is a front burner for the Justice Administration.

“They are aggressively working on the funding package to finish up the rest of it and put the last two projects out to bid. It’s a big priority of Governor Justice and a big priority for Transportation Commissioner Jimmy Wriston as well as our federal delegation,” he explained.

Morris believed the administration’s goal was to have all of the remaining sections of the highway under construction by the time Justice leaves office.

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House passes bill to limit out-of-pocket costs for diabetics

The House of Delegates today passed a bill that could help West Virginia’s many diabetics.

House Bill 4252 would cap the cost of insulin at $35 for a 30-day supply, lowering that from a previous cap of $100. Cost sharing for devices such as blood sugar test strips or glucometers is capped at $100 for a 30-day supply. And cost-sharing for insulin pumps would be capped at $250 for insulin pumps.

Matthew Rohrbach

“This is an attempt to help our families in West Virginia with one of the main health problems in West Virginia,” said House Health Chairman Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell.

The bill includes an estimate that more than 240,000 West Virginians are diagnosed and living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and another 65,000 are undiagnosed.

Barbara Fleischauer

“I am so thankful for this bill because it will truly save lives,” said Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia.

The bill passed 94-3 with delegates Laura Kimble, Shannon Kimes and Pat McGeehan voting against it. Three delegates were absent. The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration.

John Kelly

Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, described himself as a Type 2 diabetic who takes insulin. He said the co-pay for his recent prescription was more than $800. “Is this bill going to help that for me or other people in the situation I’m in?” Kelly asked.

“Yes,” responded Rohrbach. “That’s the way we take it, if you’ve got insurance.”

Danielle Walker

Delegate Danielle Walker, D-Monongalia, also identified herself as a Type 2 diabetic.

“And because of the financial strain in getting your insulin and your supplies, last session I took my insulin blindly because I couldn’t afford the strips or the needles to see what my glucose levels are. And we have many West Virginians facing this every day.”

Walker said she worked hard to change her eating habits. “And as of right now, I’m not on insulin and I don’t have that financial burden, but many folks do,” she said. “And what you are telling people today is we support healthcare, and we support affordable healthcare.”

Delegates also passed another health-related bill, allowing West Virginia University to create a Parkinson’s Disease registry.

House Bill 4276 directs the university to collect data on the prevalence of Parkinson’s Disease, the chronic and progressive neurological disorder. People can opt out if they don’t want to participate.

“What we’re really trying to get a handle on is what is the instance and prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases in the state of West Virginia,” Rohrbach said.

Heather Glasko-Tully

Delegates passed the bill 91-6. 

“If you ever wonder if what we do down here makes a difference in the everyday lives of people, the answer to that question is yes,” said Delegate Heather Glasko-Tully, R-Nicholas.

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Thornhill Auto Group MetroNews Boys Basketball Power Index (Week 4)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The fourth edition of the MetroNews Boys Basketball Power Index, sponsored by Thornhill Auto Group, is set. This edition includes results through the end of play on Tuesday, January 25th. The next edition will be published on Wednesday, February 2nd and the index will be updated each Wednesday afternoon through the end of the regular season.

MetroNews Power Index Week 4

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Jividen addresses continuing pandemic fight inside correction facilities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic among its staff and inmates, as active cases remain high.

As of late Tuesday afternoon’s report by the state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), active coronavirus cases of inmates/residents in facilities totaled 667 with 420 in correctional centers, 211 in regional jails, 26 in juvenile centers and 10 in community corrections. The total number of inmates in facilities total 9,990 as of Tuesday.

There are also 209 active cases among staff out of the 2,946 total employees.

Betsy Jividen, the state Department of Corrections Commissioner appeared on Wednesday’s MetroNews ‘Talkline’ and said the pandemic is impacting the jail system the same way it’s impacting many sectors.

Betsy Jividen

“We’re impacted the same way with the spread of the illness, we’re impacted the same way with the labor shortages that the rest of the country and state is facing with the impact of the virus,” Jividen said.

VIEW: Correctional Facilities data by DHHR

She added the department has continued to shift personnel around to fill in gaps when staff misses work with COVID-19. She said DCR has also received help from the state DNR and West Virginia National Guard with staffing shortages.

Jividen also acknowledged the fact that DCR employees have left altogether due to the virus.

