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W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 24, 2022, there are currently 2,135 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,056 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

WVU Cancer Institute donates radiation therapy equipment to aid developing nations

The WVU Cancer Institute is helping to advance cancer care in developing nations by donating gently used radiation therapy equipment.... more

WVU Medicine surgeon’s specialized skills further treatment of rare cancers

Innovation often requires a specialized set of skills, and Meghan Turner, M.D., WVU Medicine otolaryngologist, has the skills and training necessary to make great strides in the robotic surgical treatment of skull base tumors.... more

Stevens to serve as WVU Health System’s inaugural chief epidemiologist

The West Virginia University Health System today (June 24) announced the appointment of Michael Stevens, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., F.S.H.E.A., as the WVU Health System’s first system healthcare epidemiologist. Dr. Stevens starts in this new, system-wide role on Monday. He will also hold a faculty appointment at the WVU School of Medicine.... more

W.Va. WIC partners with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that provides free books by mail to encourage early childhood literacy.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 22, 2022, there are currently 1,882 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been no deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,018 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

No peers, no beers: WVU research shows youth substance use declined during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to concerns for youth mental health and social well-being, including its potential to spur substance use behaviors.... more

New OB/GYN joins DMC practice team

Davis Health System welcomes Dr. Richard Enchill, MD, OB/GYN to Women’s HealthCare in Elkins. Dr. Enchill comes to Elkins from Appalachian Healthcare in Kentucky where he spent the past eleven years in Obstetrics and Gynecology.... more

Sayre to lead fundraising, marketing teams at WVU Medicine Children’s

Marisa Sayre, manager of marketing of WVU Medicine Children’s, will begin leading both the marketing and fundraising activities of Children’s through a newly formed position that combines both responsibilities. As executive director of fundraising and marketing, Sayre will oversee WVU Medicine Children’s strategic marketing initiatives as well as its fundraising activities.... more

Nurses at Zimbabwe’s public hospitals strike for better pay

Striking nurses and other health workers have brought Zimbabwe’s government hospitals to a near standstill, straining a once vibrant public health system now plagued by a lack of medicines and basic supplies such as gloves.... more

DHHR to raise ground ambulance medical transportation services

At the direction of Gov. Jim Justice, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Medical Services plans to submit a State Plan Amendment to seek approval to raise ground ambulance medical transportation services to 100% of the Medicare geographic prevailing fee.... more

WVU Hospitals nationally recognized for its commitment to high-quality cardiovascular, cerebrovascular care

WVU Hospitals has received multiple American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline Achievement Awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer readmissions to the hospital.... more

Volunteers install nearly 1,400 free smoke alarms for local families

In May, volunteers and members of the Central Appalachia Region of the American Red Cross and local partners including fire departments installed nearly 1,400 free smoke alarms for families making almost 600 homes safer from home fire, as part of a national Red Cross Sound the Alarm effort in at-risk communities across the country.... more

Court rejects Trump-era EPA finding that weed killer safe

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a Trump administration finding that the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup does not pose a serious health risk and is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans.... more

Huggins Homecoming raises over $72,500 to aid WVU Cancer Institute

The second Huggins Homecoming in Cincinnati raised more than $72,500 to benefit cancer care and research at the WVU Cancer Institute.... more

WVU Medicine pediatric neurosurgeon saves teen

When schools closed because of COVID, Logan Channel, then 17 of Philippi, decided to accept a job working for a local conservation district to make some money and spend time with his friends. He was mowing and trimming trees in Pennsboro on a hot day when he started to get a headache.... more

Alzheimer’s Association W.Va. Chapter offers extreme heat advice for families facing dementia

As temperatures rise across West Virginia, extreme heat can have a significant impact on everyone’s safety. But high temperatures can be especially stressful and confusing for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s disease causes a number of changes in the brain and body that may affect a person’s safety, including changes in sensitivity to temperatures.... more

WVU hospitals nationally recognized for its commitment to high-quality cardiovascular, cerebrovascular care

WVU Hospitals has received multiple American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times, and fewer readmissions to the hospital.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 15, 2022, there are currently 1,855 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,016 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

P-EBT to be issued for non-students receiving SNAP

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to issue Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits to eligible non-students, or children under the age of 6 years old who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.... more

WVU Medicine Children’s named top hospital in West Virginia

For the second consecutive year, WVU Medicine Children’s has been named the top children’s hospital in West Virginia by U.S. News and World Report. The Hospital’s Pediatric Urology Program received its fifth-consecutive national ranking, taking the 41st spot in the country. U.S. News badge... more

Manchin announces $468k to combat food insecurity in West VIrginia

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $468,829 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. ... more

Capito blasts impossible EPA health advisories for PFAS chemicals

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, issued the below statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposal of new lifetime health advisory levels that will cause confusion and concern while providing no useful tools for measuring or addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in either drinking water or the environment:... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 13, 2022, there are currently 1,989 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 7,001 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

FDA infant formula update: June 10, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on additional steps it has taken that will lead to more infant formula available in the U.S. under the agency’s recent increased flexibilities.... more

Manchin announces $468k to combat food insecurity in West Virginia

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $468,829 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. ... more

Anderegg named June ICARE Employee of the Month

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Danielle Anderegg, of Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH)’s Acute Care Department, has been named the June ICARE Employee of the Month at the local healthcare facility.... more

 

Hospital challenges mount as costs, inflation rise

For over two years since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginia’s hospitals and their physicians, nurses, caregivers and teams have been on the front lines working tirelessly to care for patients, save lives and protect their communities.... more

 

PEIA Interim Director talks reimbursement for care

The Select Committee on PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care heard testimony from Jason Haught, PEIA interim director and chief financial officer, on Sunday, during the first day of the June Interim Legislative Sessions.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 10, 2022, there are currently 2,198 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,999 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

U.S. lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test negative for COVID-19 within a day before boarding a flight to the United States, ending one of the last remaining government mandates designed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.... more

WVU to offer anger management classes for youth

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities Positive Behavior Support Program will be offering online training for anger management for youth.... more

Virta Health showcases health improvements for veteran patients

Virta Health, the type 2 diabetes reversal leader, announced two-year patient outcomes from its multi-year partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 8, 2022, there are currently 2,272 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been four deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,997 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital honors Bunner with VIP Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital recently honored Jennifer Bunner with the Values Inspired Person (VIP) Award. Jennifer works as an LPN for the Medical Surgical department in the hospital.... more

St. Joseph’s event for students, recent graduates focused on healthcare careers

St. Joseph’s Hospital will offer a free event about healthcare careers on Tuesday, June 28 beginning at 9 a.m. at the hospital. ... more

Riley to retire from Mon Health SJMH

After 27 years of dedicated patient care, Judy Riley, RN, is retiring from Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.... more

DHHR to issue special payment to TANF recipients

As part of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will issue a special payment of $465 to recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program who were active in the W. Va. WORKS program in May 2022 and are eligible to continue participation in June 2022.... more

Snead honored at retirement reception

For 40 years, orthopedic surgeon Joseph A. Snead, MD repaired broken bones and helped patients bounce back from orthopedic problems. Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce a retirement reception to honor Dr. Snead on Thursday, June 9 at 4 p.m.... more

Willetts appointed to dual role at WVU Medicine

Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University (WVU) Health System, announced June 7 the appointment of Carrie E. Willetts as both executive vice president of healthcare integration and business development for the WVU Health System and president and CEO of WVU Medicine Uniontown Hospital. She will start her new roles this fall.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 6, 2022, there are currently 2,547 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,977 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

WVU Medicine research shows way to improve pediatric urology care access

Researchers from WVU Medicine have found that pediatric urology consultations performed by highly trained advanced practice providers (APPs) in a telemedicine setting are a clinically reliable, cost-effective option for West Virginia families.... more

Harrison joins WVU Cancer Institute

Edward Harrison has joined the WVU Cancer Institute as its vice president of cancer services. His first day on the job was May 16. Edward Harrison... more

Contract awarded to review structure of DHHR

A consulting contract has been awarded to McChrystal Group LLC, of Alexandria, VA, to conduct a top-to-bottom organizational assessment of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Additionally, the review process will include the development of a strategic plan for the organization and financial structure of DHHR.... more

Senators announce $5.1M in HHS grants

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $5,170,593 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support a variety of research projects and prevention programs at West Virginia University (WVU) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 3, 2022, there are currently 2,321 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,974 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Alzheimer’s, Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which is a great time to focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors that can reduce the risk of cognitive decline.... more

