April 6, 2020, 10:30 a.m.: West Virginia's COVID-19 cases have gone up by 21 since yesterday for a total of 345 positives in the state. Monongalia County is up to 53 diagnosed cases.
April 4, 2020, noon: Monongalia County has made changes to liquor sales in the county, including banning sales to anyone without a West Virginia-issued ID.
April 4, 2020, 11 a.m.: West Virginia's COVID-19 cases have gone up by 45 since yesterday for a total of 282 positives in the state. The DHHR also announced that Berkeley and Jefferson counties in the Eastern Panhandle have been hit hard by a cluster of cases.
April 2, 2020, 9:15 a.m.: The City of Morgantown is warning residents to beware of COVID-19 scams.
March 28, 2020: Sundale employees face stigma as well as an outpouring of community support.
March 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.: The current number of COVID-19 cases from Sundale is 16 patients and four workers. Two of the workers live outside of Monongalia County and will not be included in the county's COVID-19 totals.
March 24, 2020, 5:30 p.m.: Seven Sundale-related COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed.
March 23, 10:15 a.m.: Monongalia County Health Department Environmental Health has updated its web page to provide links to all executive orders and guidance for restaurants and other businesses issued by the governor.
March 20, 2020: Gov. Jim Justice issues more closures and asks for blood donations.
March 20, 2020: If you are interested in participating in Tuesday's Morgantown City Council meeting, there are a few ways to do that now that county buildings are closed to the public.
March 19 2020, 9:15 p.m.: Monongalia County has its first positive case of COVID-19.
March 19, 6 p.m.: Gov. Jim Justice has provided additional guidance on the limitation of food establishments.
March 19, 2020, 6 p.m.: MCHD Clinical Services and MCHD Dentistry have made procedural changes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 19, 2020, 5:15 p.m.: Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order providing unemployment benefits to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 18, 2020: Gyms and recreational facilities have been ordered closed by Gov. Jim Justice.
March 18, 2020: West Virginia has its second positive case of COVID-19. As of Wednesday, March 18, there have been 143 negative tests and three are pending, in addition to the two positive cases.
March 18, 2020: Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order closing casinos in the state of West Virginia and limiting restaurants and bars to take-out, drive-through and delivery only, with no sit-down service.
March 18, 2020: WVU Medicine has announced that it will begin drive-through testing for COVID-19 at five locations around the state, including Morgantown.
March 17, 2020: The City of Morgantown has closed city buildings and municipal court.
March 16, 2020: The DHHR updated its website with COVID-19 testing criteria.
March 16, 2020: Monongalia County Public Safety Agencies are modifying operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 16, 2020: In the interest of public health, Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) has announced a moratorium on service disconnections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Late fees also will be waived. Read more...
March 13, 2020: The City of Morgantown has released a statement on COVID-19 that includes a list of meeting cancellations.
March 12, 2020: The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services has created a new COVID-19 page that highlights testing. You can still access it through Monongalia County Health Department's COVID-19 page.
March 11, 2020: Monongalia County Health Department and several other community stakeholders, including WVU, WVU Medicine, Mon Health Medical Center, the City of Morgantown,and more, have formed a Joint Information Center (JIC) to streamline communications during the COVID-19 situation.
March 10, 2020: WVU President Gordon Gee has announced the university's plans following spring break, including an extra week without classes and then online courses. Read more on WVU's COVID-19 website.
March 9, 2020: There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia. As of March 9, 2020, West Virginia has tested five residents for COVID-19 with two results negative and three pending.
Also, West Virginia DHHR has announced that the state Office of Laboratory Services can now conduct its own COVID-19 testing.
Also, West Virginia DHHR has created a new COVID-19 hotline.
Should I be concerned about COVID-19 (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.
People 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, they should call one of the following two numbers to set up a time, location and protocol to be evaluated: WVU Medicine at 304-598-6000 and Mon Health System at 304-285-3798.
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.