On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19).
On February 11, 2020 the WHO announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China. The name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency in the United States. This declaration helps allow for federal money to flow back to the states.
The Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as the Coronavirus, including:
- Wear a mask
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
West Virignia is currently leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The vaccine is available to all West Virginians 16 and older, sign up to recieve one here.
Below are links to local and federal websites that can provide the updates as we continue to address the coronavirus pandemic.
West Virginia Resources
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is constantly monitoring the outbreak, updating vaccine information, and continuously sharing new updates here.
The West Virginia Department of Education is delivering daily school lunches for students at home, to pick-up locations in every country throughout the state. You can find your pick-up location here.
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and need to undergo testing, please contact your health provider, and visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' website or call the State Coronavirus hotline: 1-800-887-4304.
- Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov
- Small Business Administration Loans
- CDC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- National Institutes of Health
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Disinfectants for use against Coronavirus
- CDC Travel Health Notices
- Federal Government Response to Coronavirus
- Department of Veterans Affairs