Davis Health launches 100 Miles in 100 Days

Davis Health System (DHS) is encouraging community residents to take a step toward better health by joining the 100 Miles in 100 Days wellness program. This year, it will run June 23 through October 1, 2022.... more

Trulieve opens medical cannabis dispensaries in Charleston, Parkersburg

Trulieve, one of the largest cannabis companies in the United States, recently announced the opening of two new West Virginia locations.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $5.1M in HHS grants for W. Va.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $5,170,593 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support a variety of research projects and prevention programs at West Virginia University (WVU) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – June 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 1, 2022, there are currently 2,146 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 14 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,962 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital revises COVID-19 testing procedures

St. Joseph’s Hospital is revising its drive-through COVID-19 testing procedures. Testing is now available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on Saturday and Sunday.... more

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia discusses the implementation of SB 468

On June 10, 2022, Senate Bill 468, which bans abortion for pregnant people with a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome or other disability, will go into effect. ... more

DHHR urges residents to take steps to prevent Tickborne diseases

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health urges residents to take preventive measures against tickborne diseases. Tickborne diseases are spread through the bite of an infected tick and many of these diseases can also infect pets.... more

AARP W. Va., Manchin speak need for lower prescription drug prices

On behalf of nearly 250,000 members in the Mountain State, AARP West Virginia delivered thousands of signed petitions to U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, calling on Congress to act now and stop unfair prescription drug prices.... more

DHHR publishes Child Welfare Dashboard

In an effort to make information more readily available, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has added a child welfare dashboard to show child placements and referrals, details on workforce, as well as other important public information.... more

What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest U.S. children

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday.... more

St. Joseph’s celebrates five-star award in the WVSF parade

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrated its five-star award for patient experience from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the 80th Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, May 21.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Better Hearing, Speech Month

This month, WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing Better Hearing and Speech Month, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about hearing and speech problems and to encourage people to think about their own hearing and get their hearing checked.... more

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

Pfizer said Wednesday that it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world’s poorest countries.... more

 

WHO: Monkeypox won’t turn into pandemic, but many unknowns

The World Health Organization’s top monkeypox expert said she doesn’t expect the hundreds of cases reported to date to turn into another pandemic, but acknowledged there are still many unknowns about the disease, including how exactly it’s spreading and whether the suspension of mass smallpox immunization decades ago may somehow be speeding its transmission.... more

Medicare recipients to see premium cut — but not until 2023

Medicare recipients will get a premium reduction — but not until next year — reflecting what Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday was an overestimate in costs of covering an expensive and controversial new Alzheimer’s drug.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 27, 2022, there are currently 2,377 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,945 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Local psychologist to host recovery workshop

Don Worth, Ph.D. and local psychologist, will be hosting a workshop on recovery on Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Mon Health Recovery Care Center next to Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.... more

First WVU Medicine Children’s Gala since 2020 raises $1.4M

The first WVU Medicine Children’s Gala since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic raised $1.4 million to benefit West Virginia children and their families. The ballroom of the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place decorated for the WVU Medicine Children’s Gala.... more

Battin joins Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital medical staff

Dr. John A. Battin, Urologist, will begin seeing patients at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital beginning in July. Dr. Battin and Megan McKown, Physician Assistant, will be located at the Stonewall Urology office on the ground floor of the Hospital.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 25, 2022, there are currently 2,157 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,933 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Lawson appointed vice president of operations of WVU Medicine Thomas Health System

Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University (WVU) Health System, announced the appointment of Leslie Lawson, M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., as vice president of operations for WVU Medicine Thomas Health System.... more

Telemedicine improves access, satisfaction for Gamma Knife patients

The COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst for many changes in the way physicians interact with their patients, and one of the most prominent has been telemedicine.... more

Research suggests combination of healthy lifestyle factors may protect cognitive function

Lifestyle factors such as nutrition and the amount of sleep, exercise and the social interaction one engages in can positively affect life expectancy. But recent brain health research suggests that those factors may also stave off cognitive impairment.... more

NPF launches real-time patient registry powered by SeqsterOS

The National Pancreas Foundation (“NPF”), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announced today at Digestive Disease Week 2022 in San Diego, the launch of the country’s largest, most inclusive pancreatic disease patient registry powered by SeqsterOS.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 23, 2022, there are currently 2,501 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,918 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Israel reports first case of monkeypox, suspects others

Israeli authorities say they have detected the country’s first case of monkeypox in a man who returned from abroad and were looking into other suspected cases.... more

Harris, surgeon general, warn of healthcare worker burnout

Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are warning of burnout among the nation’s health care staff after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the potential for severe worker shortages in the years ahead if the situation is not addressed.... more

Morrisey announces North Central W.Va. winners of ‘Kids Kick Opioids’ Design Contest

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced 14 students from north central West Virginia as regional winners of the office’s sixth Kids Kick Opioids contest, a competition designed to spur creativity and raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 20, 2022, there are currently 2,296 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,915 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rotary Club to hold blood screenings

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will hold blood screenings by appointment only on Saturday June 4 and June 18.... more

 

G7 agree pact to better prepare for future pandemics

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies announced plans Friday to strengthen epidemiological early-warning systems to detect infectious diseases with pandemic potential following the emergence of the coronavirus more than two years ago.... more

Capito, Baldwin introduce bipartisan bill to improve palliative, hospice care

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) reintroduced the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), a bipartisan bill to grow, improve and sustain the palliative and hospice care workforce to keep pace with patients’ needs and to help improve the well-being of Americans with life-threatening illnesses and their families.... more

Jill Biden, Selena Gomez lead talk on youth mental health

Selena Gomez joined first lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy at the White House on Wednesday for a conversation about youth mental health.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 18, 2022, there are currently 1,795 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,905 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

WVU Medicine encourages COVID booster shots, adherence to masking guidelines in hospitals

Officials at WVU Medicine are encouraging all those eligible to get COVID-19 booster vaccines. In addition, patients and visitors to the hospital are reminded to adhere to masking guidelines. Woman getting shot.... more

Micrologic is helping keep Valley Health Care, Inc. secure

Micrologic, the one-stop internet, phone, and security service provider in North-Central West Virginia, recently completed a project at all Valley Health Care, Inc. locations in Randolph County. The project that is now finished will enhance security for employees and patients.... more

MHHVC performs 500th WATCHMAN procedure

Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center has successfully completed their 500th WATCHMAN procedure treating patients with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).... more

 

Senators announce $18M for health centers across W. Va.

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $18,094,738 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for six health centers across West Virginia.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 16, 2022, there are currently 1,964 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,895 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor Justice COVID-19 update: May 16

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing today to update the public on the state’s latest pandemic response and vaccine distribution efforts.... more

President Biden announces additional steps to address infant formula shortage

President Biden has directed his administration to work urgently to ensure that during the Abbott Nutrition voluntary recall, infant formula is safe and available for families across the country. Thursday, President Biden spoke with retailers and manufacturers, including Wal-Mart, Target, Reckitt and Gerber, to discuss ways we can all work together to do more to help families access infant formula.... more

The Center for Rural Health Development hosts Appalachian Health Leadership Forum

The Center for Rural Health Development was pleased to recently host its annual Appalachian Health Leadership Forum, the first since the pandemic. Rural health care and public health board members and executive leaders gathered for two days to Reconnect, Recharge, and Get Inspired.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 13, 2022, there are currently 1,658 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There were no deaths reported to DHHR over the last 24 hours, and total deaths remain at 6,893 attributed to COVID-19.... more

Relocation Notice: Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department will temporarily move to Wesleyan College’s Barnhart Memorial Health Center beginning on Tuesday, May 31, while the health department undergoes construction.... more

Congress urges to immediately address formula shortages

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) joined Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and 104 House Republicans in sending a letter to President Biden and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf urging them to immediately address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.... more

WVU Hospitals names nurses and colleagues of the year

Six nurses and a clinical practice manager who supports nursing efforts won the top awards at the WVU Hospitals 2022 Nurses and Interprofessional Colleague of the Year ceremony held May 6.... more

Application period for Emergency Energy Assistance Program extended

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announced applications for the Emergency Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) have been extended to May 27, 2022, or until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills.... more

Wilson Martino Dental announces 2022 family, friends scholarship recipients

Dr. Robert Martino, CEO of Wilmar Management (parent company to Wilson Martino Dental, TLC Dental, iSmile Specialists and the Smile Defenders) is proud to announce the 2022 Wilson Martino Dental Family and Friends High School Scholarship Recipients.... more

Epic contribution supports WVU Cancer Institute, WVU Medicine Children’s

A contribution to WVU Medicine from software provider Epic will bolster efforts to reduce the cancer burden in West Virginia and help families with sick children.... more

