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West Virginia leaders anticipate latest developments with covid-19 vaccines

West Virginia leaders expressed optimism about recent national developments for covid-19 vaccines, including progress with additional kinds of booster shots, mix-and-match vaccine options and vaccines for younger children.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was expected as soon as today to authorize a booster shots of Moderna vaccine for people 65 and older and for people at special risk of covid-19, as well as an extra shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine for people 18 and older.

Dr. Clay Marsh

“This would be half the dose of the first two shots related to the booster for Moderna,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s covid-19 response adviser.

Last week, an FDA advisory panel recommended authorizing booster doses of Moderna’s and Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccines, but authorization was still anticipated from the full agency.

And in short order, the FDA is expected to approve Pfizer or Moderna covid-19 booster shots for people as young as 40.

FDA also is expected to authorize people’s use of a different covid-19 vaccine than they originally received. That would not only give people more options for a booster but could also provide greater protection.

“It looks like it could be a combination shot with a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or with another Johnson & Johnson vaccine,” Marsh said.

“It does appear that taking a second shot with a messenger RNA vaccine — Moderna probably greater than Pfizer — will give you more antibodies, at least at 13 days, than a second shot of Johnson & Johnson.”

Finally, FDA is anticipated to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, possibly this month or early next month.

Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice again today said he hopes younger West Virginia residents who are eligible will get seek out vaccination.

“I encourage our young people to get vaccinated, but at the same time we need the help of our parents and grandparents,” Justice said.

West Virginia statistics show 58 percent of state residents above age 12 are considered fully vaccinated.

The state today registered 8,469 active cases of covid-19, a number on the decline over recent weeks.

There were 714 covid-19 patients listed in the hospital today. Of those, almost 77 percent were unvaccinated.

There were 211 covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit. Almost 87 percent were unvaccinated.

And 128 covid-19 patients need ventilators to breathe. Almost 88 percent were unvaccinated.

West Virginia reported 74 deaths related to covid-19 since the state’s prior update. West Virginia now has identified 4,219 covid-related deaths over the course of the pandemic.

“We know the death numbers are really mounting up not only in West Virginia but also in our country and the world,” Marsh said.

Of the thousands who have died of covid-19 in West Virginia, 225 were vaccinated, Marsh said. All the rest were unvaccinated.

“This really does reinforce the benefit of being vaccinated,” he said.

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TCU’s ground game poses tough challenge for stingy West Virginia run defense

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In each of its first five games, West Virginia’s defense played well enough for the Mountaineers to win.

The Mountaineers were only victorious twice despite the opposition not surpassing 30 points in a game until WVU’s 45-20 loss at Baylor in its most recent outing.

With its worst showing of the season leading into the only bye week for West Virginia, the defense is out to prove the performance against the Bears was an outlier as the unit tries to get back on track Saturday at TCU.

“We reflect on the game, get it over with and see what we did wrong and see what we did right and kind of move past it,” senior linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo said. “We don’t let one game really bring us down or keep us too high. Of course you definitely have that in the back of your mind — a team put up 45 points on us and that doesn’t just go away. But at the same time, you can’t focus on that. You worry about last week, you’ll mess around and let that bleed into this week.”

Ahead of the matchup with Baylor, much of the defensive focus was on slowing down the Bears’ ground-oriented offensive attack. West Virginia allowed 171 rushing yards in the setback, but it was the pass defense that was particularly problematic, with Baylor quarterback Gerry Bohanon throwing for 336 yards on 18 completions.

It appears a similar challenge is in store against a Horned Frogs’ offense averaging a near equal output rushing (227.5 yards per game) and passing (232.5 ypg).

Only Baylor and Texas average more rushing yards than TCU among Big 12 teams, while the Horned Frogs are sixth in the conference in passing.

“Offensively, they’ve done a great job mixing it up,” third-year WVU head coach Neal Brown said. “You can tell they’ve made it a point to improve running the football and they have. They’ve ran it extremely well versus everybody they’ve played this year.”

The Horned Frogs have four players — tailbacks Zach Evans, Kendre Miller and Emeri Demercado and quarterback Max Duggan — with at least 125 rushing yards.

