Learn more about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
There are four coronaviruses that commonly cause illness in human beings, including some colds, with respiratory symptoms ranging from mild to moderate.
Sometimes, coronaviruses that infect animals can evolve, make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. Three types of coronaviruses — MERS, SARS and now COVID-19 — fall into this category.
COVID-19 originated in China late last year and has spread around the world. West Virginia was the last state in the U.S. to have a case diagnosed, which happened on March 17, 2020.
Individuals with legitimate concerns about the possibility of having COVID-19 should not walk into a health department, hospital emergency department, urgent care or other health care facility to seek testing or treatment.
Instead, call your primary care provider, an urgent care or WVU Medicine at 304-598-6000 to determine a location and protocol for being evaluated. Free testing events are held periodically and will be advertised on this website as well as Monongalia County Health Department's website.
The CDC has an information and help line at 800-CDC-INFO.
This is a quickly evolving situation and we will be updating this space, as well as our social media pages when new information emerges. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @wvmchd and on Instagram at wvmchd.
At this time, precautions that can be taken include:
Below are links to additional COVID-19 information as well as a video.
West Virginia Department of Education
This website provides the School Alert System map, school outbreaks, school re-entry information and the Kids Connect Initiative, designed to support the learning needs of children during time outside of school hours. By installing the necessary equipment, public schools, higher education institutions, libraries and state parks with existing connectivity will be turned into WiFi hotspots. The signals will be broadcast into parking lots and locations in close proximity allowing students to visit these areas and access the WiFi to complete school assignments.