WVU Hospitals names nurses and colleagues of the year

Six nurses and a clinical practice manager who supports nursing efforts won the top awards at the WVU Hospitals 2022 Nurses and Interprofessional Colleague of the Year ceremony held May 6.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 9, 2022, there are currently 1,343 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,882 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

West Virginia celebrates first ever National Fentanyl Awareness Day

West Virginia’s Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will join partners nationwide in celebrating the first National Fentanyl Awareness Day on May 10, 2022. ... more

 

AMFM to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week

AMFM Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers will recognize National Skilled Nursing Care Week from May 8 to 14 with dozens of events throughout West Virginia. The company invites the public to partake in the observance, which kicks off on Mother’s Day, by visiting a friend or family member in a facility and participating in local activities.... more

DMC’s Lifeskills earns ADA recognition

Davis Medical Center’s Lifeskills program has earned recognition from the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Education Recognition Program (ERP).... more

New director appointed to Laurel Place

Laurel Place, Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) inpatient geriatric behavioral health program, announced the appointment of Mary McCartney MSN, RN as Program Director. She brings over 30 years of experience in acute care, outpatient addiction treatment, hospice care and management to her new role with the unit.... more

W. Va. DHHR celebrates National Prevention Week

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) joins the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to celebrate National Prevention Week (NPW) May 8 to 14, 2022.... more

 

Alzheimer’s Association hosts statewide LGBT Dementia Forum

LGBT older adults living with dementia face challenges in accessing health care and support. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 40% report shrinking support networks; 34% live alone; and up to 30% experience lower rates of access to care.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 6, 2022, there are currently 1,114 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,880 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

What do we know about the new omicron mutant?

What do we know about the new omicron mutant? It’s a descendant of the earlier super-contagious “stealth omicron” and has quickly gained ground in the United States.... more

WVU Cancer Institute’s Spring Gala raises over $840K for cancer care, research

Following a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the WVU Cancer Institute’s Spring Galaraised more than $840,000 to aid cancer care and research in West Virginia.... more

Senators announce funding to expand access to school-based health care

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the Rainelle Medical Center will receive $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen access to school-based health services in the community.... more

Senators announce $11M for vision research at WVU

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $11,000,000 through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) program to West Virginia University (WVU).... more

 

West Virginia Caring receives honor for its outstanding care

W. Va. Caring has been named a 2022 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of billing and coding services, Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys and analytics. ... more

DHHR announces new WIC Income Guidelines

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Nutrition Services announced new income eligibility guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 4, 2022, there are currently 813 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been two deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,872 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

What happens if I get COVID-19 while traveling?

What happens if I get COVID-19 while traveling? Depending on your destination, it could result in an unexpected change in plans, such as being required to stay isolated in a hotel.... more

WVU surgeons lead changes in operative training

Surgeons in the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute and Department of Surgery are leading significant changes in the way surgeons learn new procedures by starting a program that offers training using perfused cadavers in the Fresh Tissue Training lab.... more

LUCAS to offer lung cancer screening in Parsons

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Tucker County offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.... more

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in Morgantown, Reedsville

Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammography unit will visit Monongalia and Preston counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital screening mammograms and breast care education to women. Bonnie’s Bus.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – May 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of May 2, 2022, there are currently 854 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,857 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Wayne Farms, LLC recalls ready-to-eat chicken breast fillet products

Wayne Farms, LLC., a Decatur, Ala. establishment, is recalling approximately 30,285 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken breast fillet product that may be undercooked, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.... more

 

Survey reveals parents need support in starting mental health conversations

Most parents and caregivers know to ask their children about their day or what they learned at school, but fewer feel equipped to turn that small talk into meaningful conversations about mental health.... more

What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far?

What do we know about “stealth omicron” so far? It’s an extra-contagious version of the omicron variant, but it doesn’t seem to cause more severe disease...... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 29

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 29, 2022, there are currently 882 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,856 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes National Administrative Professionals Day

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized its administrative staff on Wednesday, April 27 for National Administrative Professionals Day.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital welcomes Flesher to Primary Care Clinic

St. Joseph’s Hospital welcomes Krista Flesher, FNP-BC to its Primary Care Clinic. Flesher is a family nurse practitioner who will be providing care for patients 6 months and older for same day acute care, immunizations and preventative health care.... more

Johnston retires after 20 years with Community Care of W. Va.

After 20 years of dedicated service to Community Care of West Virginia (CCWV), Chief Financial Officer Connie Johnston is retiring.... more

DHHR receives $2M to support W. Va. Home Visitation Program

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health has been awarded federal funding in the amount of $2 million for the West Virginia Home Visitation Program.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $3.3M for maternal health, family services

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $3,316,891 for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and West Virginia University (WVU).... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 27, 2022, there are currently 719 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been six deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,851 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing its laboratory staff during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 24 through April 30. ... more

Davis Medical Center revises visitation guidelines

Effective immediately, Davis Medical Center is resuming less-restrictive visitor guidelines in hospital units, outpatient clinics and the emergency department.... more

Outpatient Mental Health Treatment available at Davis Health

Jennifer Abel, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), is now providing outpatient mental health treatment by appointment at Davis Medical Center (DMC) in Elkins and at Buckhannon Medical Care.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 25, 2022, there are currently 631 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,824 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

RFP released to review DHHR from “top-to-bottom”

The Request For Proposals (RFP) to provide an organizational assessment of and strategic plan for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has been posted by the West Virginia Purchasing Division. Bids are due by May 6, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.... more

SJMH welcomes new nursing managers

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of two managers to its Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department, Michael Stuchell, RN and Amanda Fortney, BSN, RN.... more

DHHR celebrates National Infant Immunization Week

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) joins partners across the country to celebrate and recognize National Infant Immunization Week, April 24 to 30, 2022.... more

SJMH to plan Red Cross Drives at EMS

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Lewis County Emergency Squad will be hosting several upcoming Blood Drives.... more

WVHRC to host virtual Fair Housing Month event

The West Virginia Human Rights Commission (HRC) will present a virtual Fair Housing Month seminar at 9 a.m., Friday, April 29.... more

Mon Health’s Got Talent to raise funds for Colleague Support Fund

On May 14 at 11 a.m., Mon Health will be hosting its first ever Mon Health’s Got Talent show at the Ruby Amphitheater at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 22, 2022, there are currently 544 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There has been one death reported since the last report, with a total of 6,823 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

DHHR receives federal grant for 988: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has secured a $561,131 award from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to prepare for the transition of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a new three-digit number (988) on July 16, 2022.... more

WVU’s Hayanga delivers 10th Annual Van Praag lecture

J.W. Awori Hayanga, M.D., M.P.H., director of the ECMO Program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, returned to his alma mater to deliver the 10th Annual Lynn Van Praag Critical Care and Cardiac Surgery Lecture at Johns Hopkins University on April 14. ... more

Mon Health SJMH hosts award ceremony

During the 37th Annual Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Awards Ceremony, Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Stalnaker honored employees for years of service and named the 2021 Employee of the Year as Certified Nursing Aide, Angela Hinter. The ceremony was held on Thursday, April 7 at the Hospital.... more

West Virginia Medical Cannabis making strides

The Medical Cannabis Act, passed by the W. Va. Legislature and signed into law by Governor Justice in 2017, has enabled thousands of state residents with qualifying medical conditions to access a new option for treatment of severe or chronic conditions, while at the same time encouraging economic development statewide.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 20

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 20, 2022, there are currently 459 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 3 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,807 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $5.1M for COVID-19 relief reimbursement

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced a total of $5,109,042 for West Virginia University (WVU) Hospital and the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.... more

 

Gold-Blue game to impact parking, traffic at WVU Ruby Memorial

West Virginia University’s annual Gold-Blue Spring Football Game will impact parking and traffic around WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital on April 23.... more

Mon Health hospitals hold CORE event for Donate Life Month

The hospitals of Mon Health recognize the meaning of donation and the life-saving difference with awareness events throughout the month.... more

LUCAS to offer lung cancer screening in Fairmont

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Marion County offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.... more

Manchin, Capito, Wicker, Casey, Heinrich, Grassley lead bipartisan resolution designating NOMW

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bob Casey (D-PA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led a bipartisan resolution designating this week, April 18 through 24, 2022, as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 18, 2022, there are currently 479 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 2 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,796 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

19 schools to receive expanded school mental health services

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) has awarded grants to 19 schools to provide Expanded School Mental Health (ESMH) services. These additional schools were selected through a competitive application process.... more