Evans, who missed last week’s loss at Oklahoma but was deemed probable to play against the Mountaineers by TCU head coach Gary Patterson, leads with 586 rushing yards and 7.9 yards per carry.

Miller is equally explosive and has 357 yards and a 7.3-yard per carry average.

“Those two backs are special,” Brown said. “If you look at our league, we’re getting ready to hit the gauntlet. [Iowa State’s] Breece Hall, [Texas’] Bijan Robinson is playing at a high level. But Evans has played at an extremely high level all year. Miller does get a little bit overlooked, but look at his production. He’s a bigger kid, but he runs away from Oklahoma on a touchdown as he tightropes the sideline.

“The level of running back play in our league right now is really high. I would put those guys up there with the best of them.”

Texas Christian running back Kendre Miller (33) rushes for a touchdown against Texas Tech. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Duggan has gained 231 yards and Demercado 125, including 57 on seven carries against the Sooners.

TCU has rushed for at least 169 yards in all six games, while averaging better than four yards per attempt in each contest to this point.

“The most improved aspect of their team is on the offensive line,” Brown said. “They’re playing seven guys up there. They’ve had a couple injuries, but they haven’t fallen off. They’ve done a really nice job with their development there.”

Having a dual threat in Duggan only adds to the challenge for West Virginia, which has gone against a mobile quarterback in all five games against FBS opponents.

“You can do everything right and he can still make a play with his feet,” Chandler-Semedo said. “It’s very similar to the Virginia Tech game. We had everything covered and [Hokies’ quarterback Braxton Burmeister] makes a third-and-24 possible with his legs. That’s always a different dynamic.

“Tou have five receivers out wide including a running back, and you have to worry about a sixth, which is probably the best athlete on the field, especially in this case like it was against V-Tech.”

Yet for the challenges West Virginia’s defense faces against another potent rushing attack, there are potential problems for TCU going against what’s by and large been a stingy unit against the run.

The Mountaineers are surrendering 2.96 yards per rush, good for 12th best in college football, while their average of 101.7 rushing yards allowed per game ranks 19th overall.

A defensive front anchored by Akheem Mesidor and Dante Stills has made ground games rather ineffective.

Baylor is the only opponent to average better than 4 yards per rushing attempt, while only the Bears and Maryland have averaged more than 3 yards on the ground.

“We feel good about our run defense,” Brown said. “That’s been probably the best part of our football team — that and a couple areas on special teams so far. But it’s going to be maybe our biggest challenge this week.”

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WV school meal programs feel impact of national supply chain issue

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some West Virginia school districts are struggling to serve lunches amid an ongoing supply chain issue nationwide.

Blaine Hess

In Jackson County Schools, Superintendent Blaine Hess said in recent days they’ve been dealing with food shortages and fewer deliveries.

“Some of the items are just not available,” Hess told MetroNews affiliate WMOV Radio in Ravenswood.

Pork, bacon, sausage, chicken and breakfast cereal are just some of the items they’ve had trouble receiving.

The low supply is now impacting future meal planning, Hess said.

“It causes some havoc with our posted menus. We usually plan those out a month in advance, so there are some last minute changes based on an availability of supplies,” he said.

Hess said they’ve have had to rework breakfast and lunch options for students depending on what deliveries they get.

“It’s almost like a roulette game where you order things and then you’re kind of surprised at what comes in when the truck arrives,” he said.

Hess said the school district is still able to meet all criteria for their national lunch program, but now they have to meet those needs with different products.

Crescent Gallagher

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is monitoring the situation. Spokesperson Crescent Gallagher told MetroNews they have received reports of some empty shelves in the state.

“We’re always concerned, especially during this pandemic, with food supply,” he said. “When we have national supply chain issues, a lot of times we have to shift our focus to local options for groceries or food.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a backlog at the ports and that’s because there is a shortage of staff to move products from ships to trucks and then onto to the roads and into the stores. As a result, prices are rising on everything from clothes to groceries.

With the holiday season approaches, some fear there won’t be enough turkeys to go around for Thanksgiving, but Gallagher said West Virginia isn’t currently in a place to be concerned about that.

