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FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, a Sundale nursing home sign sits on the property in Morgantown, W.Va., where several people have tested positive for the coronavirus. Nursing homes across the country went into lockdown this month with mandatory measures to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but an alarming wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests the steps that included a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough. (Ron Rittenhouse/Dominion Post via AP, File)

'Horror story' West Virginia nursing home reports 2nd death

Apr. 9, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A second resident of a West Virginia nursing home described as “ground zero” for the state’s coronavirus caseload has died, Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday. Justice, a Republican, said the state's fifth virus death was an 89-year-old woman from the Sundale...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. For a moment, West Virginia looked like it was going to be the only state in the country to allow betting on the presidential election. The short-lived play by bookmaker giant FanDuel was approved by the state lottery board. But it was announced and nixed within the span of about two hours Tuesday, April 7, 2020 in a bizarre sequence that appeared to baffle top government officials. Republican Gov. Jim Justice said it was ridiculous and he didn't know why the lottery commission would approve such a deal. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

Presidential betting gets axed quickly in West Virginia

Apr. 8, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For just a moment, West Virginia was the only state in the country to allow betting on the presidential election. The short-lived play by bookmaker giant FanDuel, which was approved by the state lottery board, was announced and then quickly nixed Tuesday night in a bizarre sequence...

Phyllis Slay prays in her car during a Palm Sunday parking lot service at Famiily Worship Center in Beckley, W.V., Sunday, April 5, 2020.  (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

Justice expands tightened restrictions to hot spot in Marion

Apr. 8, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday expanded his coronavirus hot spot restrictions to Marion County after the area reported a jump in cases this week. The governor had previously strengthened existing virus protocols in Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Harrison, Monongalia and...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Apr. 8, 2020 2:56 PM EDT

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ April 7 The Parkersburg News and Sentinel on the future of the school year for West Virginia students: No one can say what course COVID-19 will take through West Virginia. We know that the virus has gained a strong foothold here, however, and if the experience...

Phyllis Slay prays in her car during a Palm Sunday parking lot service at Famiily Worship Center in Beckley, W.V., Sunday, April 5, 2020.  (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

5 test positive for virus at West Virginia nursing home

Apr. 7, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least five people at a nursing home in West Virginia's capital have the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday as they wait on dozens of test results. Four patients and one staffer of the Eastbrook Center nursing home have tested positive with 52 results still pending, according...

Phyllis Slay prays in her car during a Palm Sunday parking lot service at Famiily Worship Center in Beckley, W.V., Sunday, April 5, 2020.  (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

W.Va. judge allows ankle monitors for virus scofflaws

Apr. 6, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge in the county with the state's highest coronavirus caseload has approved strapping ankle monitors to people who test positive but refuse to quarantine, officials said Monday. The order allows Kanawha County sheriffs to use the GPS bracelets after a county...

Justice asks National Guard to help with unemployment calls

Apr. 6, 2020 5:13 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia National Guard members who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic will be used to process mounting unemployment claims, Gov. Jim Justice said. “As of Monday, the Workforce call line will be operating 24/7 and I have directed the West Virginia...

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, a Sundale nursing home sign sits on the property in Morgantown, W.Va., where several people have tested positive for the coronavirus. Nursing homes across the country went into lockdown this month with mandatory measures to protect their frail, elderly residents from coronavirus, but an alarming wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests the steps that included a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough. (Ron Rittenhouse/Dominion Post via AP, File)

West Virginia reports 3rd coronavirus death

Apr. 5, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A nursing home patient with underlying health conditions became the third person to die from the new coronavirus in West Virginia, health officials said Sunday. The Department of Health and Human Resources said the 76-year-old man was a resident of the Sundale nursing home in...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol, in Charleston, W.Va. Gov. Justice has tightened restrictions on three counties and ordered in the National Guard to try and curb a coronavirus hotspot in the state’s eastern panhandle, which includes suburbs of Washington. In an executive order Friday, April 3, 2020, the Republican restricted people in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties to gatherings of no more five. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

West Virginia gov tightens virus restrictions for 6 counties

Apr. 4, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has tightened restrictions on six counties in an attempt to curb coronavirus hotspots. In an executive order Friday, the Republican governor restricted people in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties to gatherings of no more than five. Those three...

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Monday March 16, 2020. Justice declared a state of emergency in response to the new coronavirus, even as West Virginia remains the last state in the U.S. without a confirmed case. (F. Brian Ferguson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

Justice announces virus hotspot in jumbled briefing

Apr. 3, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and his health officials agree on one thing: There's a coronavirus hotspot in the state's eastern panhandle. What they couldn't get consensus on was where exactly it's happening or whether it was linked to one particular retail chain. The governor's...