Bonnie’s Bus to offer mammograms in multiple areas

Bonnie’s Bus, mobile mammography unit, will visit Mercer, Monroe, Greenbrier, and Preston counties offering three-dimensional (3D) digital screening mammograms and breast care education to women.... more

 

Financial literacy month prepares for Alzheimer’s expenses

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the costliest conditions to society because of health care costs and long-term care services needed.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 15

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 15, 2022, there are currently 437 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been three deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,794 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Martin with Values Inspired Person Award

St. Joseph’s Hospital recently honored Jodi Martin with the Values Inspired Person Award (VIP). Jodi works as a Unit Secretary for the Imaging Department.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes Occupational Therapy Month

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing Occupational Therapy Month in April. Occupational therapists are health care professionals who help people resume or maintain participation in a variety of tasks in their jobs, leisure and social activities, getting around, caring for themselves and their home, and much more.... more

Davis Health System Foundation’s Year in Review

Overwhelming community support has been integral in assuring local medical patients receive the best possible care through Davis Health System.... more

Congresswoman Miller hosts medicare roundtable with W. Va. seniors

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) hosted a roundtable in Beckley, West Virginia, with seniors to discuss their experiences with Medicare, specifically Medicare Advantage.... more

 

U.S. Attorney to host Health Care Fraud Symposium

Experts from the public and private sector will gather in Morgantown next week for a seminar to highlight best practices in preventing and responding to health care fraud, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced.... more

During financial literacy month prepare for expenses from Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the costliest conditions to society because of health care costs and long-term care services needed.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 13, 2022, there are currently 326 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 3 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,777 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

COVID-19, overdoses push U.S. to highest death total ever

2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad.... more

Mon Health hospitals encourage autism support, education

Throughout the month of April, the staff of Mon Health System encourages the public to learn more about autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States. Supporting, educating and advocating for autistic individuals will make a difference in the lives of the patients the System serves.... more

DHHR confirms pediatric flu death

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health has confirmed an influenza-associated pediatric death for the 2021-22 flu season. The last influenza-associated pediatric death was reported during the 2019-20 flu season.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 11, 2022, there are currently 321 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 2 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,755 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Opioid addiction treatment may bring discrimination

Danielle Russell was in the emergency department at an Arizona hospital last fall, sick with COVID-19, when she made the mistake of answering completely when she was asked what medications she was on.... more

Justice signs Bill 181, creates 988 Mental Health Crisis System

On Monday, April 11 Governor Jim Justice signed Senate Bill 181, creating the West Virginia 988 mental health crisis system.... more

Mon Health Hospitals encourage autism support, education

Throughout the month of April, the staff of Mon Health System encourages the public to learn more about autism, one of the fastest growing developmental disabilities in the United States. Supporting, educating and advocating for autistic individuals will make a difference in the lives of the patients the System serves.... more

Samples departs from WVDHHR

Jeremiah Samples, deputy secretary with the West Virginia DHHR until last week, has released the following statement..... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 8

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 8, 2022, there are currently 358 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 4 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,753 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Davis Health System celebrates National Donate Life Month

Davis Health System is joining hospitals throughout the country to celebrate National Donate Life Month in April.... more

Armstrong named president of WVU Innovation Corporation

Officials from West Virginia University and the WVU Health System, commonly branded as WVU Medicine, announced April 8 that Stacey Armstrong has been named the president of the WVU Innovation Corporation.... more

 

Give blood during National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month — a time to raise awareness about health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 6

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 6, 2022, there are currently 305 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 25 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,741 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur host blood drive

St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur held a blood drive on Friday, April 1 at the Event Center at Brushy Fork in Buckhannon. ... more

WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Center reaches milestone, changes lives

One of the scariest things an expectant parent can hear is that there is something wrong with their unborn baby’s heart. That is what led to the creation of the WVU Medicine Children’s Heart Center – to bring together specialists who can provide answers and solutions to ease parents’ fears and create positive outcomes for their children.... more

Hess to serve as president, CEO of WVU Medicine United Hospital Center

The West Virginia University Health System and the WVU Medicine United Hospital Center (UHC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of David Hess, M.D., as the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of UHC.... more

 

11 AMFM centers receive five, four-star ratings

Five American Medical Facilities Management (AMFM) centers have received a Five-Star Rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Compare program for March 2022. Four-Star ratings were awarded to six additional AMFM centers.... more

New assistance programs now offered to assist renters financially affected by COVID-19

Randolph County Housing Authority’s (RCHA) Supportive Services Department is rolling out new programs to assist with rental and utility payments, reentering the workforce, upskilling for employment, managing finances, and reaching financial stability.... more

 

Walgreens goes to trial in Florida lawsuit on opioids

Most of the defendants in Florida’s lawsuit over the opioid epidemic have settled for more than $870 million, according to the state attorney general. One remains: Walgreens Co. is not giving up.... more

 

Man in Germany gets 90 COVID-19 shots to sell forged passes

A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell forged vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people not wanting to get vaccinated themselves.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 4, 2022, there are currently 303 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been four deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,839 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

UHC informs of allergy vs. COVID-19 symptoms

Experiencing a sneeze, cough or tickle in the throat may be more nerve-wracking these days with COVID-19 symptoms still swirling.... more

 

WVU envisions bright future for former Mylan Chestnut Ridge

The next chapter for the former Mylan pharmaceutical manufacturing facility began Thursday, March 31, as a West Virginia University entity officially took ownership of the property on Chestnut Ridge Road in Morgantown.... more

 

WVU Parkersburg Nursing, Health Sciences Division awarded $690,000 by NWEP

WVU Parkersburg’s Nursing and Health Sciences Division was awarded $690,000 through West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s Nursing Workforce Expansion Program.... more

 

W.Va. Advisory Council on Rare Diseases releases survey

The West Virginia Advisory Council on Rare Diseases seeks survey participants to help identify the extent of rare diseases in West Virginia. Survey results will be used to improve quality of care and to advise state agencies on research, diagnosis, treatment, and educational needs relating to rare diseases.... more

Commissioner Leonhardt urges continued increased biosecurity

With confirmed cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in 23 of the 50 states, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt is continuing to urge farmers and producers to practice increased biosecurity measures.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – April 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of April 1, 2022, there are currently 376 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been four deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,835 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital revises COVID-19 drive-thru hours

St. Joseph’s Hospital is revising its drive-thru testing hours for COVID-19 on Saturdays to 8 am to noon...... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes physicians in honor of National Doctor’s Day

St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon celebrates the importance of its physicians in recognition of National Doctors’ Day, March 30.... more

CAMC, Mon Health announce single health system

Mon Health System and CAMC Health System, two health care systems, nationally recognized for providing high quality medical care, have signed a letter of intent to create a new single health care system to serve the people of West Virginia.... more

DHHR recognizes April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) joins organizations and advocates around the nation in recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, which highlights the importance of working together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect.... more

Capito, Manchin announce $9.4M for health centers, services

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $9,401,593 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for four grant programs.... more

Alzheimer’s Association W. Va. Chapter returns to in-person services

The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter is announcing it will begin offering educational programs and support groups in person starting April 1 while continuing virtual options.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 30, 2022, there are currently 354 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 29 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,823 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Rotary Club to collect donations during blood drive

The Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Upshur Cooperative Parish House Food Pantry on Friday, April 1. ... more

Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital now offering alcohol addiction treatment

When Steven Howell began his recovery journey, he had the basic ambition of being sober for six months, then one year. In September 2021, he found addiction treatment with Dr. Bruce Gorby at the Mon Health Recovery Center in Weston that helped him accomplish these goals.... more

GSU students donate $500 to local Cancer Fund

Members of Glenville State University’s Pioneer Shooting Club organization recently presented a $500 check to Glenville’s First Baptist Church Cancer Fund. Students in the organization raised the money from an auction held last semester and were looking for ways to help not only their group, but the community at large.... more

WIC encourages fruit, vegetable purchases with enhanced benefits

West Virginia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health, announced that the U.S. Congress has extended funding for enhanced WIC benefits through September 30, 2022 for the purchase of fresh, frozen, and canned fruit and vegetables.... more

MountainHeart celebrates Week of the Young Child

MountainHeart Community Services, Inc. is looking forward to celebrating the Week of the Young Child during the week of April 2 to 8, 2022. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 28, 2022, there are currently 406 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 4 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,743 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Debra Murray transitions to SJMH hospitalist

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce that clinician, Debra Murray, FNP-BC, is transitioning to the hospital staff as a hospitalist.... more

 