“It’s a tough job. We’re on 24-7. It’s an environment that a lot of people can’t even imagine. It’s a truly honorable form of public service,” she said.

What is the current situation within different correctional facilities regarding COVID-19? Betsy Jividen, WV Department of Corrections Commissioner, talks about the status of these facilities with @DaveWilsonMN. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/3MpxbfNAVW

— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) January 26, 2022

Over the past weekend, a third DCR employee died from complications related to COVID-19. Paula Jo Tomlin, 51, who served at the Lakin Correctional Center since March 2020, died on Saturday.

Jividen said the DCR continues its enhanced cleaning and distancing when possible. DCR encourages masks and vaccinations among staff and inmates.

The latest DHHR report on vaccinations out in December indicates 1,821 inmates/residents across all facilities have received at least one dose of a Moderna vaccination and 4,340 have received a Johnson & Johnson shot. 1,798 staff members have been vaccinated.

“We take what is sent to us and we need to deal with it. There are a lot of moving parts to the equation. Everyone is doing their best to address the situation and try to remedy it,” Jividen said.

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Blair goes to bat for precaution against millions of dollars in mine reclamation liability

Senate President Craig Blair believes so strongly in a bill establishing an insurance program to cover mine reclamation that he spoke from the floor to exhort his colleagues.

“It’s deserving of the Senate Bill 1 title on it,” said Blair, R-Berkeley.

Senators voted 32-0 with two absences today to pass the bill, which now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration.

The bill would establish a mining mutual insurance company. Later legislative actions could pump $50 million in seed money to establish the program.

“It’ll be a loan, and I expect it to be paid back,” Blair said.

The insurer would be a bulwark against the possibility that the financial troubles of coal companies could render them unable to meet their obligations to reclaim the land they have mined.

Right now, the state’s Special Reclamation Fund is set up to cover any shortfall, but the worry is that could become overwhelmed by obligations.

“If we wouldn’t do this, then it’s just a roulette wheel. We have no idea what’s going to happen,” Blair told senators today.

“This provides a voluntary ability for our mining industry to be able to purchase these reclamation bonds to continue providing the vital baseload supply that coal does.”

The bill establishing the insurance mutual specifies that it would not be considered a department or agency of the state — but instead would be a company governed by five directors. The chairman, though, would be appointed by the governor, and the remaining members would also be named by state officials.

Funding for mine reclamation in West Virginia has become such a question that environmental groups including the Sierra Club filed a federal lawsuit last summer aimed at pressuring the federal government to intervene.

Also last summer, lawmakers heard the summary of a 52-page report laying out the likelihood of mine reclamation as a budget bomb.

In short, West Virginia is subject to federal requirements to have enough money available to complete reclamation for any areas where permit holders default.

West Virginia allows mining companies to post bonds of $1,000 to $5,000 an acre, amounts that the Department of Environmental Protection estimates would cover only about 10 percent of reclamation costs. West Virginia fills the gap with Special Reclamation Funds, which are are funded primarily by a 27.9 cent tax levied on every short ton of coal produced.

Increased reclamation costs combined with economic strain on the coal industry has highlighted the possibility of a financial crisis.

“This is the most important bill. If we were sitting here looking at a $4 billion deficit, a $2 billion deficit, it would set us back from the course we’re trying to set ourselves on,” Blair told senators.

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Photo gallery: RCB girls defeat Liberty, 38-20

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Photo gallery from Robert C. Byrd’s 38-20 win over Liberty Harrison.

(Photo gallery courtesy of Joey Signorelli/www.BenQueenPhotography.com)

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DHHR report: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit pandemic high

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia hit a pandemic high of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

The agency’s dashboard listed the hospitalization total at 1,043, up from 1,009 on Tuesday. The previous pandemic high was 1,012 hospitalizations on Sept. 24, 2021. Of the 1,043 hospitalizations, 712 (68.3%) are unvaccinated.

Of the 1,043 patients currently in the hospital due to COVID-19, 225 are in the ICU. The pandemic high for ICU patients due to COVID-19 is 296, set in Sept. of last year. 107 current patients are on a vent.

Active cases of the coronavirus continued its fall this week. The DHHR confirmed 18,149 active cases on Wednesday, down from 19,277. Active cases stood at over 21,700 on Monday.

