COVID-19 for Emergency Management

WVEMD trains with our federal, state and local partners to respond to events of all type, including public health emergencies. 
WV Emergency Operations Plan: ESF-8 Public Health Emergencies.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow the Governor's Executive Orders and those from local officials. Make sure to use information from trusted sources such as WVDHHR and the CDC.
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  • For resources or assistance: Dial 211 or visit  About 211
  • For health or medical questions1-800-887-4304 
  • HELP304 Crisis Counseling for COVID-19 related stress. Call or text 1-877-HELP-304 (1-877-435-7304) or chat online at to receive free help from trained crisis counselors who can listen to concerns, help sort out emotions, and provide connections to community resources.
  • Apply for unemployment benefits at or call 1-800-252-JOBS
  • Email if you have questions about an unemployment claim.  
  • WV Public Service Commission 1-800-344-5113 General Order 262.5 Regarding Extraordinary Events Related to COVID-19. Utility termination notices may resume on July 1, 2020. 

 Governor's Updates

    • 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. 
  • September 3, 2020: Executive Order closing all bars in Monongalia County until further notice effective immediaely.
  • August 25, 2020: Executive Order lifting the most recent ban on all nursing home visitation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (Executive Order 64-20)
    • The County Alert System will be used in determining nursing home visitation. However, health officials will continuously monitor nursing homes moving forward, allowing for swift changes if necessary.
    • Nursing homes across the state will begin using the same green-yellow-orange-red color scale to notify the public about visitation protocols.

      Orange and red counties will not allow visitation, except in cases of compassionate care due to end-of-life or deteriorating physical and/or mental health. Red counties will also restrict activities for residents such as communal dining and non-essential services.

      Green and yellow counties will permit nursing home visitation with varying levels of safety restrictions.
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  • August 14, 2020: School Re-Entry Metrics and ProtocolsWest Virginia Department of Education
  • July 14, 2020: Statewide social gathering limit reduced to 25. Closes all fairs, festivals, and similar events, and prohibits both indoor and outdoor concerts statewide. (Executive Order 51-20)
    • 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.

  • July 7, 2020: Statewide Indoor Face Covering Requirement  (Executive Order 50-20)
      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.

  • West Virginia Strong - The ComebackClick to download the slide deck.  
  • Governor Justice—COVID-19 Actions and Executive Orders
  • To contact Governor Justice's Office: 304-558-2000 or
  • Governor Justice's Stay at Home Order to combat the spread of COVID-19 in WV.  

Related Information
  • FEMA: Strategic and Operational Planning for individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and federal, state, local, and territorial governments.

This page updated 9/15/2020