SJMH nurse provides knowledge for transplantation

Mon Health Hospitals collaborate with the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) to inform the public about the importance of organ donation. ... more

 

Church, McCracken to join WVU Medicine

Daniel Church, M.D., and Jennifer McCracken, F.N.P., will begin providing pediatric primary care services at the WVU Medicine Waynesburg Outpatient Center on May 2.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 25, 2022, there are currently 460 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 52 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,739 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Rotary, SJMH plan blood screening

The Weston Rotary Club and Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) have announced dates for the Rotary Blood Screening - Saturdays May 7 and May 14, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the parking lot behind SJMH.... more

Gannon retires from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Adult Fitness Nurse Supervisor Kristi Gannon retired from Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital after 27 years at the Hospital.... more

Celebrate spring and help save lives by giving blood 

It’s officially spring! As the weather warms up and the latest COVID-19 surge continues to slow, many look forward to meeting with family and friends..... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 23, 2022, there are currently 448 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 20 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,680 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

3D Mammography available at SJMH

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of state-of-the-art Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams to its Women’s Health program. Millions of women have benefited from this breakthrough exam. The new equipment, together with a new Dexa scan, will provide patients with important screening tools.... more

$100K Antero Foundation grant benefits WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

A $100,000 grant from the Antero Foundation will support top-notch care for expectant mothers and sick children at the new WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.... more

WVU Medicine Children’s Pediatric and Adolescent Group Practice recognized by the National Committee

The WVU Medicine Children’s Pediatric and Adolescent Group Practice has received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).... more

WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management to offer spinal cord stimulator for neuropathy

The WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management is now offering a new spinal cord stimulation (SCS) procedure for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN). HFX for PDN is the first and only high frequency spinal cord stimulation system approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a specific indication for PDN.... more

WIC celebrates National Nutrition Month

West Virginia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health, is highlighting the variety of foods available from around the world as part of National Nutrition Month.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 22

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 21, 2022, there are currently 623 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 5 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,651 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Mon Health SJMH now offering Cardiac TeleMon Service

The staff of Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center recently unveiled TeleMon, a new instrument for providing excellent care for patients suffering from cardiac issues at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston.... more

National Guard Chief visits Mon Health SJMH to thank guardsman

Major General William E. Crane, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard visited Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH), in Weston, on Tuesday, February 28.... more

 

Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital on path to offer local chemotherapy

Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital will soon be able to provide the patients of Preston County with chemotherapy treatment, close to home, thanks to the efforts of the West Virginia Congressional delegation who secured $580,000 in federal appropriations to construct a Chemotherapy Infusion Center and renovate the existing hospital pharmacy.... more

Davis Medical Center takes part in National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The month of March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the Davis Medical Center Endoscopy Center is joining thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates across the country to keep the community informed of the life-saving prevention practices they offer every day.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 18, 2022, there are currently 795 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 11 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,646 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes Health Care Human Resources Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing its Human Resources professionals during National Health Care Human Resources Week, held the third week of March each year.... more

Governor Justice - March 18

During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice reported that, this week, active cases dropped as low as 781; the lowest daily case count since July 4, 2020 – 622 days ago.... more

Why are COVID vaccination rates still low in some countries?

Why are COVID-19 vaccination rates still low in some countries? Limited supplies remain a problem, but experts say other challenges now include unpredictable deliveries, weak health care systems and vaccine hesitancy...... more

Dr. James Gainer named DHS Chief Medical Information Officer

A seasoned Davis Medical Center (DMC) physician recently added a new role to his family practice and hospitalist care. ... more

 

Davis Academy applications available to high school seniors

Davis Medical Center’s (DMC) “Davis Academy” is currently taking applications for the 2022-2023 internship program. The academy targets high school graduates who are undecided about a career path or who are not planning to go to college.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 16, 2022, there are currently 872 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 24 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,622 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

WVU Medicine celebrates National Social Work Month

WVU Medicine is celebrating National Social Work Month this March. Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation recognizing National Social Work Month at the request of WVU Medicine social worker Cynthia Harper, M.S.W., L.G.S.W.... more

Donathan joins Webster Memorial Team

Webster Memorial Hospital (WMH) is happy to welcome Dr. Chelsea Donathan to the emergency department medical staff.... more

 

W. Va. considered a ‘dementia neurology desert’ in new Alzheimer’s Association report

At 51 years old, the Rev. Clare Sulgit lives out her calling as an ordained minister. A fourth-generation United Methodist pastor, Rev. Sulgit pastors St. Mary’s United Methodist Church in St. Mary’s, W. Va.... more

 

Family Support Centers applications accepted

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is seeking to establish or expand Family Support Centers designed to address risk factors that may impact a family’s wellness and stability.... more

Why are COVID vaccination rates still low in some countries?

Why are COVID-19 vaccination rates still low in some countries? Limited supplies remain a problem, but experts say other challenges now include unpredictable deliveries, weak health care systems and vaccine hesitancy.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 14, 2022, there are currently 1,244 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 10 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,559* deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates 2022 Social Work Month

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates this year’s Social Work Month in March with the theme “The Time is Right for Social Work” to highlight how social workers have enriched our society for more than a century and how their services continue be needed today.... more

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed after two years?

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed after two years? More countries are shifting toward a return to normal and learning to live with the virus. Safe, effective vaccines have been developed and there’s better understanding of how to treat people sickened by the virus...... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 11, 2022, there are currently 1,432 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been six deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,550 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s recognizes National Nutrition Month in March

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital and their Registered Dietitian (RD) Kelly Povroznik, is recognizing National Nutrition Month in March by promoting the importance of making informed food choices while developing both sound eating and physical activity habits.... more

WVU Medicine implements Volpara Analytics™ to enhance mammography image quality

Building on its long-standing commitment to the early detection of breast cancer, WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute recently initiated a system-wide implementation of a suite of AI-based breast imaging software tools designed to help deliver high-quality, personalized breast cancer screening to every patient.... more

Red Cross testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies

For a limited time, the American Red Cross has resumed testing all blood, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Plasma from routine donations that have high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to help meet the needs of COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.... more

Newman named Medical Director of DHHR’s Office of Emergency Medical Services

Dr. Jonathan G. Newman has been named medical director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health West Virginia.... more

DHHR Secretary committed to making salary increases for Direct Services Employees

Bill J. Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), reiterated his commitment to making salary increases a reality for direct services employees of DHHR’s Bureau for Social Services. ... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 9, 2022, there are currently 1,436 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 18 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,488 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Millett named W.Va. 2022 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child

WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital patient Baylee Millett, 12, of Elkins has been named the 2022 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® Champion Child for West Virginia. ... more

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital offering free vein screening

On Monday, April 4, Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Weston, will offer a free vein screening.... more

DMC announces recent CAN graduates

Davis Medical Center (DMC) officials are pleased to announce the graduates of their first-ever Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program.... more

WVU neurosurgeon first in the world to treat patient with next-generation IRRAflow system

Nicholas Brandmeir, M.D., neurosurgeon at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, is the first neurosurgeon to successfully treat a hemorrhagic stroke patient using the next-generation IRRAflow® system.... more

 

Applications still being accepted for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is reminding qualified individuals that applications for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be accepted until Friday, March 18, 2022, or until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills.... more

 

Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation donates $25,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital

The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and all of the Nexstar Media Inc. television stations serving the state of West Virginia announced that the Foundation will donate $25,000 to WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 7, 2022, there are currently 1,909 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 12 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,452 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital revises patient, visitor guidelines

St. Joseph’s Hospital has announced that it will revise its visitor guidelines effective Monday, March 7. Visiting hours will be expanded to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and visitors will no longer be limited to one per patient. ... more

Virtual celebration for W. Va. Deaf Awareness Day

The West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WVCDHH) will present a virtual premiere of its celebration of Deaf Awareness Day at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2022, on the WVCDHH Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WVCDHH. ... more

 

W. Va. Senate’s Committee looks at administrative medical practices, health department funding

With West Virginia’s legislative crossover day now having passed, the Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee met on Thursday for the third time in eight days. On the meeting’s agenda were three bills, all relating to administrative medical practices.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 4, 2022, there are currently 2,088 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 13 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,440 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

WIC introduces additional flexibilities amid formula recall

West Virginia’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) within the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health is announcing additional flexibilities for WIC participants following the recent recall of powdered infant formula manufactured at Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. ... more

W. Va. Senate’s Committee approves seven medical-based House bills

With the conclusion of West Virginia’s 2022 legislative session less than two weeks away, the Senate’s Health and Human Resources Committee met on Tuesday with seven proposed bills on its agenda. Each of the bills deliberated by committee members related to the medical profession and originated within the W.Va. House of Delegates.... more

