WVSOM COVID-19 Update

 

WVSOM is closely monitoring the developments with the Coronavirus pandemic.
As events need to be canceled and changes made to facility access, this list will be updated. Thank you for your patience.

Facility Information Events
Campus - Prox card access only  
Founders' Activity Center (gym) - Closed to public  
Library - Closed to public  
O'Cafe' - Closed to public  
Campus Store - Open or Call/Shop Online  
CTCS Building - Closed to public  

Updated 10/20/20 1:52 PM

October 20, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 164 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 2 probable cases, 150 recovered cases, 15 active cases, 1 hospitalized, and 4 deaths. 

FREE TESTING
This Friday & Saturday, we will host free testing in front of the Underwood Building at the WV State Fairgrounds from 10am-2pm. 

BE VIGILANT
The next three months will be vital. Cases are rising and folks are not always following guidelines. Get your flu shot as soon as possible. Wear a mask. Socially distance. Refrain from crowds indoors. 

QUARANTINE
If you have a close contact exposure to a positive case (15 minutes of combined exposure within 6 feet), even if you test negative, you need to quarantine for 14 days to ensure you are not spreading the virus. This is a CDC recommendation. Some counties are allowing a negative test to substitute for a 14 day quarantine, but we do not in Greenbrier County. This strict standard allows us to maintain public health.  

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Over the past week, the Board met with the principals and Faculty Senate leadership of each school to talk honestly about how the reentry plan is going. Overall, they were pleased with student achievement, mask wearing, and the overall experience. More and more students are returning to in-person school rather than doing distance learning. We do have difficulty with social distancing in our larger schools and working to find solutions. We do have technology issues for students and staff which we are trying to work through as best we can. This Friday, we will have a Board meeting to tweak the reentry plan as a result of our conversations with each school. We did experience a positive test at Greenbrier East High School over the weekend. Following contact tracing, we asked those who were close contacts to quarantine. We strongly support the health department’s recommendation to quarantine close contacts even in the case of a negative test. 

GVMC
Congratulations to Dr. Morrison and her team at the health department for being recognized as leaders of the year by the WV Rural Health Association! Make a plan to get a flu shot sooner than later while supplies last. Additionally, the hospital has a new visitor policy in place which is aligned with the school map. For detailed info, visit www.gvmc.com.   

RCB CLINIC
We continue to test for COVID, strep, and flu. We do have some high dose flu vaccines available for those who need them. We are making some changes to our building entry. Patients will not be required to call from the parking lot first. If you have an appointment, you can come to the west wing entrance and be screened. Dr. Angela Pendelton, our new family medicine physician, began seeing patients this week. Our mobile clinic is open for adults from 9am-1pm and for children from 1-430pm. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program still into the fall. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

EARLY VOTING
Beginning Oct 21, citizens can vote early at the courthouse in Lewisburg (from 8am-430pm during the week or 9am-5pm on Saturday) or at the Rupert Community Center (from 830am-430pm during the week). Early voting runs until Oct 31. Please wear a mask. 

ABSENTEE BALLOTS
may be returned via mail or hand delivered to the county clerk. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Nov 3 and hand-delivered absentee ballots must be dropped off no later than close of business on Nov 2. 

SUICIDES/OVERDOSES
In the wake of reports about increases in suicide and overdose attempts locally, we are shoring up our resource guide and gathering information for the public so folks know where they can go for help. Look for that this week from the Task Force. 

 

Updated 10/13/20 8:25 AM

Fall Semester updates

Surveillance testing

WVSOM will begin a mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing program the week of October 12th for students, faculty and staff located on the Lewisburg Campus.  Approximately 67 individuals or ten percent (10%) of eligible individuals will be tested on a weekly basis. Surveillance testing in WV Higher Education Institutions is part of our state’s multi-pronged strategy to mitigate and monitor the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this testing program is to allow the WV Department of Health and Human Resources and other state officials to monitor and address real-time trends and prevalence in order to make timely decisions on intervention and response.