The agency also confirmed 24 additional COVID-19 related deaths to bring the statewide death total to 5,674.

DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a 48-year old male from Mercer County, a 78-year old male from Barbour County, an 86-year old female from Boone County, a 74-year old male from Lincoln County, a 67-year old male from Cabell County, a 65-year old male from Kanawha County, a 90-year old female from Cabell County, a 70-year old female from Mercer County, a 62-year old female from Fayette County, a 74-year old male from Mercer County, an 86-year old female from Braxton County, a 79-year old male from Cabell County, an 80-year old female from Ritchie County, a 59-year old female from Wood County, a 74-year old male from Lincoln County, a 66-year old female from Mercer County, an 84-year old male from Putnam County, a 65-year old female from Lincoln County, a 77-year old male from Berkeley County, a 75-year old female from Wetzel County, a 71-year old male from Harrison County, a 91-year old female from Kanawha County, an 86-year old female from Ohio County, and a 66-year old male from Barbour County.

“Our hospitals and healthcare workers work tirelessly to help West Virginians recover from this deadly virus,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary in a release. “To prevent further illness and loss of life, please schedule vaccines and booster shots for all eligible members of your family.”

Fourty of the state’s 55 counties are red on the COVID-19 county alert, meaning the highest transmission rate. That is down from 49 on Monday.

Current active cases per county: Barbour (97), Berkeley (830), Boone (286), Braxton (67), Brooke (102), Cabell (1,199), Calhoun (81), Clay (62), Doddridge (105), Fayette (638), Gilmer (73), Grant (129), Greenbrier (357), Hampshire (162), Hancock (192), Hardy (120), Harrison (567), Jackson (127), Jefferson (346), Kanawha (2,500), Lewis (83), Lincoln (241), Logan (428), Marion (526), Marshall (258), Mason (287), McDowell (189), Mercer (661), Mineral (233), Mingo (238), Monongalia (1,079), Monroe (184), Morgan (104), Nicholas (322), Ohio (315), Pendleton (65), Pleasants (51), Pocahontas (36), Preston (295), Putnam (706), Raleigh (993), Randolph (180), Ritchie (80), Roane (141), Summers (145), Taylor (160), Tucker (18), Tyler (89), Upshur (164), Wayne (441), Webster (65), Wetzel (130), Wirt (58), Wood (756), Wyoming (388). To find the cumulative cases per county, please visit
www.coronavirus.wv.gov and look on the Cumulative Summary tab which is sortable by county.

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West Virginia’s covid-19 hospitalization numbers surge past all-time high

West Virginia is on the edge of going past its highest number of covid-19 hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

The state listed 1,043 hospitalizations of people with covid-19 today.

That is more than the 1,012 hospitalizations the state recorded at the height of the delta wave on Sept. 24.

Dr. Clay Marsh

“We are very, very worried that our hospital numbers have not come close to peaking yet,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s top pandemic adviser.

State leaders have been warning for weeks that hospitals are becoming overwhelmed by covid cases, other illnesses such as flu, people who have had delayed treatment for chronic illnesses — all complicated by staffing shortages at medical facilities.

“We don’t want our hospitals overrun,” Gov. Jim Justice said during a pandemic briefing today.

Strain on hospitals is a focus of state leaders.

James Hoyer

“We’ve got to look exceptionally closely at our hospital numbers,” said James Hoyer, chief of West Virginia’s interagency task force. “We’ve got some pretty significant challenges in our hospitals coming up over the next couple of weeks.”

Yesterday, Hoyer said, hospitals reported 139 new admissions related to covid-19.

“We’ve been over a hundred for a significant period now,” Hoyer  said, “and we know anything over 65 puts us at a significant challenge.”

The state listed 218 covid-19 patients admitted to intensive care units, and there are 115 covid-19 patients who need ventilators to breathe. Those statistics have been relatively steady.

West Virginia has identified 18,149 active cases of covid-19. The daily percent positivity is 22 percent.

Hoyer said those statistics could actually be lower than reality.

“We’ve got to understand that a lot more people are going out and getting antigen tests and doing at-home testing, so reporting of positive test cases may not be fully where they are statewide,” Hoyer said.