Senate Health advances bill capping insulin copays

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources advanced a bill Tuesday limiting copayments for insulin at $35 for a month’s supply and adding coverage for insulin devices into code for the first time.... more

Capito joins colleagues in pressing White House for accounting of trillions in COVID-19 spending

After President Joe Biden reiterated in his State of the Union Address his plans to ask Congress for additional COVID-19 funding, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) joined 35 of her Republican colleagues in a letter, led by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), to the president requesting an accounting of how the federal government has allocated trillions in taxpayer funds to combat the pandemic.... more

LUCAS to offer lung cancer screening in multiple locations

LUCAS, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art mobile lung cancer screening unit, will visit Nicholas, Jackson, Lewis, and Preston counties offering low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans.... more

DHS Foundation announces scholarship deadlines

The Davis Health System (DHS) Foundation is accepting applications through March 31, 2022, for four scholarships which will be awarded to 2022 graduating high school seniors.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 2, 2022, there are currently 2,143 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 42 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,381 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital Obstetrics nationally recognized

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital Obstetrics has been recognized as a Cribs for Kids® National Bronze Certified Safe Sleep Hospital. ... more

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital to expands to Elkins area

WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital announced that it will be expanding services in the Elkins area. The hospital currently provides podiatry care in Elkins with Addison Michael, DPM and Bonnie Blackburn, PA-C.... more

Spirit Halloween donates over $122K to WVU Medicine program

Representatives from Spirit Halloween costume retail stores presented the WVU Medicine Children’s Child Life Program with a check for $122,455 on Tuesday, which was donated by store customers last fall. ... more

W. Va. overdose deaths trending downward

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) has reported an improvement in the number of monthly overdose deaths from April 2021 through September 2021.... more

Mon Health employee provides the Gift of Life to friend

When Mon Health employee Correna Smithburger learned an old friend needed a lifesaving kidney donation in 2012, her immediate response was, “I’ll do it.”... more

Red Cross honors community heroes during annual Red Cross Month celebration in March

The motto of the Central Appalachia Region of the American Red Cross is “to live and work in a community where every life is touched and strengthened by the Red Cross.”... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – March 1

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 28, 2022, there are currently 3,045 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been nine deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,317 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID?

Is omicron leading us closer to herd immunity against COVID-19? Experts say it’s not likely that the highly transmissible variant — or any other variant — will lead to herd immunity...... more

Pulmonary Rehab offers help for recovering COVID-19 patients

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital will be celebrating Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day with a special health fair on Thursday, March 3. ... more

Glenville State University, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine enter partnership

On Friday, February 18, representatives from Glenville State University and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) met to welcome Glenville State as a partner in the Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Program (POMP) at WVSOM.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 25, 2022, there are currently 3,339 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 20 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,308 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor's update - February 25

During Friday’s briefing, Governor Justice announced that there will be a third round of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits allocated to eligible students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more

DHHR confirms first case of Salmonella, likely due to recalled powdered infant formula

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health, in coordination with local health partners, has confirmed the state’s first case of salmonella in an infant likely as a result of ingesting recalled powdered infant formula.... more

Davis Medical Center named to Top 100 Hospital list

Davis Medical Center is West Virginia’s only hospital to receive national recognition as a 2022 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital. Officials learned in February that the hospital had once again achieved the honor.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 23

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 23, 2022, there are currently 3,574 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 31 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,250 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor’s update (February 23)

During Wednesday’s briefing, Governor Justice announced that West Virginia’s number of active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, ICU patients, and patients on ventilators are now all declining.... more

Leighanne Jackson, NP, joins Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Leighanne Jackson, Nurse Practitioner. She will be specializing in both the pulmonary and family medicine fields.... more

Bob Huggins Fish Fry marks 10 years with $2.6M to support WVU Cancer Institute

In celebration of the Bob Huggins Fish Fry’s 10-year anniversary, supporters contributed a record $2.65 million to benefit lifesaving cancer care and research at the WVU Cancer Institute.... more

Red Cross hosts virtual preparedness sessions for the public

The Red Cross helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. We provide lifesaving courses that train people to respond in emergencies.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 21, 2022, there are currently 4,665 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 21 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,183 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor's update - February 21, 2022

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing to update the public on the state’s latest pandemic response and vaccine distribution efforts.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital donates to L-UAC

St. Joseph’s Hospital staff generously donated to the Lewis-Upshur Animal Shelter in honor of Valentine’s Day.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognizes National Wear Red Day

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon recognized National Wear Red Day on February 4, 2022. The national recognition occurs on the first Friday in February to help raise awareness about heart disease as the leading cause of death among Americans, especially women.... more

Mon Health Pulmonologist to be at health fair

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Pulmonologist Roger A. Abrahams, MD, FCCP will be appearing at Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day on Thursday, March 3. He will be making remarks at noon.... more

Mon Health Ground Hog Walk/Run held February 12

The Fourth Annual Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Groundhog 5K Walk/Run was held on Saturday, February 12. Bridgeport resident Brian Reider was the overall winner with a time of 17:38.2, followed by Richard Everly at 19:40, and third place for Keefe Kiser with a time of 20:53.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 18

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 18, 2022, there are currently 4,768 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 16 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,162 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital honors two VIPs

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon recently honored two staff members as their Valued Inspired Person (VIP). Honored were Kimberly Ice and Reverend Barry Moll.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital celebrates Cardiovascular Professionals Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital recognized its cardiovascular professionals during Cardiovascular Professionals Week this year from February 13 to February 19. The week celebrates all who work in cardiovascular care.... more

Death of Former DHHR Cabinet Secretary Paul Nusbaum

Paul Nusbaum, former Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), died on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. He served as Cabinet Secretary from 2001-2005, under former Governor Bob Wise.... more

 

DHHR’s warning on recalled powdered infant formulas

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) is advising parents and caregivers to cease the use of certain Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas, produced at Abbott Nutrition’s facility located in Sturgis, Michigan.... more

Touching lives with nursing

The nursing profession had its beginnings more than 160 years ago when the well-educated daughter of affluent British parents, Florence Nightingale, challenged the social conventions of her day and chose to become a nurse because she was passionate about improving the care of sick patients.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 16

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 16, 2022, there are currently 5,271 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 37 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,104 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

A middle-aged woman is the third patient to be potentially cured of HIV, scientists report

A middle-aged, mixed-race woman is the third patient to be potentially cured of HIV, with the virus in long-term remission four years after she received a transplant of stem cells harvested from an infant’s umbilical cord blood, scientists said.... more

Mountain Health Network, Marshall Health join Peak Health

Marshall Health and Mountain Health Network have joined the West Virginia University Health System (WVU Medicine) as owners of Peak Health, a West Virginia-based health insurance company formed in 2021 with the mission of making healthcare more accessible, understandable and collaborative.... more

 

February is National Cancer Prevention Month

According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), four out of 10 cancer cases in the U.S. are associated with preventable risk factors. The WVU Cancer Institute is joining the AACR to encourage everyone to do their part to reduce their cancer risk.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 14, 2022, there are currently 7,262 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 31 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 6,023 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

W.Va. surpasses 6,000 COVID-19 pandemic deaths

West Virginia has surpassed 6,000 coronavirus deaths as a health official warned that while confirmed cases and hospitalizations were on the decline, the rate of fatalities isn’t expected to slow in the state just yet.... more

 

WVDA calls for increase biosecurity given to prevent Avian Influenza

Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) are urging poultry owners to increase biosecurity efforts following the detection of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Indiana, Kentucky and Virginia. ... more

 

Extended application period for Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has extended the application period for the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) until Friday, March 18, 2022, or until funds are exhausted. The federally funded program assists eligible state residents in paying home heating bills.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 11

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 11, 2022, there are currently 8,076 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 26 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,992 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Can you get long COVID after an infection with omicron?

Can you get long COVID after an infection with omicron? It’s too early to know for sure, but many doctors believe it’s possible to have long-term effects from the omicron variant of the virus...... more

Davis Health partners with Cerner for new EHR

The Davis Health System (DHS) Board of Directors voted on Thursday to move forward with the purchase of a new electronic health record (EHR) platform that will improve clinical communication and the patient experience. DHS will partner with Cerner Corporation, a global healthcare technology company.... more

 

Congresswoman Miller joins 116 republicans to demand Biden take action on fentanyl

Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) joined Congressman Bryan Steil (WI-01) and 115 Republicans in sending a letter to President Biden urging his Administration to take immediate action to stem the fentanyl scourge coming from China and across the southern border, and support making fentanyl related substances Schedule 1 classification permanent.... more

W.Va. Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day to focus on first-responder legislation

The Alzheimer’s Association West Virginia Chapter will host its annual State Advocacy Day on Wednesday, February 16.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 9

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 9, 2022, there are currently 8,339 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 39 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,939 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor's update - February 9, 2022

During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice expressed cautious optimism about the state’s improving COVID-19 numbers, while continuing to urge all citizens to get vaccinated or boosted as appropriate.... more

Can you get long COVID after an infection with omicron?