Founders’ Activity Center – Gym Access

The Founders’ Activity Center is currently open to Students and Employees Only.  Those going to the gym are required to comply with COVID-19 standards and posted guidelines for working out such as replacing equipment (weights, mats, etc.), wearing masks and thoroughly wiping down equipment before and after use.   We appreciate that everyone using the gym is following these guidelines in order to protect us all! 

We will continue to reevaluate this restriction and understand that your spouse/significant other, retirees, children, friends and family are anxious to have access to the gym especially with the cooler temperatures.  Given current guidelines and risks associated with working out in a gym, we feel that it is prudent to continue this restriction through the end of this semester. 

Stress Relief Task Force

A task force comprised of students, staff and faculty was identified and has been meeting to look at ways the institution can help the WVSOM community deal with stress during the pandemic.

Guests to WVSOM Campus

All employees are required to either self-monitor or undergo a temperature scan upon entry to campus. A hands free temperature scan is available outside of the WVSOM Welcome Center with instructions on use. 

Employees who are expecting guests to campus (i.e. vendors, visitors, public, etc.) should also notify these guests of WVSOM guidelines.  All guests to WVSOM are to be met at the Welcome Center by the individual expecting that person as guests do not have access to enter WVSOM facilities.  These guests are to undergo a temperature scan before being escorted to other areas on campus. Guests who have a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees F and/or have other COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave campus immediately and return to campus when they no longer have symptoms. All guests are to abide by WVSOM’s directives, including the requirement to wear a face covering/mask.  If guests do not have a face covering/mask, they may obtain a disposable face mask at the WVSOM Welcome Center.  Guests will be asked to leave campus if they do not abide by WVSOM’s directives.

Out of state travel

Vacations and travel continue to be concerns for everyone in the WVSOM Community as we each do our part to keep ourselves and our community safe.  Students and employees are being asked to limit personal overnight travel outside of West Virginia.  Minimizing travel is key to containing the COVID-19 virus.  Anyone who travels and stays overnight outside of the state of West Virginia for personal travel is required to telecommute and/or self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 

Thanksgiving

The academic schedule has been adjusted to ensure that first and second year students can complete the semester.  Due to the changes in the academic calendar, Wednesday, November 25th will be a regular work day for all employees.  Mandatory Anatomy labs and an OPP Midterm Practical have been scheduled for Friday, November 27th.  As a result, some essential personnel will work on our scheduled holiday - November 27th.  Employees unsure if they are needed on November 27th should contact their supervisor.

Winter holiday break

WVSOM will be closed for a Winter Holiday Break from Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021.

Students will be tested and/or quarantined after returning in January.  Academic calendars will be adjusted to accomplish this without causing delays in the Spring semester schedule. 

Employees who travel and stay overnight outside of the state of West Virginia during the Winter Holiday Break will also be required to be tested and/or quarantine before returning to campus.  

Spring break

The first year students will have Spring break as scheduled with academic schedule adjustments to allow for a two-week quarantine period afterwards. Spring break for second year students has been cancel in order to finish the semester early.

 

Updated 10/6/20 2:08 PM

OCTOBER 6, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 139 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 1 probable case, 129 recovered cases, 11 active cases, 2 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. (The probable test comes from a rapid test which came back positive but the lab test came back negative.) Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

DRIVE THRU FLU CLINIC
Next Thursday, Oct 15, from 10am-2pm you can get a drive-thru flu shot at the State Fair. The same billing methods will be used as in the office. Insurance will be billed. There are discounts for folks without insurance. For example, an adult without insurance will be charged $18 and children will generally be much less.  

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
We are holding a Board meeting this Thursday morning to consider where we are with the reentry plan and make any necessary changes. All secondary school leaders will be in attendance for discussion. You can join the meeting virtually via the GCS website.  

WVSOM
In keeping with the governor’s plan for surveillanc testing, we will be testing 10% of our school population including students, faculty, and staff for 10 weeks this fall.   

