The county-by-county color-code map of WV that is being used for school reopening is now officially determining nursing home visitation, as well. Nursing home or assisted living facilities in orange or red counties will not allow visitation, except in cases of compassionate care due to end-of-life or deteriorating physical/mental health. Red counties will also restrict activities for residents such as communal dining and non-essential services. Green and yellow counties will permit visitation with varying levels of safety restrictions. Because of this new system, the previous executive order banning nursing home visitation has been lifted, though it’s still being recommended that you call and make an appointment before visiting a nursing home, so that they have the ability to restrict the number of visitors at any given time. There are now 31 outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the state, the largest of these being Grant Rehab and Care Center in Grant County, Cedar Ridge Center and the Marmet Nursing Home in Kanawha County, Trinity Healthcare in Logan County, Princeton Healthcare Center in Mercer County, Springfield Center in Monroe County, Pine Lodge Nursing Home in Raleigh County, and Rosewood Nursing Home in Taylor County.

Governor Justice has said that since his statewide indoor face covering requirement went into effect on July 7th, WV has seen a decline in its daily rate of positive tests, both on a 7-day and 14-day rolling basis. Additionally, Governor Justice announced that West Virginia’s Rt (rate of transmission) is currently tied for the 3rd best rate in the county, remaining under 1.0 every day since July 6th.

South Central Regional Jail remains on lockdown after the second complete round of enhanced testing – more than 460 inmates and 80 staff have been tested, with 61 positive inmates and 4 positive employees at this time. Mount Olive Correctional Complex and Jail have tested this past week, as well; so far, there are 3 positive tests among inmates and 7 among employees, though a majority of tests are still pending.

  • U.S. island in the Caribbean and Pacific, which had largely avoided coronavirus outbreaks, are emerging now as hotspots. Hawaii ranks among the states where new cases are growing fastest, and the U.S. Virgin Island are halting tourism.
  • The CDC have modified their testing guidelines saying that people without symptoms don’t need to be tested. Experts are challenging the change, noting that people are most contagious before the onset of their symptoms in many cases.
  • American Airlines announced that they would be furloughing 19,000 employees when federal restrictions on job cuts end on October 1st. Though airlines received about $24 million in bailout funds early in the pandemic, air travel has not picked back up very quickly and they are still struggling financially.
  • Mississippi reported 67 new deaths yesterday, and Montana reported 6 – both single-day state records.
  • Two more cases of reinfection were reported in Europe yesterday, a day after a man in Hong Kong was confirmed to have the virus twice.
  • A surge in cases has pushed Spain’s per-capita caseload far higher than other European counties, and even above the United States’ in recent days.
  • South Korea is closing schools in and around Seoul and returning to online classes due to a fast-spreading outbreak.
  • The Gaza Strip recorded their first known case of community transmission. Many worry about the pandemic’s potential spread in such a densely populated area.

In case you missed it:

  • Collaborate Office Hours – Join Charlie and Jonathan every Friday from 2 – 3pm if you have questions regarding Collaborate or reporting! Please register for the date and time that works best for you:
  • Last week, Missouri KidsFirst expanded #Essential4Kids campaign by launching the standalone website with new and updated resources designed to educate adults on how to recognize and respond to abuse (during COVID and beyond). Under the “digital flyers” tab there is one updated for schools that includes tips on how to identify abuse during virtual education and there’s also a standalone one-pager on signs of abuse (they are both here: I encourage you to peruse this site-we have two videos for school professionals during COVID and a newsletters we put out under “Resources” (here was the one for schools we put out earlier that has an additional video) and also to continue to check out our social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) and sign up for the weekly newsletter. This week we are focusing on schools in particular, with daily posts. Our director and department of education commissioner also put together a joint video for educators that we’ll be featuring. It’s currently up here.
  • September 10th at 1pm – “How the Brain Responds to Opioids” with Barry Steiner Ball
    Persons suffering from addiction make no sense to those of us who have not suffered with this disease. Why would anyone choose to shoot up with heroin and risk death, prison or follow on diseases instead of being a productive member of society? The answer begins in the very basic parts of our brain. This session will help participants better understand the brain physiology that allows opioids to take over a person’s life. By better understanding how the brain reacts to opioids we can help to end the negative stigma that has hampered our community’s response to this epidemic.