There are 18,149 active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia. Jim Hoyer, Head of the COVID-19 Interagency Task Force, provides a COVID update to @DaveWilsonMN. WATCH: https://t.co/yCFQ3nDJuy pic.twitter.com/1jmFlfntgg

— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) January 26, 2022

The state has identified 5,674 deaths from covid-19 since the pandemic began.

“A lot of wisdom. A lot, a lot of folks we’ve lost,” Governor Justice said at his regular briefing today.

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Setting the scene at the midway point of the Class AA hoop season

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Greg Carey and Joe Brocato discuss the surprise teams and the teams that have risen to the to top the pack in Class AA basketball.

(Segment was recorded on Monday, January 24th – records reflected from that date)

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Video, updates: Governor to provide pandemic update at 10:30 a.m.

We’ll provide updates here about how West Virginia is dealing with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

State officials have directed members of the public to a landing page dedicated to information about coronavirus in West Virginia.

Additional information can be found at CDC’s Situation Summary or at DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline, 1-800-887-4304.

9:13 a.m. 1/26/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

8:45 a.m. 1/24/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:42 a.m. 1/21/2022 Justice plans pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  01/19/2022   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

10:45 a.m.  12/30/2021   Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

11:00 a.m.  Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

9:37 a.m. Justice plans pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

10:04 a.m. 12/21/2021 Justice to announce final CARES Act priorities at 1 p.m.

Gov. Jim Justice says he will make a major announcement at 1 p.m. regarding a new initiative to combat staffing shortages in the healthcare industry, which will be funded through a portion of West Virginia’s remaining Cares Act dollars and other funding sources.

West Virginia still has $125.6 million remaining of its original CARES allocation, according to the state Auditor’s transparency site.

The U.S. Treasury issued updated guidance last week, adjusting the requirements of a fast-approaching Dec. 31 deadline. That now means the spending must be obligated, not necessarily immediately spent. The new deadline to actually spend that money is Sept. 30, 2022.

The governor’s priority seems to be investment that could alleviate pressure on hospitals, which have expressed uncertainty about whether staffing is adequate to handle an expected winter surge of covid-19.

9:25 a.m. 12/16/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

9 a.m. 12/14/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:03 a.m. 12/9/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:01 a.m. 12/7/2021 Governor Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

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8:42 a.m. 12/2/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

8:47 a.m. 11/30/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m. 

9:38 a.m. 11/24/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

3 p.m. 11/19/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 4:00 p.m. 

10 a.m. 11/17/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 2 p.m. 

11 a.m. 11/15/2021 Justice to lead briefing on covid-19 response

10:30 a.m. 11/12/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.  11/10/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  11/08/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 11/05/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.


11:15 a.m. 11/03/2021   Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m. 11/01/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:40 a.m.

9:18 a.m. 10/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

9:54 a.m. 10/26/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

9:42 a.m. 10/22/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

11:33 a.m. 10/20/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at noon

10:40 a.m.  10/18/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  10/15/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 10/13/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

7:26 a.m. 10/11/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

8:19 a.m. 10/7/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:55 a.m. 10/4/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

8:36 a.m. 10/1/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

9:02 a.m. 9/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

9:41 a.m. 9/27/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:53 a.m. 9/24/2021 Justice plans pandemic briefing for noon

9:44 a.m. 9/22/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:10 a.m. 9/20/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at noon, following summit with health advisers

Gov. Jim Justice is hosting a “breakfast roundtable summit” with his pandemic leadership team this morning at the Governor’s Mansion. The team will discuss and decide ways to keep West Virginians safe and protect hospital system stability as the state nears or crosses the peak of the surge from the COVID-19 delta variant.

This meeting is closed to the public and the media. However, all West Virginians are encouraged to watch the governor’s covid-19 media briefing immediately following the meeting.

7:39 a.m. 9/17/2021 Justice to lead 3 p.m. briefing about pandemic response

10:23 a.m. 9/15/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing about pandemic response 

7:41 a.m. 9/13/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

8:24 a.m. 9/10/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

9:52 a.m. 9/8/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

6:25 a.m. 9/6/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

9:14 a.m. 9/3/2021 Briefing at noon over West Virginia pandemic response 

9:08 a.m. 9/1/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing

9:51 a.m. 8/30/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing

7:52 a.m. 8/27/21 U.S. Education Secretary joins Justice at briefing 

WHO: Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team.