RCB CLINIC
Flu season has begun. We have seen several positive strep cases but no flu cases yet. Our mobile clinic visits have doubled recently with increased flu and COVID testing as well as typical respiratory illnesses. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL
The school-based health clinic behind Greenbrier Easy is a community site. It is open five days a week (730am-330pm) year-round for all patients, not just students. We are still doing temperature checks and screening at the front door and conducting COVID testing daily at all locations. Waiting room times are limited to avoid congregating inside. We have been conducting flu vaccination clinics, as it is more important than ever to be vaccinated for the flu. 

SENECA HEALTH
Suicides and overdoses have increased this year in Greenbrier County due to COVID, financial issues, and substance abuse. If you see someone who needs help, you can call us 24 hours a day at 304-497-0500 or 9-1-1. Crisis workers are standing by to help. 

RESOURCE GUIDE
Our task force will again push our resource guide out so folks in need will know where they can turn. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program still into the fall. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

ACCESS TO EDUCATION
A partnership with Greenbrier County Schools, Communities in Schools, Dinsmore & Shohl, Bimbo Coles & Company, B3 Security, Marvel Center, and High Rocks will provide tutoring and Wifi access to local students. The tutoring locations are High Rocks, Bimbo Coles & Co, and Marvel. Social distancing will be practiced. Tutoring is available 10am-6pm from Monday-Wednesday. (We can also offer virtual tutoring for families with immunocompromised members.) All tutors receive background checks. To sign up for tutoring, email Jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com or tammy.bennett@dinsmore.com

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
In the month of September, we had no first responder positive cases. This is a testament to them for being safe and our health department being proactive in sharing information across the board! 

TASK FORCE MEETINGS
will be held on Tuesdays at 11am moving forward. 

 

Updated 9/29/2020 2:25 PM

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 130 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 125 recovered cases, 5 active cases, 0 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here, and folks are acquiring it here.) Our active cases are decreasing, which is great news. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

FLU SEASON
is upon us! Please get your flu shot from your normal providers. 

HARM REDUCTION
services will not be offered this week due to supply chain issues but should be up and running next week. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
We are seeing more and more remote learning students wanting to return to in-person school. Let’s all keep doing our part to maintain low numbers of new cases in the county! 

RCB CLINIC
Flu season has begun. Folks are coming to us with flu-like symptoms. We are offering flu shots. A new family medicine physician, Dr. Angela Pendleton, will be starting at the clinic on Oct 19. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL
We are still doing temperature checks and screening at the front door and conducting COVID testing daily at all locations. Waiting room times are limited to avoid congregating inside. We have been conducting some flu vaccination clinics, as it is more important than ever to be vaccinated for the flu. The next one will be Tuesday September 29, 2020 from 9am-5pm in the white tent located outside the main entrance of the clinic.  No appointment is necessary.

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program still into the fall. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

ACCESS TO EDUCATION
A partnership with Greenbrier County Schools, Communities in Schools, Dinsmore & Shohl, Bimbo Coles & Company, B3 Security, Marvel Center, and High Rocks will provide tutoring and Wifi access to local students. The tutoring locations are High Rocks, Bimbo Coles & Co, and Marvel. Social distancing will be practiced. Tutoring is available 10am-6pm from Monday-Wednesday. All tutors receive background checks. To sign up for tutoring, email jennifer.mason@dinsmore.c or tammy.bennett@dinsmore.com

TASK FORCE MEETINGS
will be held on Tuesdays at 11am moving forward. 

 

Updated 9/21/2020 1:25 PM

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 127 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 118 recovered cases, 9 active cases, 0 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here, and folks are acquiring it here.) Last week we saw a marked increase in cases. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
We had our first positive student case. She was symptomatic. Contact tracing has been completed (for everyone who was within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes). Greenbrier West, where the young lady is a student, is closed for three days for cleaning per the county reentry plan. During that three day period, there are no extracurricular activities either. (The state does not require a school closure in the event of a positive case, but our local county plan calls for a brief closure for cleaning and contact tracing just to be safe.)  

GV MEDICAL CENTER
Our visitation policy will align with the county school systems in our region. While Greenbrier is in the green, our surrounding counties are seeing some higher case counts. 

