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    • The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has filed an emergency amendment to Legislative Rule 64 CSR 48: Emergency Medical Services. Effective Immediately: The amendment requires emergency medical services personnel to wear face coverings at all times during patient encounters regardless of the patient’s symptoms. 
  • 9-10-20: Memorandum from WVDHS Cabinet Secretary Jeff Sandy regarding First Responder Protection from COVID-19.
  • Executive Order 64-20 lifting most recent ban on nursing home visitation, effective August 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. (Executive Order 64-20)
  • Closure of all bars in Monongalia County for an additional seven days. The new order extends the countywide bar closure until Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. (Executive Order 60-20)
  • Statewide social gathering limit reduced to 25. 7/14/2020 (Executive Order 51-20) Closes all fairs, festivals, and similar events, and prohibits both indoor and outdoor concerts statewide.
    • The 25-person limitation applies only to purely social gatherings. It does not apply to any activity, business, or entity that has been deemed essential, such as religious services, weddings, or group meetings, conferences, or other special events held for essential businesses and operations, as defined by Executive Order 9-20as amended. Such meetings, conferences, or other special events will need to plan for social distancing between attendees based on CDC recommendations.
  • Executive Order 50-20: Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement
      Also on 7/7/20, Gov. Justice’s General Counsel Brian Abraham added that, while there is a law in West Virginia that prohibits the use of face coverings in public, there is an exemption to that law for emergency situations such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Abraham went on to explain that the new face covering requirement does not restrict the right of West Virginians to carry concealed weapons.
Louisiana State University National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education has created a new video “Safer at Home.” Designed for those whose professions demand they put themselves at higher risk of contracting COVID-19, this 3-and-a-half-minute video presentation introduces several safety measures that emergency responders and other essential personnel can use before and after shifts to minimize the risk of introducing the coronavirus to their homes.