WVCBP in the News

June 3, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Coronavirus Testing Increases in West Virginia Jails and Prisons

West Virginia Metro News - West Virginia is under way with the coronavirus testing of inmates and staff across the corrections system. Read article. Gov. Jim Justice promised comprehensive testing in the corrections system last week after an outbreak was identified at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County. One hundred nineteen cases have been…

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May 23, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
230 Kids Are in WV’s Detention Centers. Only 3 Tests Have Been Done.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch, Charleston Gazette-Mail - As of Friday, 68 days since the state shuttered schools, there were still about 230 children and teens imprisoned in West Virginia’s juvenile detention centers. Read article. And there have only been three tests for COVID-19 in all these facilities combined in that time, according to state-provided figures. Two turned…

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May 19, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Justice Announces W.Va. Inmate has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

WV Metro News - Gov. Jim Justice said an inmate has tested positive for covid-19 at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County — the first confirmation of a coronavirus case of an inmate at a West Virginia corrections facility. Read article. That came on day after a corrections officer at the facility was revealed…

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May 15, 2020 by Kelly Allen
Justice Decries ‘Politics’ and ‘Noise’ About Administration’s Pandemic Response

West Virginia Metro News - Gov. Jim Justice isn’t wild about push-back on his administration’s policies during the pandemic. Read article. Justice focused his preliminary and concluding remarks during a week-ending news briefing on describing views that counter his administration’s pandemic policies as “noise” or “politics.” “The more we just politicize this right here, the…

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May 13, 2020 by WVCBP
Gov. Justice: ‘Stop the Politics’

Weirton Daily Times - Gov. Jim Justice made his feelings known Tuesday about those pushing for spending part of the state’s $1.25 billion coronavirus relief package and those pushing him to keep unemployment benefits flowing to those being called back to work. Read article. “Let’s please stop the politics, please,” Justice said. “That’s all there…

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April 29, 2020 by WVCBP
88 Tested So far Out of Thousands at W.Va. Jails and Prisons

Beckley Register-Herald - The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety released Monday the number of inmates tested for COVID-19 at West Virginia jails and prisons, as well as those in community corrections and juvenile services programs. Read article. That number is 88, according to a new page on the state’s coronavirus.wv.gov website, under…

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April 21, 2020 by Seth DiStefano
Advocates Call for Streamlined School Food Distributions

WV Metro News - Since the closure of public schools in West Virginia in the middle of March, food distributions to students who rely on school meals have taken various forms in the Mountain State’s 55 counties. Read. The disparities are a problem for some food security advocates. “When school is in session, West Virginia…

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April 16, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Ohio Valley Continues Unprecedented Surge Of Unemployment

Ohio Valley Resource - Unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. Read. At least 287,576 people in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s in addition to the roughly 755,000 claims form the three states in the…

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April 9, 2020 by Sean O'Leary
Unemployment Claims In Ohio Valley Surge Again, Up Another 355,000

Ohio Valley Resource - Claims for unemployment insurance once again surged around the Ohio Valley as nearly 355,500 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia sought help last week amid the economic calamity caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That’s in addition to the roughly 400,000 unemployment claims from the three states the previous week. The…

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