Governor issues tighter restrictions for Eastern Panhandle amid rise in COVID cases

Businesses must direct employees to work from home, no gatherings of more than five people permitted, National Guard to assist counties by Kate Shunney West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Friday issued an Executive Order directly aimed at limiting the spread of a growing number of cases of coronavirus illness in the Eastern Panhandle. The…

Voters urged to use absentee ballots for primary election

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, April 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced the state’s primary election would not be held on May 12, but would be delayed until June 9. The story has been edited to include that information. —————————————————————– by Kate Shunney Morgan County Clerk Kimberly Nickles has said her office is preparing to provide…

Schools to stay closed for most of April

Hundreds of students still being fed daily by Kate Shunney Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Virginia, Governor Jim Justice has said all public and private schools in the state will remain closed until at least Monday, April 20. The announcement has led local school officials to shift gears…

Commissioners approve $7.6 million budget for 2020-2021

by Kate Shunney The Morgan County Commissioners on Wednesday, March 25 approved a $7.6 million budget for county operations for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020 and runs through June 30, 2021. In a meeting streamed over social media to increase public access, county officials unanimously okayed the $7,677,559 budget, which…

War Memorial staff trained for safety, prepped for patient surge

by Kate Shunney Morgan County’s hospital has taken multiple steps to protect their healthcare workers and prepare for a potential surge of patient cases, said Valley Health system officials this week. Tom Kluge, President of War Memorial Hospital, said all employees of Valley Health hospitals have had “a lot of training” in the appropriate use…

First Morgan County COVID case confirmed Sunday

Editor’s note: This story was updated on Tuesday, March 31 with comments from additional health officials. by Kate Shunney The head of the Berkeley-Morgan County Health Department confirmed Sunday the first positive test of COVID-19 in a Morgan County resident. That is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that has spread globally, causing a…

Locals sewing masks, making sanitizer for medical practices

A shortage of masks and other protective gear for medical personnel and first responders amid the spread of coronavirus cases has sparked an effort here and nationwide for individuals to make and donate fabric masks, booties and gowns. Helping Hands in Berkeley Springs – Let’s Sew is one such effort. Organized by Berkeley Springs resident…

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