“We’re unaware of any problems as far as turkeys or poultry. West Virginia does produce a lot of poultry in the state. We encourage people, if there’s a shortage at their local grocery store, contact your local farmer and see what they have,” he said.

President Joe Biden has announced commitments from several big companies to ramp up distribution and shipping, but some distributors said they’re facing problems that don’t have quick fixes like limited space in ports.

The issue has also lead to staffing shortages at stores nationwide.

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Justice says one measurement of unemployment represents record low

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice is touting September’s unemployment rate in West Virginia as the lowest in state history.

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Governor Jim Justice

“Today we are announcing the lowest unemployment rate in the history of the state of West Virginia,” Justice said during a Wednesday morning online announcement.

According to WorkForce West Virginia, 3.2% of the state’s workforce was unemployed in September. That number was not seasonally adjusted. The seasonally adjusted rate for the month was 4.6% which represents the lowest in that category since August 2008,

The state usually lists the seasonally adjusted rate ahead of the not seasonally adjusted rate because that statistical measurement attempts to remove predictable seasonal patterns when determining unemployment.

Both numbers for September do support a continuing downward trend in unemployment in West Virginia. State Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch said it’s no mistake.

“It’s not by happenstance. It’s a result of excellent top-down leadership,” Gaunch told Justice.

Ed Gaunch

WorkForce West Virginia acting Director Scott Adkins said employment levels have now bypassed pre-pandemic levels.

“The 765,000 total employment is actually 1,900 more jobs than we had in September 2019, very significant,” Adkins said. “Also today we have 12,600 fewer unemployed individuals than we did in September 2019.”

Adkins said a few areas are leading the way over the last year.

“Since September of 2020, we’ve added nearly 6,000 in the leisure/hospitality sector, 3,000 in construction and 1,600 jobs in mining and logging,” according to Adkins.

Justice said the unemployment announcement along with the recent news about the state’s strong GDP numbers and plans for a $1 billion broadband initiative show West Virginia is going in the right direction.

Scott Adkins

“I believed, I believed all along what would happen with our coal and our gas,” Justice said.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 4.6%, down two-tenths of a percentage point from August. WorkForce West Virginia says the number of unemployed state residents decreased by 2,100 for the month.

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Video, updates: Governor to lead pandemic briefing at noon

We’ll provide updates here about how West Virginia is dealing with the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

State officials have directed members of the public to a landing page dedicated to information about coronavirus in West Virginia.

Additional information can be found at CDC’s Situation Summary or at DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline, 1-800-887-4304.

11:33 a.m. 10/20/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at noon

10:40 a.m.  10/18/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  10/15/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 10/13/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

7:26 a.m. 10/11/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

8:19 a.m. 10/7/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:55 a.m. 10/4/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

8:36 a.m. 10/1/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m.

9:02 a.m. 9/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

9:41 a.m. 9/27/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:53 a.m. 9/24/2021 Justice plans pandemic briefing for noon

9:44 a.m. 9/22/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:10 a.m. 9/20/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at noon, following summit with health advisers

Gov. Jim Justice is hosting a “breakfast roundtable summit” with his pandemic leadership team this morning at the Governor’s Mansion. The team will discuss and decide ways to keep West Virginians safe and protect hospital system stability as the state nears or crosses the peak of the surge from the COVID-19 delta variant.

This meeting is closed to the public and the media. However, all West Virginians are encouraged to watch the governor’s covid-19 media briefing immediately following the meeting.

7:39 a.m. 9/17/2021 Justice to lead 3 p.m. briefing about pandemic response

10:23 a.m. 9/15/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing about pandemic response 

7:41 a.m. 9/13/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

8:24 a.m. 9/10/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

9:52 a.m. 9/8/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

6:25 a.m. 9/6/2021 Justice to lead 10:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic response

9:14 a.m. 9/3/2021 Briefing at noon over West Virginia pandemic response 

9:08 a.m. 9/1/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing

9:51 a.m. 8/30/2021 Justice to lead 11 a.m. briefing

7:52 a.m. 8/27/21 U.S. Education Secretary joins Justice at briefing 

WHO: Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team.

United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch will also join the briefing.