RCB CLINIC
Starting today, we will expand our mobile clinic hours to 9am-1pm for all patients & 1-330pm for children. The number of COVID tests remains steady each day. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program still into the fall. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
received some good news about grants for Alderson flooding which we are excited about! Since no federal funds are available, we are reliant exclusively on what we can raise. Be in touch if you’d like to assist.

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. 

AIRPORT
We received Cares Act funds to remain in operation and keep staff working during the pandemic. Commercial and private flights continue. Private aviation traffic has actually increased during the pandemic. Fuel prices are low and purchases are high. 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
Remember to apply for the COVID small business grants (grants.wv.gov) as applications close in a little over a week. 

 

Updated 9/14/2020 1:15 PM

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 118 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 111 recovered cases, 7 active cases, 0 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here, and folks are acquiring it here.) The good news is that our active cases are shrinking. Over the past week, we’ve only seen 3 new cases, which is a good slowdown over the past few weeks. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

YELLOW
We went “yellow” last week according to the state. This was due to a data error at the state level. According to our numbers, we should’ve stayed green. As a rule of thumb, please always remember the local numbers are the most current for the public to watch. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Thanks to our parents, students, employees, and communities for their hard work last week in opening schools. All in all, we had a good opening week. Virtual school registrations continue. This is a new process and has seen some bumps, so thank you for your patience as we work through the tech issues. As of now, 62 students in Greenbrier County have signed up for virtual education. In terms of PPE, we want to make sure our staff has everything they need. We are reaching out to our principals today to ensure folks can communicate their needs. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
Our visitation policy will align with the county school systems in our region. Look for details this coming week. 

RCB CLINIC
Starting next Monday, we will expand our mobile clinic hours to 9am-1pm for all patients & 1-330pm for children.  

LONG TERM RECOVERY
received some good news about grants for Alderson flooding which we are excited about! Since no federal funds are available, we are reliant exclusively on what we can raise. Be in touch if you’d like to assist. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program still into the fall. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. 

UNITED WAY
Our WV 211 service remains available. If you know families in need of services, please have them call us at 2-1-1.  

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
All of our county shelters are supplied with PPE should we have weather or COVID events. First responders continue to need PPE, so we continue to work on making it available for them. The school is doing a great job sanitizing their facilities! We also have a new unit to assist with sanitization through the county. 

WV SENATE
The additional $400 unemployment benefit is set to be available to folks out of work due to the pandemic this week. Don’t forget to apply for the small business grants (grants.wv.gov) as applications close in two weeks. Expect to see further “tweaks” to the color-coded system later today. As I’ve said for a few weeks now, we have got to have consistent and accurate maps for this system to work. 

 

Updated 9/10/2020 8:18 AM

SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 115 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 103 recovered cases, 12 active cases, 1 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here, and folks are acquiring it here.) Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

COVID19 TESTS
continue to be available at MedExpress, Rainelle Medical, and Robert C. Byrd Clinic daily. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
With the opening of schools today, Mr. Bryant personally spoke with every principal this morning. So far, everything is going well. Student conduct is good in terms of compliance with guidelines. The Board is meeting virtually today at 1pm. 

STUDENT COVID19 TESTS
If a student needs a COVID19 test, they will be referred to a local provider by the school nurse. 

SCHOOL QUESTIONS?
If you are a parent or student with specific questions, please contact your principal directly. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
Due to an uptick in cases locally, we are not opening the hospital to visitors right now as we had hoped to do. This is to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible. 

WVSOM
We have no positive cases to report. There are contingency plans in place should they be needed. We adhere to strict guidelines in terms of PPE, travel, and social interactions to keep the community safe.

RCB CLINIC
is continuing to monitor the local COVID situation and adapt as needed.  We are expanding our capabilities to be able to handle the expected increase in sick children (typical childhood illnesses associated with the opening of school) during the COVID changes.

