COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response
Monongalia County made some changes to liquor sales including banning liquor sales to anyone without a West Virginia-issued ID. Read the news release here. Saturday night, Gov. Justice expanded his Executive Order to additional counties including Monongalia County. Read the news release here and review the provisions of the order below.
Provisions of the Executive Order include:
- Limiting groups to a maximum of 5 people.
- Directing ALL businesses to require employees to work from home to the maximum extent possible.
- Directing the Local Health Departments to establish the maximum occupancy of and proper social distance within essential businesses and taking action to enforce these health regulations.
- Directing the West Virginia National Guard to provide logistical support and services to assist county agencies.
- Directing the West Virginia State Police to assist with enforcement of local county orders.
City of Morgantown Buildings closure date to the public has extended until April 30, 2020. Learn more here. BOPARC has released information regarding closures due to COVID-19 and general information for BOPARC ran entities. Learn more here.
On March 28 the U.S. Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act. The bill was then signed by President Trump. The legislation provides economic relief for both individuals and businesses. For more information about the CARES Act and how it can assist you click here.
Republic Services has announced a change in its recycling and waste pickup services regarding COVID-19. Read more about the announcement here.
Morgantown Municipal Court has postponed all trials, hearings, and conferences through April 14. View the news release here. The Morgantown Parking Authority is offering free parking at all metered spaces, lots, and parking garages until the stay at home order is lifted by Gov. Jim Justice. View the news release here.
Gov. Jim Justice has issued a stay at home order which goes into effect on March 24 at 8 p.m. The order directs all West Virginia residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. View the executive order here.
- Go to the grocery, convenience, or warehouse store
- Go to the pharmacy to pick up medication or other healthcare necessities
- Go to medical appointments
- Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery or drive-thru
- Care for or support a friend or family member
- Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog, and be in nature for exercise - just keep at least 6 feet between you and others
- Walk your pets and take them to the vet if necessary
- Help someone get necessary supplies
- Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
You SHOULD NOT:
- Go to work unless you are providing essential services or work for an essential business as defined by the Order
- Order is available at governor.wv.gov
- Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
- Maintain less than six feet of distance from others when you go out
- Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other
Morgantown City Council will hold its March 24 meeting via Zoom. There are various ways the public can participate. Learn more here.
Morgantown City Council has adopted an emergency ordinance regarding COVID-19. View the official statement and ordinance here. View an interview with Mayor Kawecki discussing the ordinance here or view a graphic which provides a brief explanation of the ordinance here.
City Buildings and Municipal Court closed due to COVID-19. Read more about the closures here.
Public Health Agency Resources
- Monongalia County Health Department
- Mon Health
- West Virginia University Medicine
- WV Department of Health and Human Resources
- 24/7 toll-free hotline: 1-800-887-4304
Below you can find contact information for food pantries and other community resources.
- Food Pantries and Social Service Organizations
- Caritas House - 304-985-0021
- Empty Bowls Monongalia - 304-241-5510
- Pantry Plus More - 304-282-1123
- Milan Puskar Health Right - 304-292-8234
- Bartlett House - 304-292-0101
- Christian Help - 304-296-0221
- United Way of Mon and Preston Counties - 304-296-7525
- Financial, Domestic, Health, and Disaster Assistance
- Visit WV 211 or call 211, or text your zip code to 898-211
- General Information
- Child Nutrition
- Visit Mountaineer Country CVB
- The Visit Mountaineer Country CVB has created a website that includes information on local restaurants that are open and offering carry-out, child nutrition options from local restaurants, and entertainment ideas during self isolation. Check out the website here.
- The Morgantown Area Partnership has set up a business resource page which provides additional guidance and options for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This page also includes information and guidance on navigating the CARES Act and how it can help your small business. View the webpage here.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved Disaster Loan Assistance to West Virginia businesses that are impacted by COVID-19. Read more here and apply here.
- The CDC has provided guidance for businesses and employers in response to COVID-19. View the webpage here.
- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided information on preventing worker exposure and preparing workplaces for COVID-19. View the webpage here.
- The Laborors’ Health and Safety Fund of North America has provided recommendations on preventing construction worker exposure to COVID-19. Read more here.
City of Morgantown Response
COVID-19, aka Coronavirus, is something that the city administration is taking very seriously. In an effort to limit public interaction and large gatherings we have decided to cancel all non-essential board and commission meetings through the end of March and close city facilities.
City officials are currently working with the Monongalia County Health Department and other local and state organizations through the Joint Information Center (JIC) to ensure that our community is well informed and that we are doing everything we can to protect your health and safety. For more information about COVID-19 including prevention and additional resources, please visit the Monongalia County Health Department’s COVID-19 webpage.
Additionally, the State of West Virginia has created a COVID-19 website and hotline, which can provide the public with accurate information about the virus, the state’s response, and more. The hotline is operated by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.