WHAT: Governor Justice will provide an update on West Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts, and make a back-to-school vaccination initiative announcement.

10:14 a.m. 8/25/21 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

https://youtu.be/72OqtOj3cIIhttps://youtu.be/72OqtOj3cII

10:10 a.m. Governor leads coronavirus media briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Governor leads coronavirus media briefing at 11:00 a.m.

8:17 a.m. Governor leads briefing about pandemic response at 11:30 a.m. 

7:36 a.m. Governor leads pandemic briefing at 11:30 a.m. 

8:56 a.m. Governor Justice to lead 11:30 a.m. briefing about pandemic 

9:44 a.m. Governor Justice to lead noon briefing about pandemic

10:54 a.m. Governor Justice to lead 11 a.m. pandemic briefing

8:12 a.m. Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. Superintendent Burch and SSAC chief Dolan join Justice for 11 a.m. briefing

WHO: Gov. Jim Justice, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch, WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan, West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team.

WHAT: Gov. Justice will provide an update on West Virginia’s COVID-19 response efforts and provide an update on back-to-school plans for West Virginia.

LATER: At 2 p.m. the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will host a press conference to provide details on back-to-school guidance for the 2021-22 school year.

Burch, WVBE Vice President Tom Campbell and Dolan will address the media following Governor Jim Justice’s briefing earlier in the day.

10:15 a.m. 8/02/2021  Governor provides update about covid response at 10:30 a.m. 

8:35 a.m. 7/29/2021 Governor provides update about covid response at 11 a.m.

8:29 a.m. 07/27/2021 Justice provides update about pandemic response at 11 a.m.

11:03 a.m. 07/22/2021 Governor Justice scheduled for 11 a.m. pandemic briefing

12:38 p.m. 07/20/2021 Governor Justice to lead pandemic update at 1 p.m. 

10:06 a.m. 7/16/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m.

11 a.m. 7/13/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

10:35 a.m. 7/8/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30

11:25 a.m. 7/6/2021  Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11:30

9:24 a.m. 7/1/2021 Governor to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m. 

8:53 a.m. 6/29/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 10:30

12:20 p.m.  06/24/2021   Justice pandemic briefing set for 12:30 p.m. 

10:55 a.m.  06/22/2021   Justice pandemic briefing set for 11:30 a.m.

10:50 a.m. 6/17/2021  Justice pandemic briefing set for 11 a.m.

11:05 a.m. 6/15/2021 Justice pandemic briefing scheduled for 11 a.m. 

7:40 a.m. 6/10/2021 Justice waits outside development announcement because of covid exposure

Gov. Jim Justice offered video greetings from his vehicle at an economic development announcement in Morgantown on Wednesday with the governor saying he’d had an unanticipated covid-19 exposure.

Justice has been very public about his full vaccination but said he wanted to set a good example by remaining in the vehicle. Otherwise, he said, he would have needed a rapid test and a mask.

He appeared via streaming video and offered remarks at an announcement for an artificial intelligence company getting established in Morgantown. Clay Marsh, West Virginia University’s executive dean for health sciences, made the opening remarks as a substitute for Justice.

Dr. Clay Marsh

“He would be here standing in my place had it not been for a very unexpected exposure that he had recently to somebody who tested positive for covid-19,” said Marsh, who is also the state’s coronavirus response coordinator.

“And even though the governor is aware that he is fully vaccinated, he is really 100 percent protected against having any kind of problem with this — even with that understanding, and he does understand that well, given his experience we’ve all had with covid-19, he wanted to make sure he was working with an abundance of concern.”

Justice then appeared on a screen for everyone to see, wearing a checked shirt and leaning over to talk into a camera, with the interior roof of the vehicle as his backdrop.

“I landed here about an hour ago. I’m sitting out in the parking lot in front of you right now. I mean, I could throw a rock and hit all of you,” Justice said. “I hate like crazy that I’m out here in the parking lot. Believe me be.”

Offering some background, Justice said he had experienced a covid exposure on Friday and was informed about it on Wednesday.

“When I landed they told me I was exposed on Friday evening to someone. They told me they felt like I needed to be tested. And if that be the case, I don’t think I need to be in there until we know the results of the test. But I’m sure it’s fine. I feel fine, and I hate like crazy I’m not with you.”