LONG TERM RECOVERY
received some good news about grants for Alderson flooding which we are excited about! Since no federal funds are available, we are reliant exclusively on what we can raise. Stay tuned. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138.  We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. 

UNITED WAY
Our WV 211 service remains available. If you know families in need of services, please have them call us at 2-1-1.  

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
employees are working in schools to assist in-person students. However, we also remain available for virtual students to try and meet their needs as well. Additionally, we are conducting a “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive. You can buy items in-person at Love Child in Lewisburg or virtually via online registry at Amazon or WalMart. See our Facebook page for details. All supplies go to our schools in Greenbrier County.  

SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
are available for businesses with 0-35 employees. Apply via the WV Grant portal online (grants.wv.gov). Sole proprietors are eligible for $2,000 and businesses with 1-35 employees are eligible for $5,000. Applications will close at the end of September, so be sure to apply!  
 

Updated 9/1/2020 11:00 AM

AUGUST 31, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 109 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 97 recovered cases, 9 active cases, 1 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here, and folks are acquiring it here.) We worked with the commission to purchase a sanitization unit which schools can use if needed. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

COVID19 TESTS
continue to be available at MedExpress, Rainelle Medical, and Robert C. Byrd Clinic daily. 

COLLEGE STUDENTS
who test positive are counted in the county where they live full-time. For example, if a student from Greenbrier County tests positive as a full-time student at WVU while living in Morgantown, they count there in Mon County. If they live in Greenbrier County but commute to Concord, then they count in Greenbrier County. Last but not least, if they come home to Greenbrier County to quarantine after testing positive while enrolled at WVU, then they count here in Greenbrier.

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
We are “yellow” which for now means only parents can attend extracurricular events. We will watch the trends and stay in touch with the Health Department as we continue to prepare for the opening of school next week. Every classroom teacher will be presented with a package of PPE this week including masks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and more. Each school will also have a sanitization unit. Several schools installed plexiglass in classrooms. Each school also has a designated COVID space should there be positive cases on property. As a reminder, masks are required for students returning to in-person school in Greenbrier County. Wifi hotspots will be posted this week by the school system.   

SCHOOL QUESTIONS?
If you are a parent or student with specific questions, please contact your principal directly. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
Due to an uptick in cases locally, we are not opening the hospital to visitors right now as we had hoped to do. This is to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible. 

RCB CLINIC
As we’re receiving lots of questions from parents about their children’s health with the return to school, our staff is doing a Facebook Live event Thursday at 7pm to answer questions. The school system will join us. In terms of testing, COVID19 testing turnaround times remain around 24-48 hours. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
received some good news about grants for Alderson flooding which we are excited about! Since no federal funds are available, we are reliant exclusively on what we can raise. Stay tuned. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138.  We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. 

UNITED WAY
Our WV 211 service remains available. If you know families in need of services, please have them call us at 2-1-1.  

REGIONAL CASELOADS
are increasing throughout southeastern WV--Monroe, Fayette, Summers to name a few in addition to Greenbrier. You can monitor trends in caseloads by visiting the WVDHHR color coded map online. It’s updated at 10am each day. “Green” counties are showing stability. “Yellow” need to take caution as they’re increasing in cases. “Orange” begins to see restrictions. “Red” shuts down schools, nursing homes, sports, etc. What can you do to keep the county green? Wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands. The more we follow these guidelines, the safer we all are...and the more we can enjoy in terms of school, sports, and visitations. 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS
are available for businesses with 0-35 employees. Apply via the WV Grant portal online (grants.wv.gov). Sole proprietors are eligible for $2,000 and businesses with 1-35 employees are eligible for 5,000.

 

Updated 8/27/2020 8:30 AM

AUGUST 24, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 100 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 94 recovered cases, 6 active cases, 1 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases continue to be community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here and folks are acquiring it here.) Our staff is assisting the Monroe County Health Department with their outbreak. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

HOW CAN WE HELP WITH THE MONROE COUNTY OUTBREAK?          
Drop off food or water to Springfield Center for staff. They could use that kind of support right now. Please take necessary precautions when doing so. 

