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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

Officials: Harshest COVID-19 weeks may be coming

CHARLESTON — West Virginia is far from being out of the pandemic woods as the harshest weeks may be ahead, according to state officials. They encouraged residents to get tested for the virus, wear face masks, social distance and avoid situations where there are large groups of people and ...

Judge upholds state school re-entry map, metrics

CHARLESTON — A third attempt to challenge the color-coded map and metrics for re-opening schools was thrown out after a Kanawha County judge ruled against the latest challenge to the metrics. Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster ruled against a motion for a preliminary injunction ...

Randolph, Upshur move down to gold

ELKINS — Both Randolph and Upshur counties moved down from orange to gold designations Monday on the state Department of Health & Human Resources COVID-19 County Alert System color-coded map. Both counties were listed as orange on the updated West Virginia Department of Education’s ...

Upshur Courthouse closed through Friday

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission voted Monday to keep the Upshur County Courthouse, annex and other county owned and operated facilities closed to the public through Friday with two exceptions. The courthouse will be open for early voting which begins Wednesday, Oct. 21 and ...

COVID-19 deaths decrease for third time, but active cases climb

CHARLESTON — West Virginia experienced the third straight decrease in deaths attributed to COVID-19 infections, but the number of active cases in the state broke 5,000 as of Monday. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources released Monday, the state reported 399 ...

Second COVID-19 outbreak at HCC

ELKINS — The Randolph-Elkins Health Department announced Wednesday that Huttonsville Correctional Center is experiencing the second COVID-19 outbreak within the facility this year. Also on Wednesday, Randolph County moved to orange on the West Virginia Department of Health & Human ...

Upshur teachers present concerns

BUCKHANNON – Two Upshur Schools teachers unions sent a letter to the Upshur County Board of Education outlining their concerns after Upshur County went red under the West Virginia DHHR color map a week ago. Upshur County Schools are in their second week of remote learning and have been ...

Officials mark first month of school during pandemic

CHARLESTON — Today marks 28 days since county school systems could re-open for in-person school, with state officials praising teachers, school service personnel, and administrators for helping limit the spread of the virus in schools. “Nobody wants to do anything to endanger our ...

Active virus cases continue to spike in Randolph County

ELKINS — Local residents are being urged to heed health officials’ warnings about wearing a mask in public as the number of COVID-19 active cases continue to rise in Randolph and surrounding counties. The number of active cases in Randolph County grew from 45 on Friday to 68 as of ...

Testing numbers up in W.Va., but clusters remain

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and state officials praised residents on getting tested for the coronavirus, but point to clusters of cases in North Central and Southern West Virginia as reasons to remain vigilant. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, the ...

National Guard providing free testing in Elkins

ELKINS — The state of West Virginia mandated on Friday that Randolph County had to provide community wide COVID-19 testing within the next 24 hours, officials said. As a result, the National Guard will be in Elkins today to perform free COVID-19 testing in the parking lot beside the ...

Mountain State announces new testing partnerships

CHARLESTON — Despite some positive signs at the beginning of the week, West Virginia is still seeing a higher number of new COVID-19 cases. But a new testing partnership with local pharmacies could see more testing opportunities. Gov. Jim Justice and state health officials announced that ...

Randolph has four outbreaks

ELKINS — In addition to four positive COVID-19 tests among Randolph County Courthouse employees, the county also currently has three outbreaks at residential facilities with one positive case in each location, county officials said Thursday. Bonnie Woodrum, infectious disease specialist with ...

Upshur to allow trick-or-treating

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission has set trick-or-treat for Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the county while the City of Buckhannon tabled the item until the Oct. 15 Buckhannon City Council meeting. During Thursday’s Upshur County Commission meeting, at which time the public and ...

‘Outbreak’ reported at Randolph Courthouse

ELKINS — County officials said an “outbreak” of COVID-19 has occurred among employees at the Randolph County Courthouse. County Commissioner Mark Scott told The Inter-Mountain three people who work at the courthouse tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Scott said “most ...

Upshur County closes facilities after emergency meeting

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Courthouse called its second emergency meeting of the week Wednesday, this time to close the Upshur County Courthouse, annex and other county-owned facilities to the public due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Eighty-two COVID-19 cases were reported active ...

Second lawsuit over school re-opening rejected

CHARLESTON — A high school quarterback’s hail mary pass to block enforcement of the color-coded map and metrics used to determine whether schools can re-open for in-person learning was rejected, making it the second time the courts have thrown out a case to block the standards. Kanawha ...

Case numbers still rising in Randolph

ELKINS — With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise across the area, local officials are asking the public to not ignore the usual sniffles and sneezes that come with changes in the weather this time of year. The number of active cases in Randolph County in the last week has jumped from 22 ...

Upshur Courthouse open for essential business only

BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Commission called an emergency meeting by teleconference Monday morning after an increase of COVID-19 cases in the county in recent days. Over the weekend, the number of positive COVID-19 cases jumped to 55 but was at 53 on Monday morning. In the brief ...