7:37 a.m. 6/10/2021 Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 2 p.m. 

10:20 a.m. 6/8/2021  Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:23 a.m. 6/3/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m.

9:22 a.m. 6/1/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

1:59 p.m. 5/27/2021 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 4:30 p.m.

10:20 a.m. 5/25/2021  Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

12:30 p.m. 5/20/2021 Justice leads briefing about pandemic response at 1:20 p.m. 

12:19 p.m. 5/17/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at 1 p.m.

10:32 a.m. 5/14/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at noon

11:45 a.m.  5/12/2021  Justice leads pandemic update

10:25 a.m. 5/10/2021  Justice leads pandemic update 

9:29 a.m. 5/7/2021 Justice leads pandemic update at 11:30 a.m.

9:16 a.m. 5/5/2020 Justice leads noon briefing about covid response

8:04 a.m. 5/3/2020 Justice provides latest on pandemic response at 11 a.m.

8:04 a.m. 4/30/2020 Justice leads pandemic briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

11:05 a.m. 4/28/2021 Pandemic briefing by Justice at 2:45 p.m. 

12:45 p.m. 4/26/2021  Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 1 p.m.

7:59 a.m. 4/23/2021 Justice to lead pandemic briefing at 11 a.m.

11:55 a.m. 4/21/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at noon

11:55 a.m. 4/19/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at noon.

10:25 a.m. 4/16/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

10:25 a.m.  4/14/2021  Justice to address pandemic response at 10:30 a.m.

11:54 a.m. 4/12/2021 Justice to address pandemic response at noon 


11:35 a.m.  4/09/2021  Justice to have back to back briefings beginning at noon (income tax/COVID)

10:15 a.m.  4/07/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  4/05/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  4/02/2021   Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/29/2021  Justice briefing at 10:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m.  3/26/2021  Justice briefing at 9 a.m.

10:30 a.m.  3/24/2021  Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.  3/22/2021  Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:20 a.m. 3/19/2021  Justice briefing 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 3/17/2021  Justice briefing 10:45 a.m.

11:15 a.m.  3/15/2021  Justice briefing at 11:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. 3/12/2021 Justice briefing at 11:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 3/10/2021  Justice briefing set for 11:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m. 3/8/2021  Justice briefing set for 10:30 a.m.

10:55 a.m. 3/5/2021  Justice briefing set for 11:00 a.m.

This briefing was originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m. but now has been shifted to 11

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10:32 a.m. 2/19/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

6:52 a.m. 2/17/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 a.m. 

9:30 a.m. 2/15/2021 Justice leads briefing at 10:30 

9:03 a.m. 2/12/2021 Justice to lead briefing at noon

9:30 a.m. 2/10/21 Justice to lead briefing at 11 a.m.

11:58 a.m. 2/8/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon 

9:48 a.m.  2/5/21 Justice to lead briefing at 11:30 

11:05 a.m.  2/3/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon 

9:34 a.m. Justice to lead briefing at noon 

10:34 a.m. 1/29/21 Justice to lead briefing at noon

9:39 a.m. 1/27/21 Manchin applauds federal effort to increases vaccine supply

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a statement about the announcement from the Biden Administration about increasing the weekly supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to states and territories next week. The administration will also increase transparency by giving states a three week forecast of vaccine supplies.

“Today’s announcement by the Biden Administration shows that help is on the way. I thank President Biden for staying true to his word and delivering more vaccine so quickly and will continue to work closely with him to further increase our allocation. West Virginia is leading the country in efficiently and safely distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics across our state have been operating below capacity because of the vaccine shortage. Now President Biden will ship out at least 10 million doses each week to get more shots in arms as soon as possible. Today’s announcement from the Biden Administration is another step closer to ensuring every West Virginian who wants a vaccine can get one, restoring our economy, and getting back to life as usual. In the last week, I have spoken with President Biden and multiple White House officials who have assured me the number one priority for the Administration is quickly producing and efficiently distributing the vaccine. I’m glad to see them put their money where their mouth is and ramp up vaccine distribution.”