FLU SHOTS
are not yet available at the health department but will be soon. Stay tuned.  

GV MEDICAL CENTER
We are reopening limited visitation in non-COVID19 areas. 

RCB CLINIC
As we’ve reopened, patient flow through the building has improved as waiting rooms open. Traditionally, we see an increase in pediatric patients at the start of the school year, and we are also preparing for that this year. This requires taking additional precautions due to COVID19. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138.  We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
We are working to obtain a hydrogen peroxide decontamination/sanitization unit. It would allow us to clean ambulances, rooms, and more. The county commission will discuss this at tomorrow’s meeting. VFD grants were awarded last week. State guidance was issued twice last week to provide clarification on how the funds can be used. 

UNEMPLOYMENT
Over 60,000 citizens of WV had fraudulent unemployment claims filed in their name. If you receive a KeyBank benefits card that you didn’t apply for, please report it to Workforce (reportunemploymentfraud@wv.gov) and contact a credit bureau. Processing and accounting for all those fraudulent claims also continues to slow down processing of legitimate claims. I continue to send a daily list to Workforce of folks who have never received their original, legitimate benefits. If you are in that position, send me your name and number at stephen.baldwin@wvsenate.gov.  

MONROE COUNTY OUTBREAK
Our neighbors in Monroe County are experiencing a significant outbreak. It began in a nursing home. Community spread is likely to occur. This will affect school, sports, business, and more. It will also have an enormous impact on the health and wellbeing of the nursing home residents. Please wear a mask, social distance, and quarantine after travel to hotspots. Keep these residents and staff in your prayers. 

CONGREGATE SETTINGS
According to the guidelines set forth by the state, residents in congregate settings such as nursing homes and jails, for example, are not counted individually in COVID19 numbers. They are counted as a group. Staff at those facilities are counted individually. This affects the numbers you see reported each day. For example, if a nursing home had 25 residents and 25 staff test positive, that would be reported as 26 positive cases (25 staff plus 1 for the residents). The statewide task force recommended this guideline. 

COLOR CODING
Folks in education, public health, and business are sending numerous, legitimate questions about the governor’s color coding system. It can be found on the WV DHHR website and seems to undergo “tweaks” constantly. It will be used to open or close schools and nursing homes. It will likely undergo further changes before it’s put into use. 

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT
are available for businesses with 0-35 employees. Apply via the WV Grant portal online (grants.wv.gov). Sole proprietors are eligible for $2,000 and businesses with 1-35 employees are eligible for 5,000. 

 

Updated 8/11/2020 8:00 AM

AUGUST 10, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 94 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 88 recovered cases, 6 active cases, 1 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The majority of new cases over the past week are community transmission cases. (This means the virus is here and folks are acquiring it here.) Turnaround times for tests via LabCorp have greatly improved from 5-7 days down to 1-2 days. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. More folks are wearing masks and that’s allowing us stability in new cases locally. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
On Aug 11, the county board meets virtually. The public may watch online. We present our reentry plan for students to the state this week. Our plan includes a metric that we can remain open for in-person school so long as our positive test rate doesn’t exceed 3% for 3 straight days. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
We hope to let medical students in on a restricted basis in the near future so they can continue their education. We are looking into allowing limited visitors in September if possible. We do have rapid testing equipment available for urgent situations involving patients and staff. 

RCB CLINIC
We average 25-30 COVID19 tests per day. Average wait times are down significantly (to 1-2 days). We move into Phase 2 of reopening on Wednesday. We will allow limited waiting room space, which speeds up the process and allows us to serve more folks each day. Masks are still required and we still ask you to call ahead when you arrive. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138.  We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
We are looking for SKILLED volunteers to help with flood relief in several homes in the Alderson area. Email volunteer@ggltrc.org or call/text  992-2062 if you want to help. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
We are working with EMS providers to ensure folks have enough PPE to serve patients. We are working to obtain a hydrogen peroxide decontamination/sanitization unit. It would allow us to clean ambulances, rooms, and more. We are working with the state to distribute Cares Act funds to volunteer fire departments. Each existing VFD is supposed to receive a grant.