United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch will also join the briefing.

WHAT: Governor Justice will provide an update on West Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts, and make a back-to-school vaccination initiative announcement.

10:14 a.m. 8/25/21 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

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10:10 a.m. Governor leads coronavirus media briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Governor leads coronavirus media briefing at 11:00 a.m.

8:17 a.m. Governor leads briefing about pandemic response at 11:30 a.m. 

7:36 a.m. Governor leads pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

8:56 a.m. Governor Justice to lead 11:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic 

9:44 a.m. Governor Justice to lead noon briefing about pandemic

10:54 a.m. Governor Justice to lead 11 a.m. pandemic briefing

8:12 a.m. Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. Superintendent Burch and SSAC chief Dolan join Justice for 11 a.m. briefing

WHO: Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch, WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan, West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team.

WHAT: Gov. Justice will provide an update on West Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts and provide an update on back-to-school plans for West Virginia.

LATER: At 2 p.m. the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will host a press conference to provide details on back-to-school guidance for the 2021-22 school year.

Burch, WVBE Vice President Tom Campbell and Dolan will address the media following Governor Jim Justice’s briefing earlier in the day.

10:15 a.m. 8/02/2021  Governor provides update about covid response at 10:30 a.m. 

8:35 a.m. 7/29/2021 Governor provides update about covid response at 11 a.m.

8:29 a.m. 07/27/2021 Justice provides update about pandemic response at 11 a.m.

11:03 a.m. 07/22/2021 Governor Justice scheduled for 11 a.m. pandemic briefing

12:38 p.m. 07/20/2021 Governor Justice to lead pandemic update at 1 p.m. 

10:06 a.m. 7/16/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m.

11 a.m. 7/13/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:35 a.m. 7/8/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30

11:25 a.m. 7/6/2021  Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30

9:24 a.m. 7/1/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

8:53 a.m. 6/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30

12:20 p.m.  06/24/2021   Justice pandemic briefing set for 12:30 p.m. 

10:55 a.m.  06/22/2021   Justice pandemic briefing set for 11:30 a.m.

10:50 a.m. 6/17/2021  Justice pandemic briefing set for 11 a.m.

11:05 a.m. 6/15/2021 Justice pandemic briefing scheduled for 11 a.m. 

7:40 a.m. 6/10/2021 Justice waits outside development announcement because of covid exposure

Gov. Jim Justice offered video greetings from his vehicle at an economic development announcement in Morgantown on Wednesday with the governor saying he’d had an unanticipated covid-19 exposure.

Justice has been very public about his full vaccination but said he wanted to set a good example by remaining in the vehicle. Otherwise, he said, he would have needed a rapid test and a mask.

He appeared via streaming video and offered remarks at an announcement for an artificial intelligence company getting established in Morgantown. Clay Marsh, West Virginia University’s executive dean for health sciences, made the opening remarks as a substitute for Justice.

Dr. Clay Marsh

“He would be here standing in my place had it not been for a very unexpected exposure that he had recently to somebody who tested positive for covid-19,” said Marsh, who is also the state’s coronavirus response coordinator.

“And even though the governor is aware that he is fully vaccinated, he is really 100 percent protected against having any kind of problem with this — even with that understanding, and he does understand that well, given his experience we’ve all had with covid-19, he wanted to make sure he was working with an abundance of concern.”

Justice then appeared on a screen for everyone to see, wearing a checked shirt and leaning over to talk into a camera, with the interior roof of the vehicle as his backdrop.

“I landed here about an hour ago. I’m sitting out in the parking lot in front of you right now. I mean, I could throw a rock and hit all of you,” Justice said. “I hate like crazy that I’m out here in the parking lot. Believe me be.”

Offering some background, Justice said he had experienced a covid exposure on Friday and was informed about it on Wednesday.

“When I landed they told me I was exposed on Friday evening to someone. They told me they felt like I needed to be tested. And if that be the case, I don’t think I need to be in there until we know the results of the test. But I’m sure it’s fine. I feel fine, and I hate like crazy I’m not with you.”

7:37 a.m. 6/10/2021 Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 2 p.m. 