Can you get long COVID after an infection with omicron? It’s too early to know for sure, but many doctors believe it’s possible to have long-term effects from the omicron variant of the virus...... more

 

St. George Medical Clinic hires dentist

The non-profit health organization St. George Medical Clinic is pleased to announce a new addition to their growing team. On February 7, 2022, Dr. Christopher Payne, DDS joined the team at the St. George Dental Clinic in Hambleton and will be accepting new patients.... more

 

Delegates working toward trauma protocols

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates are looking forward to the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health presenting screening protocols for adverse childhood experiences (ACES) as permitted by a law created in 2020. ... more

 

New Alzheimer’s treatments, strategies to be discussed at Future of Alzheimer’s webinar

One day, in the not too distant future, doctors will be able to definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease using tests that are cost effective, accessible and reliable so that new drug treatments work more effectively.... more

W.Va. DHHR COVID-19 update – February 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 7, 2022, there are currently 10,700 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 31 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,877 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor's Update - February 7, 2022

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing today to update the public on the state’s latest pandemic response and vaccine distribution efforts.... more

 

W.Va. Corrections mourns another COVID-19 officer death

A 31-year-old Western Regional Jail correctional officer has died from COVID-19, the fourth such death among Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation staff since the pandemic began.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – February 4

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 4, 2022, there are currently 11,116 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 17 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,846 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s Hospital receives a top US patient experience ranking

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon has received one of the top rankings in the United States for patient experience.... more

D&E, Mon Health partner for nursing scholarships, employment promise

Davis & Elkins College and Mon Health System Inc. announced a partnership to offer nursing students a scholarship opportunity and employment guarantee upon graduation. The Mon Health Scholars program is open to students entering the associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs as well as those transitioning from LPN to ASN.... more

Congresswoman Miller addresses negative impact of lockdowns on mental health, opioid crises

During a Ways and Means Committee hearing titled, “America’s Mental Health Crisis,” Congresswoman Carol Miller (R-WV) shed light on the negative impact COVID-19 lockdowns have on people struggling with mental health or substance abuse.... more

 

Pierpont adopts new programs to serve growing healthcare industry

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030, said Amy Cunningham, the interim dean of the School of Health Sciences at Pierpont Community & Technical College.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – February 2

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of February 2, 2022, there are currently 11,491 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 36 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,814 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

The Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur presents donation to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation

The Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur recently presented a generous donation to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation for their 2021 ... more

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Kevin Stalnaker named to Leadership WV

Kevin Stalnaker, Chief Administrative Officer for Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and Senior Vice President for Mon Health System has been named one of 52 leaders from across the state to participate in the 2022 class of Leadership West Virginia.... more

Increased calls to Suicide Hotline cause concern for West Virginia’s Call Center

Calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from West Virginia have increased significantly in recent years. ... more

WVU Medicine, Glenville State officials celebrate opening of clinic

Officials from the WVU Health System and Glenville State College officially announced the opening of the new WVU Medicine clinic at the Waco Center near the College at 921 Mineral Road. ... more

Go Red for Women observed throughout Mon Health System

February is Heart Month and Mon Health System employees are participating in activities to raise awareness of cardiac issues, especially in women. For more than a decade, Mon Health hospitals have participated in the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative with employees wearing red on the first Friday in February, this year’s being on Friday, February 4, 2022.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 31

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 31, 2022, there are currently 15,490 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 20 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,763 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

West Virginia to seek vaccine waivers for rural hospitals

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he’s joining with his counterparts in Tennessee and Virginia to request a waiver for rural hospitals from a vaccine mandate for health care providers receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding.... more

How many times can I reuse my N95 mask?

How many times can I reuse my N95 mask?It depends, but you should be able to use N95s and KN95s a few times...... more

Bill to cap insulin co-pays passes House

The West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 4252, a bill that reduces the co-pay on insulin and medical devices used by people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  HB 4252 would amend a previous law, allowing copays for a 30-day supply of insulin covered by prescriptions to drop from a maximum of $100 to $35.... more

Mon Health Recovery Program restores hope for patient recovering from addiction

Dr. Bruce Gorby of Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital brings hope to those suffering from substance abuse, whether the addiction is alcohol, gambling, methamphetamine, or opioids. He offers help with his treatment center located next to the Weston hospital. He opened his specialty in addiction treatment in 2019.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 28

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 28, 2022, there are currently 17,098 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 46 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,743 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

W.Va. Corrections staff honored for service amid COVID-19 response

West Virginia Homeland Security Secretary Jeff Sandy presented his department’s latest round of Freedom Awards on Wednesday to Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees.... more

What does it mean for COVID-19 to be endemic?

Some European countries such as Spain are making tentative plans for when they might start treating COVID-19 as an “endemic” disease, but the World Health Organization and other officials have warned that the world is nowhere close to declaring the pandemic over. A look at what endemic means and the implications for the future.... more

OraCare Cares Program donates rinse to a cancer patient with every order placed

A national dental rinse company based in West Virginia is setting up to help cancer patients in a big way this World Cancer Day.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 26

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 26, 2022, there are currently 18,149 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 24 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,674 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor’s Update - January 26

During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice highlighted the FDA’s recent announcement that they are no longer permitting the use of the two major monoclonal antibody treatments.... more

Davis Health launches new program for teen girls

Davis Health System is launching an initiative to assist young women with an issue that affects many students – accessibility to feminine hygiene products.... more

Mon Health’s Carole Norton added to state committee

Chief Nursing Officer at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Carole Norton was recently honored by her addition to the Division of Health Sciences at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. ... more

Blood donation appointments still critically needed amid first-ever Red Cross blood crisis

While there has been a significant and encouraging response to the dire need for blood across the nation, the American Red Cross needs more people to give in the weeks ahead to recover from its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. ... more

New echocardiogram equipment and technician now on staff at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

In collaboration with Mon Health Medical Center, Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital now has a sonographer on staff with new echocardiogram equipment.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 24

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 24, 2022, there are currently 21,417 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 36 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,645 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

St. Joseph’s celebrates Certified Regitered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Week

St. Joseph’s Hospital says a sincere thank you to its CRNA’s during the national recognition week January 23 through the 29.... more

COVID-19 patient thankful for care during ICU stay at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

When Marilynn Lindaberry was hospitalized with COVID-19 before Christmas at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, she knew the outcome could be bad and could only think of her family and what might happen to them without her around. ... more

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital plans Groundhog Day 5K on Feb. 5

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is planning the 4th Annual Groundhog Day 5K on Saturday, February 5 at the Hospital at 10 a.m.... more

 

Lakin correctional officer dies of COVID-19

West Virginia has lost a third correctional officer to COVID-19.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 21

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 21, 2022, there are currently 16,742 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 19 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,609 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms asked to avoid coming to St. Joseph’s Hospital Emergency Department for treatment or testing

St. Joseph’s Hospital is asking patients with mild symptoms of COVID to avoid coming to the Emergency Department for treatment or testing.... more

Why is it better to wear an N95 than a cloth mask right now?

Why is it better to wear an N95 than a cloth mask right now? Health experts suggest stepping up protection against the highly contagious omicron variant with stronger masks such as N95s or KN95s.... more

Davis Health System Foundation purchases new technology for Radiology Department

Davis Health System Foundation is pleased to announce the purchase of a new General Electric 1.5T 8-channel brain array coil for the Davis Medical Center Radiology Department.... more

Study shows drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million globally

Antibiotic-resistant germs caused more than 1.2 million deaths globally in one year, according to new research that suggests that these “superbugs” have joined the ranks of the world’s leading infectious disease killers.... more

Senators announce WVU funding for cancer detection, diagnosis

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $361,000 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for cancer detection and diagnosis research at West Virginia University (WVU).... more

 

New Life Retreat Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Education

Methamphetamines are one of the most common drugs of across the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 16,000 people died in 2019 due to psychostimulants with methamphetamines being the most common stimulant causing these deaths.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 19

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 19, 2022, there are currently 15,906 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 15 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,576 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor’s Update - January 19

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing to update the public on the State’s latest pandemic response efforts.... more

New unit formed to combat health care fraud in West Virginia

A new initiative to combat health care fraud in West Virginia was launched Tuesday in Wheeling, according to United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld.... more

Capito, Manchin announce funding opportunity for Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, Behavioral Health Support services

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the availability of $13 million in funding for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) and Behavioral Health Care Support (BHS) program through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and encourage West Virginia entities to apply.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 17

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 17, 2022, there are currently 20,392 COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 19 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,535 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor’s Update - January 17

On Monday, Gov. Justice held his first COVID-19 briefing since testing positive for the disease early last week.... more

WV Living asks for Health Care Heroes nominations

Do you know someone who is making a huge impact in West Virginia health care? WV Living is seeking nominations for Health Care Hero recognition!... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 14

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 14, 2022, there are currently 17,364 COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 13 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,516 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

When am I contagious if infected with omicron?