LABCORP
If you are tested for COVID19 at a medical facility using LabCorp, sign up for the LabCorp patient portal. You will be able to get your test results more quickly than waiting on a phone call. 

WV SENATE
Folks are calling/emailing about whether another stimulus will come--direct payments, unemployment, etc? Those are federal actions we at the state level cannot take, but we are in touch with our US Senate counterparts pushing for a quick resolution. It’s unclear right now if or when they will come to a deal, as they’ve been unable to yet. The economy is very fragile, locally jobs are on the decline, and folks are rightly concerned about the future if we don’t get a boost. I urge you to contact your US Senators and Representatives. 

 

Updated 8/3/2020 12:30 PM

AUGUST 3, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 90 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 82 recovered cases, 8 active cases, 3 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. Testing turnaround times have increased again to 5-7 days. We are on a waiting list to receive rapid testing equipment but have yet to receive one. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. More folks are wearing masks and that’s allowing us stability in new cases locally. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
We released a reentry plan late last week. We plan to start on Sept 8 with a staggered opening (only certain grades reports certain days). Elementary students attend 5 days a week. Middle and high school students go on a rotating basis a few days per week. Students will remain in pods to reduce potential exposure. On Oct 8, the plan will be revisited and adjusted as needed. If the state positive test rate stays above 3% for 3 days in a row, we will scale back in-person education for safety. Outside guests to schools will be limited but professional resources will be allowed to visit.

THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
continues every Wednesday in August. Please visit our website to be added to the list to receive summer meals the rest of this month.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS
will begin in October. This allows the school system and their partners time to see how reopening goes. Partners should contact the school system to talk details. 

WIFI HOTSPOTS
are being considered in various places such as school parking lots, community center parking lots, and even school buses equipped with Wifi being parked in remote parts of the county. If you’re interested in supporting this, please contact Dr. Vicki Cline with the school system.  

WVSOM
Orientation is completed. Out of over 400 returning students, only 1 tested positive. We will continue to follow protocols to keep students and the community as safe as possible. 

RCB CLINIC
We move into Phase 2 of reopening this week. Phase 2 means availability of limited waiting room space inside, which speeds up the process and allows us to serve more folks each day. We still provide COVID testing daily for folks who need it. We too have requested rapid testing equipment, but it’s very limited nationwide. Only 3 manufacturers make them. They’re also very expensive. Even if we could get one, it might be cost-prohibitive. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138.  We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. You can also order online via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpijMzDlKy-e7sKbq_-w3nRzwRf6FV5MQvXBtKFMPMlZi2mg/viewform Buying the adult meals for $5 is a huge financial support which allows us to serve more free meals for kids, so...please order!

LONG TERM RECOVERY
We are looking for skilled volunteers to help with flood relief in several homes in the Alderson area. Email volunteer@ggltrc.org or call/text  992-2062 if you want to help. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
We are working with EMS providers to ensure folks have enough PPE to serve patients. We are working with the state to distribute Cares Act funds to volunteer fire departments. Each existing VFD is supposed to receive a grant.

 

Updated 7/27/2020 12:58 PM

JULY 27, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 88 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 82 recovered cases, 4 active cases, 2 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The two newest cases are suspected to be community transmission cases at this point. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
The Board of Education is meeting Tuesday, July 28, at 1pm and then again on Friday, July 31, as they continue finalizing the school reentry plan. Friday afternoon, our plan will be shared publicly. We anticipate the plan will likely continue to change in the coming weeks and months as the situation develops. The summer feeding program concludes this week. It has seen an increase in demand from students needing meals all summer, and we are happy we were able to provide those meals. 

WVSOM
We announced a reopening plan recently. Students returned to the area by mid-July to quarantine. They’ve been tested and will only be allowed on campus if they’re negative. Students will be grouped in pods throughout the year. All campus buildings remain closed to the public, including the cafe. Employees returned to campus two weeks ago. Masks are required on campus, as are temperature checks. 

