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Dear reader,

The last few weeks have been full of uncertainty for many of you in our eight-county distribution region when it comes to the COVID-19 coronavirus. We have been providing you with daily updates on how we've been covering the crisis here at The Inter-Mountain and the resources we have made available to you have hopefully kept you and your loved ones up-to-date and prepared in the coming weeks....

First of all, as you may or may not know, our office is currently not open to the public and a large portion of our staff is now working from home, with only essential employees at our main office in downtown Elkins. Our reporters will still be out and about covering events and bringing the latest and most important local news to you each day. Just as you are with your families, we are assessing each day on how to best keep our employees safe and healthy so that they can continue to bring you the latest local news on how COVID-19 is affecting and altering our way of life.

Second, we've devoted a large portion of our reporting resources to coverage of the coronavirus and that will continue. Over the past two weeks, for example, we've produced dozens of stories on how the virus is impacting our region. We've looked into and reported on how funerals are being handled now that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are requiring Americans to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people; we've talked with local nursing homes about how they are keeping their residents and staff safe, and also adjusting visitation policies so residents can stay in contact with their families. We've spoken with local restaurants on how they're adjusting to life with only delivery or to-go customers; and we've provided a daily list of cancellations and postponements of public events, blood drives and other gatherings so that you can remain informed.

We have many other important local stories planned for the coming days, including looking at how local doctors and nurses are using telehealth techonology to provide services to their patients during the pandemic; how local stores which have been deemed essential businesses are changing their policies to safely serve the public; and how local hospitals are dealing with an increase in patients that may have come in contact with the coronavirus.

To help you sort through all this information, we've also added a section on our website labeled "Following the Coronavirus," (www.theintermountain.com/news/coronavirus/), devoted solely to coverage of COVID-19. This section contains all of the latest local, state, national and international coverage of COVID-19 and how it is reshaping life across the globe. We're continually updating this section so you can remain informed on everything from business closings to new numbers of those testing positive for the virus.

Last, we ask that you and your loved ones stay safe as we collectively go through this challenging time. We will do our part to keep you as up-to-date as possible with local news from a staff that you can trust. Local news matters, now more than ever, and we work each day, in all that we do, to remain your trusted local news source.

Coronavirus

Two more positive tests at HCC

HUTTONSVILLE — Two more employees at Huttonsville Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. In total, four employees and two inmates have tested positive, and testing at the facility continued on Thursday. “I’m told all four are doing well and are ...

Randolph County commissioners hear election update

ELKINS — Randolph County Clerk Brenda Wiseman gave County Commissioners an update on the upcoming primary election on Thursday. Wiseman explained during the County Commission’s regular meeting that her office has seen an increase in absentee ballot requests. The county sent ...

Justice sends National Guard to 2 counties

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said a surge this week in COVID-19 infections in the Eastern Panhandle has led him to dispatch the National Guard to Jefferson and Berkeley counties. In Justice’s daily briefing Thursday, the governor reported another death due to coronavirus ...

Officials hopeful as unemployment rises

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice continues to remain positive about using federal coronavirus money to backfill cratering tax revenues or a new bailout by Congress, while the state unemployment jumps to an all-time high. According to Workforce West Virginia, the state’s seasonally ...

Restaurants reopening for dine-in today

ELKINS — For the first time in weeks, some local restaurants will be able to have customers dine-in today. Many restaurants provided outdoor dining and take-out services during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now some local owners are ready to welcome dinners back while following safety ...

HCC reports two more positive cases

CHARLESTON — During Wednesday’s state coronavirus briefing, state officials gave additional information on a virus outbreak at a state prison, how the safer-at-home guidance should be applied and the next round of COVID-19 testing sites opening this weekend. According to Betsy Jividen, ...

Elkins City Council virtual meeting set

ELKINS — The City of Elkins is set to host another virtual City Council meeting via Zoom this evening after reopening City Hall to the public on Monday. Upon reopening City Hall, residents were asked to observe the capacity limit of two customers in the lobby and are encouraged to wear ...

Mon National Forest reopening some sites

ELKINS — Today, Monongahela National Forest will open some developed recreation sites. For a full list of open areas and up-to-date information on re-openings, visit the Forest’s website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf. “While we understand there may be some excitement to return to ...

HCC inmate tests positive for coronavirus

CHARLESTON — After weeks without a single case, state officials announced Tuesday that an inmate in the state’s prison system has tested positive for the coronavirus. During his daily coronavirus briefing Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that an inmate at the Huttonsville ...

National Guard to help test at prison

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia National Guard will help administer COVID-19 testing at Huttonsville Correctional Center, officials said Tuesday afternoon. “The state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation has enlisted the W.Va. National Guard and the Bureau for Public Health to ...

Upshur schools honor employee with ceremony

BUCKHANNON — An 18-year employee of the Upshur County Board of Education was named the Service Personnel of the Year in a surprise ceremony. Stephanie Bennett, coordinator of payroll services at the central office, has been an active member of the West Virginia Association of School ...

Nursing home coronavirus testing around state completed

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has concluded its testing of residents and staff at nursing homes, while testing of assisted-living facilities and daycare staff continues. Dr. Cathy Slemp, state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau of ...

Rehab and Fitness Center at Cortland reopens

THOMAS — Beginning Monday, May 4, the Rehab and Fitness Center at Cortland reopened to physical therapy and rehabilitation patients after closing as part of COVID-19 precautions. The reopening comes as part of the governor’s West Virginia Strong — The Comeback plan allowing for a ...

Randolph sees seventh case of COVID-19

ELKINS — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is now reporting seven positive cases of COVID-19 in Randolph County, officials said during a conference call for county leaders Monday. The first five individuals in Randolph County who tested positive have recovered, ...

Randolph Circuit Court reopens under new guidelines

ELKINS — Randolph County Circuit Court reopened Monday, operating under new guidelines for hearings designed to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus. “We are doing as many hearing as possible through Skype or Polycoms from the jail,” Circuit Court Judge David Wilmoth told ...

Huttonsville employee tests positive

CHARLESTON — A part-time employee at the Huttonsville Correctional Center has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting additional precautions at that facility. According to a press release, the individual is in good condition and quarantined at home. The employee was serving as a ...

Counties removed from hotspot list

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice unveiled a number of announcements Monday during his daily coronavirus briefing, including the removal of counties from the hotspot list, the opportunity for local governments to apply for grant funding, and a list of additional businesses set to reopen over ...

Capito, Manchin announce virus housing recipients

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced three Mainstream Voucher Program recipients in West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The ...

Farmers Helping Farmers

BEVERLY — A local farmer, with assistance from the West Virginia University Extension service, is helping farmers in the Midwest move some of their stock by transporting some of their hogs to sell in Randolph County. “I started seeing hog producers that couldn’t move their hogs,” ...

Catholic Charities helping community during pandemic

ELKINS — Catholic Charities West Virginia in Elkins has changed its donation and food pick-up procedures to better protect staff and the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, clients and donors were able to enter the building and, in the case of the client, exercise choice ...