9 a.m. 1/25/21 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

12:07 p.m. 1/21/21 Justice plans noon briefing 

9:56 a.m. 1/19/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

8:51 a.m. 1/13/2021 Justice plans 10 a.m. briefing

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— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 13, 2021

8:49 a.m. 1/11/2021 Justice plans noon briefing

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11:31 a.m. 1/8/2021 Justice plans noon briefing 

livestream here https://t.co/jN45H6LHG6

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 8, 2021

7:54 a.m. 1/6/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing 

here is the livestream https://t.co/Khcw32yYBv

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 6, 2021

6:59 a.m. 1/4/2021 Justice plans 11 a.m. briefing

here is the livestream https://t.co/6YB4IooQpY

— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) January 4, 2021

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DHHR updates COVID numbers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported 74 additional COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.

The agency said 22 of the new deaths are deaths not originally reported as linked to COVID. The DHHR has reconciled the information by reviewing death certificates.

New deaths reported Wednesday include a 48-year old female from Mineral County, a 49-year old female from Logan County, a 45-year old male from Cabell County, an 83-year old male from Upshur County, a 62-year old female from Upshur County, a 65-year old female from Brooke County, a 52-year old female from Marshall County, a 70-year old female from Monongalia County, a 43-year old male from Lewis County, a 52-year old male from Fayette County, a 90-year old male from Randolph County, a 65-year old male from Putnam County, a 76-year old male from Grant County, a 41-year old male from Kanawha County, a 28-year old male from Kanawha County, a 79-year old female from Fayette County, a 56-year old male from Jefferson County, a 69-year old male from Preston County, a 62-year old female from Monongalia County, a 92-year old male from Tucker County, a 65-year old male from Berkeley County, a 72-year old female from Fayette County, a 52-year old male from Wood County, a 103-year old female from Fayette County, an 83-year old male from Raleigh County, a 61-year old female from Greenbrier County, a 92-year old female from Nicholas County, a 92-year old female from Hancock County, an 80-year old female from Wood County, a 50-year old male from Jackson County, a 54-year old male from Jackson County, a 21-year old male from Jackson County, an 86-year old female from Tucker County, a 34-year old female from Lewis County, a 70-year old female from Kanawha County, a 74-year old female from Wood County, an 80-year old female from Marshall County, a 62-year old female from Jefferson County, a 56-year old male from Kanawha County, a 65-year old female from Upshur County, a 69-year old female from Marion County, a 72-year old female from Marion County, a 56-year old female from Wood County, a 44-year old female from Mason County, an 85-year old male from Wood County, a 68-year old male from Monongalia County, an 84-year old male from Preston County, a 71-year old male from Braxton County, a 52-year old male from Greenbrier County, a 54-year old female from Hancock County, a 51-year old female from Marshall County, and a 72-year old male from Wayne County.

The reconciled deaths are listed as a 67-year old male from Upshur County, a 79-year old female from Kanawha County, a 97-year old female from Wayne County, an 80-year old male from Ohio County, a 73-year old female from Cabell County, an 82-year old male from Marshall County, a 49-year old female from Cabell County, a 43-year old female from Marion County, a 39-year old male from Hardy County, a 49-year old male from Randolph County, a 62-year old male from Barbour County, an 80-year old male from Clay County, a 33-year old female from Harrison County, a 66-year old female from Braxton County, a 97-year old female from McDowell County, a 91-year old female from Jefferson County, a 94-year old female from Monongalia County, a 56-year old female from McDowell County, a 63-year old male from Mingo County, an 89-year old male from Brooke County, a 93-year old male from Nicholas County, and a 66-year old male from Boone County. Most of these deaths range from August 2021 through October 2021, with one death from December 2020 and one from January 2021.

Active COVID-19 cases slightly increased Wednesday to 8,469. The DHHR says there are 721 people hospitalized with 207 of those patients being treated in intensive care.