10:20 a.m. 6/8/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:23 a.m. 6/3/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:22 a.m. 6/1/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

1:59 p.m. 5/27/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 4:30 p.m.

10:20 a.m. 5/25/2021  Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m. 5/20/2021 Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 1:20 p.m. 

12:19 p.m. 5/17/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at 1 p.m.

10:32 a.m. 5/14/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at noon

11:45 a.m.  5/12/2021  Justice leads pandemic update

10:25 a.m. 5/10/2021  Justice leads pandemic update 

9:29 a.m. 5/7/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at 11:30 a.m.

9:16 a.m. 5/5/2020 Justice leads noon briefing about covid response

8:04 a.m. 5/3/2020 Justice provides latest on pandemic response at 11 a.m.

8:04 a.m. 4/30/2020 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

11:05 a.m. 4/28/2021 Pandemic briefing by Justice at 2:45 p.m. 

12:45 p.m. 4/26/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m.

7:59 a.m. 4/23/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

11:55 a.m. 4/21/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at noon

11:55 a.m. 4/19/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at noon.

10:25 a.m. 4/16/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

10:25 a.m.  4/14/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

11:54 a.m. 4/12/2021 Justice to address pandemic response at noon 


11:35 a.m.  4/09/2021  Justice to have back to back briefings beginning at noon (income tax/COVID)

10:15 a.m.  4/07/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  4/05/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  4/02/2021   Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/29/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.  3/26/2021  Justice briefing at 9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  3/24/2021  Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/22/2021  Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:20 a.m. 3/19/2021  Justice briefing 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 3/17/2021  Justice briefing 10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.  3/15/2021  Justice briefing at 11:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 3/12/2021 Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 3/10/2021  Justice briefing set for 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m. 3/8/2021  Justice briefing set for 10:30 a.m.

10:55 a.m. 3/5/2021  Justice briefing set for 11:00 a.m.

This briefing was originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m. but now has been shifted to 11

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10:32 a.m. 2/19/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

6:52 a.m. 2/17/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:30 a.m. 2/15/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 

9:03 a.m. 2/12/2021 Justice to lead briefing at noon

9:30 a.m. 2/10/21 Justice to lead briefing at 11 a.m.

11:58 a.m. 2/8/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon 

9:48 a.m.  2/5/21 Justice to lead briefing at 11:30 

11:05 a.m.  2/3/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon 

9:34 a.m. Justice to lead briefing at noon 

10:34 a.m. 1/29/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon

9:39 a.m. 1/27/21 Manchin applauds federal effort to increases vaccine supply

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a statement about the announcement from the Biden Administration about increasing the weekly supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to states and territories next week. The administration will also increase transparency by giving states a three week forecast of vaccine supplies.

“Today’s announcement by the Biden Administration shows that help is on the way. I thank President Biden for staying true to his word and delivering more vaccine so quickly and will continue to work closely with him to further increase our allocation. West Virginia is leading the country in efficiently and safely distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics across our state have been operating below capacity because of the vaccine shortage. Now President Biden will ship out at least 10 million doses each week to get more shots in arms as soon as possible. Today’s announcement from the Biden Administration is another step closer to ensuring every West Virginian who wants a vaccine can get one, restoring our economy, and getting back to life as usual. In the last week, I have spoken with President Biden and multiple White House officials who have assured me the number one priority for the Administration is quickly producing and efficiently distributing the vaccine. I’m glad to see them put their money where their mouth is and ramp up vaccine distribution.”

9 a.m. 1/25/21 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

12:07 p.m. 1/21/21 Justice plans noon briefing 

9:56 a.m. 1/19/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

8:51 a.m. 1/13/2021 Justice plans 10 a.m. briefing

here is the livestream https://t.co/i4kQb1qU8N

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 13, 2021

8:49 a.m. 1/11/2021 Justice plans noon briefing

here is the livestream https://t.co/Dw7fbZbuev

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 11, 2021

11:31 a.m. 1/8/2021 Justice plans noon briefing 

livestream here https://t.co/jN45H6LHG6

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 8, 2021

7:54 a.m. 1/6/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

here is the livestream https://t.co/Khcw32yYBv

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 6, 2021

6:59 a.m. 1/4/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing

here is the livestream https://t.co/6YB4IooQpY

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 4, 2021

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