When am I contagious if infected with omicron? It’s not yet clear, but some early data suggests people might become contagious sooner than with earlier variants — possibly within a day after infection.... more

Mon Health SJMH December Employee of the Month

Surgical employee Kayla Peck has been named the December 2021 ICARE Employee of the Month for Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) in Weston.... more

Two new board members added at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has announced the addition of two new members to the Board of Directors – Alissa Lambert and George Stansberry, both of Lewis County.... more

Davis Medical Center earns West Virginia Governor’s Award for Life 2021

Davis Medical Center has received the West Virginia Governor’s Award for Life 2021. The award recognizes hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue, and cornea donation within their health care facilities, and have achieved increased donation rates as a result.... more

Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon accepting grant applications from health-focused nonprofit organizations

The Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon is accepting grant applications now through Feb. 11 for its 2022-2023 Healthy Communities Initiative, which provides funding to health-focused nonprofit organizations serving Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Webster counties in West Virginia.... more

National blood crisis may put patients at risk

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade. Dangerously low blood supply levels are posing a concerning risk to patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 13

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 12, 2022, there are currently 13,607 COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 29 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,481 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor Justice tests positive for COVID-19

Tuesday, upon the sudden onset of symptoms Gov. Jim Justice received a positive PCR test for COVID-19. Confirmatory testing was performed by the West Virginia State Lab with an additional positive result. An additional test is being administered tonight to confirm the initial PCR results.... more

Another rapid surge in COVID patients is testing St. Joe’s Hospital limits

COVID infections are on the rise again with Delta and now the Omicron variant. This new wave is affecting hospitals across West Virginia and St. Joseph’s Hospital is no different.... more

West Virginia child abuse statistics released

Today, the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) released its Statewide Data for the 2020 -2021 fiscal year. The data in the report reflects service from West Virginia’s 21 Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) which provided official service to 44 of 55 counties in the state.... more

5 WV health centers to receive $8.3 million in grants

Five health centers in West Virginia will receive a total of $8.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.... more

West Virginia Hospital Association has awarded Davis Medical Center and Broaddus Hospital

The West Virginia Hospital Association has awarded Davis Medical Center the Gold, and Broaddus Hospital received the Silver Commitment to Excellence award.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 10

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 10, 2022, there are currently 15,124 COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 24 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,445 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Hospitalizations skyrocket in kids too young for COVID shots

Hospitalizations of U.S. children under 5 with COVID-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine.... more

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19?

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19? Experts say testing is the best way to determine what you have since symptoms of the illnesses can overlap...... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 7

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 7, 2022, there are currently 13,980 active* COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 29 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,421 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

 

Burr, Blunt demand answers from Biden Administration on dire COVID-19 test shortage despite ample funding

U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member of the Senator Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, recently sent a letter urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to detail the administration’s strategy for solving the nation’s severe shortage of COVID-19 tests as coronavirus cases driven by the omicron variant continue to skyrocket.... more

Dr. Bruce Gorby offering addiction treatment at Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital

As well as being a family physician, Bruce Gorby, DO, began offering addiction treatment in 2019, and was certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Gorby has devoted his practice fulltime to the Mon Health Recovery Care Program at a clinic next to Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital on Route 33, west of Weston.... more

Mon Health partners with leading health systems to fund domestic isolation gown manufacturing facility

Mon Health is participating in a joint venture with Premier, S2S, in conjunction with DeRoyal industries to fund a domestic isolation gown manufacturing facility. This effort will be known as “DePre,” and will be located in the United States.... more

Webster Hospital officially joins Davis Health System

January 1 marked the start of a new year and a new era of healthcare delivery for Webster County as Davis Health System officially assumed the operational assets of the county’s hospital.... more

 

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia and SOAR WV to host Winter Care Fair

On January 15, 2022 @ 2pm, Women’s Health Center of West Virginia in collaboration with Solutions Oriented Addiction Response (SOAR WV) will host a Winter Care Fair in the parking lot of Women’s Health Center at 510 West. Washington Street in Charleston.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 5

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 5, 2022, there are currently 17,718 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 11 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,372 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

FEMA assisting families who suffered loss due to COVID

Losing a loved one is never an easy process, and the financial burden left on some families can be somewhat overwhelming. To assist those who have lost family members due to the pandemic, help is available.... more

Mon Health hospitals earn national recognition for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation

Mon Health hospitals have earned national recognition for their efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL). ... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – January 3

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 3, 2022, there are currently 15,015 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 20 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,356 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Flu is making a comeback in US after an unusual year off

The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off, with flu hospitalizations rising and two child deaths reported.... more

How can I protect a child too young for a COVID-19 vaccine?

How can I protect a child too young for a COVID-19 vaccine?... more

Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant?

Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant?... more

Can your pet get COVID-19?

Can your pet get COVID-19? Yes, pets and other animals can get the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but health officials say the risk of them spreading it to people is low...... more

DHHR warns of spam messages regarding vaccine status

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has received reports of individuals receiving spam text messages asking them to validate their driver’s license through the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – December 30

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of December 30, 2021, there are currently 11,017 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 31 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,336 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

Governor Update - December 30

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing Thursday to update the public on the State’s latest pandemic response efforts.... more

Mike Ross presents generous donation to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Women’s Health Campaign

Mike Ross, St. Joseph’s Foundation board member and President of Mike Ross, Inc. and Ross and Wharton Gas Company, recently presented a generous donation to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. ... more

At West Virginia vaccine clinic, pandemic fatigue sets in

Chania Batten has as much reason as anybody to feel pandemic fatigue.... more

WV families anticipate more mental, financial stress in New Year

West Virginia families expect increased financial stress and anxiety in the new year.... more

Times Square show will go on despite virus surge

New York City will ring in 2022 in Times Square as planned despite record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the city, the state and around the nation, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – December 29

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of December 29, 2021, there are currently 9,478 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 18 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,305* deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant.... more

WHO chief worried about ‘tsunami’ of omicron, delta cases

The head of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that he’s worried about the omicron and delta variants of COVID-19 producing a “tsunami” of cases between them, but he’s still hopeful that the world will put the worst of the pandemic behind it in 2022.... more

Frequently Asked Questions on the Emergency Use Authorization for Paxlovid for Treatment of COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions on the Emergency Use Authorization for Paxlovid for Treatment of COVID-19... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – December 27

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of December 27, 2021, there are currently 8,746 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been nine deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,260 deaths attributed to COVID-19.... more

New easy-to-use COVID-19 pills come with a catch

Newly infected COVID-19 patients have two new treatment options that can be taken at home.... more

Omicron spreads global gloom over New Year’s celebrations

As omicron spreads ever more gloom around the globe ahead of New Year’s Eve, governments are moving at different speeds to contain the scourge, with some reimposing restrictions immediately and others hesitating to spoil the party again.... more

Senator Joe Manchin co-sponsors Excellence in Mental Health Act

Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) co-sponsored the Excellence in Mental Health Act, giving the bill bipartisan support with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) already signed on.... more

Dr. Sami Aljohani to join Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center

The Mon Health Heart and Vascular Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Sami Aljohani, to its staff. Dr. Aljohani will soon be practicing at the Mon Health Heart and Vascular locations in Elkins and Weston.... more

U-BHD Update - August 27

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following local COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.... more

WV DHHR COVID-19 update – June 25

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of June 25, 2021, there have been 2,990,975 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 163,804 total cases and 2,876 deaths.... more

U-BHD reports local COVID-19 death - June 25

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department provides the following COVID-19 update as of 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021. ... more

Capito, Manchin announce more than $7.7 Million in Energy Assistance for West Virginia families

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $7,715,683 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ... more