DHHR reports as of October 20, 2021, there are currently 8,469 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 74 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 4,219 deaths attributed to COVID-19. https://t.co/FNzMEHseiP pic.twitter.com/e45yDefrDQ

— WV Department of Health & Human Resources • 😷 (@WV_DHHR) October 20, 2021

Current active cases per county include: Barbour (92), Berkeley (602), Boone (123), Braxton (58), Brooke (53), Cabell (372), Calhoun (43), Clay (40), Doddridge (30), Fayette (204), Gilmer (23), Grant (73), Greenbrier (131), Hampshire (94), Hancock (141), Hardy (75), Harrison (493), Jackson (148), Jefferson (181), Kanawha (790), Lewis (94), Lincoln (98), Logan (121), Marion (394), Marshall (117), Mason (91), McDowell (78), Mercer (245), Mineral (160), Mingo (146), Monongalia (488), Monroe (40), Morgan (65), Nicholas (206), Ohio (146), Pendleton (15), Pleasants (27), Pocahontas (27), Preston (196), Putnam (284), Raleigh (386), Randolph (76), Ritchie (52), Roane (75), Summers (29), Taylor (75), Tucker (29), Tyler (22), Upshur (124), Wayne (142), Webster (46), Wetzel (68), Wirt (44), Wood (372), Wyoming (125).

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Independence-Nicholas County headlines Week 9 slate in Class AA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Greg Carey and Joe Brocato discuss the best matchups on the schedule in the ninth week of Class AA football and take a final look at the most impressive teams in Week 8.

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MetroNews This Morning 10-20-21

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — MetroNews This Morning provides a 15-minute recap on what’s happening across the state of West Virginia.

Carrie Houdousek is at the MetroNews anchor desk, Kyle Wiggs has sports and Hoppy Kercheval is by with his morning commentary.

Listen to the 10-20-21 edition of MetroNews This Morning here.

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Sanders Whiffs Trying to Pressure Manchin

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders went after West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin recently in an opinion piece published in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Sanders, employing his predictable “greedy rich vs. the helpless poor” rhetoric, tried to shame Manchin into backing the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. The legislation would dramatically expand the social welfare system in this country, while using billions in taxpayer dollars to incentivize alternative energy.

Bernie Sanders

As the Wall Street Journal’s conservative columnist William McGurn asked rhetorically, “If you were a Democrat appealing to the good people of West Virginia, is Bernie Sanders the guy you’d want making your pitch?”

Manchin’s first instinct is to get along, find common ground and see where there is a deal to be done.  But he did not take kindly to Sanders going on the offensive in his home state newspaper.

“This isn’t the first time an out-of-stater has tried to tell West Virginians what is best for them despite having no relationship to our state,” Manchin responded.  (The Senator knows well our parochial nature, and clearly is not above using it when necessary.)

In fairness, Sanders is not exactly an unknown quantity here.  Sanders campaigned in West Virginia during his 2016 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.  He easily outdistanced eventual nominee Hillary Clinton 51 percent to 36 percent in the Primary Election.

When you come to one of the most economically depressed areas of the state—Sanders’ town hall meeting was in Kimball in McDowell County—and give an impassioned speech about income inequality, it strikes a nerve.

“When you have kids who have no hope and no opportunity, and when this takes place in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, something is fundamentally wrong,” Sanders told the audience that day.

Joe Manchin

Hundreds of thousands of West Virginians benefit from a range of federal programs and social services—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, tax credits, rental assistance, childcare subsidies, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Head Start, college aid, on and on.

But just don’t call it “socialism.”  West Virginia is a conservative state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, and Sanders is a socialist.   Manchin was quick to point that out in his response to Sanders.  “No op-ed from a self-declared Independent Socialist,” Manchin said in a statement.

Manchin knows his state, and he has been successful at charting a middle ground, which is increasingly difficult in today’s polarized political environment. The state’s progressives fantasize about replacing him, but that is a fool’s errand.

Sanders’ venture into Manchin territory changed nothing in the ongoing budget discussions, except to irritate the very person holding the strongest hand.  If Sanders were more realistic, he would meet Manchin where he is pliable—at the negotiating table where a compromise could be reached.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo gallery: Trinity advances in sectional soccer playoffs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Photo gallery from Trinity’s 10-0 win over Magnolia in the opening round of the Class AA-A sectional soccer playoffs. The Warriors will face Wheeling Central Catholic in the semifinal round Thursday.

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