RCB CLINIC
We move into Phase 2 of reopening within the next week or two, so long as our active case count stays relatively low. Phase 2 means availability of limited waiting room space inside, which speeds up the process and allows us to serve more folks each day. Three new physicians are working onsite with us, and we’re very excited about their ability to meet the needs of patients here locally. Three additional residents are also joining us in the coming weeks. We still provide COVID testing daily for folks who need it. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
We offer COVID testing daily at all seven of our locations. Appointments are required for all services. Masks and temp checks are required. Patients are asked to wait in their cars before their regular appointments. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138.  We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. You can also order online via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpijMzDlKy-e7sKbq_-w3nRzwRf6FV5MQvXBtKFMPMlZi2mg/viewform. Buying the adult meals for $5 is a huge financial support which allows us to serve more free meals for kids, so...please order! 

 

Updated 7/21/2020 3:26 PM

JULY 21, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 86 total positive cases, 3 suspect cases, 73 recovered cases, 13 active cases, 2 hospitalized, and 3 deaths. The sources of these new cases are varied--travel-related, contact with previous local positive cases, etc. Some tourists traveling through the area tested positive, but they are not reflected in our local numbers as positive cases are recorded at a person’s residence. (One exception is students, at WVSOM for example, who would be counted locally in our tally if they test positive are in school here.) We do engage in contact tracing for folks who come through the area and have been positive, so that local citizens they come into contact with are notified. DHHR employees have been trained as backup contact tracers to be in place if needed should we see a surge. Please wear a mask, socially distance, and wash your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Greenbrier County Schools will continue work on the re-entry plan with a target date of Friday, July 31 for release to the public. We’ve met with many stakeholders over the past week and will continue to do so this week. The Board of Education is meeting Tuesday, July 28, at 1pm and then again on Friday, July 31. At that time, our plan will be shared publicly. We anticipate the plan will likely continue to change in the coming weeks and months as the situation develops. 

WVSOM
We announced a reopening plan recently. Students returned to the area by mid-July to quarantine. They’ve been tested and will only be allowed on campus if they’re negative. Students will be grouped in pods throughout the year. All campus buildings remain closed to the public, including the cafe. Employees returned to campus last week. Masks are required on campus, as are temperature checks. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
We now offer COVID testing daily at all seven of our locations. Appointments are required for all services. Masks and temp checks are required. Patients are asked to wait in their cars before their regular appointments. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are participating in the governor’s summer feeding program through August. These meals (five days worth) can be picked up once a week. We also have vouchers for farmer’s markets available for seniors. If you have questions, you can call the office at 304-392-5138. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! We are using local produce as much as possible to prepare these meals. You can also order online via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpijMzDlKy-e7sKbq_-w3nRzwRf6FV5MQvXBtKFMPMlZi2mg/viewform. Buying the adult meals for $5 is a huge financial support which allows us to serve more free meals for kids, so...please order! 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
We have 83 flood-affected properties locally which we are working to serve. We need volunteers to assist. Today, we have none on the ground…& needs still exist for families needing muckouts and debris removal. If you’re interested in volunteering, please call Kayla at 304-992-2062. 

SENECA
Crosswinds Center is open for short-term detox in Lewisburg. We also have Recovery Ridge, a recovery program specifically for men, which just opened in Nicholas County for substance abuse recovery. 

 

Updated 7/9/2020 3:00 PM

Update on 2020-2021 Academic Year

Below is general information on WVSOM’s preparation for the return of our first and second year students and the start of Phase III of our reopening plan. All phases of WVSOM’s reopening plan are focused on keeping everyone as safe as possible, continuing to deliver the curriculum and other services to our students, and keeping employees working.

Student arrival to the community

Students are being asked to be in Lewisburg area two weeks prior to the start of the school year to self-isolate. During this period, all students will be self-monitoring for COVID symptoms and come to campus once where using drive through stations they will receive their computer, personal protective equipment, and be tested for COVID. Any student symptomatic or testing positive for COVID will not be allowed on campus until symptom free for a specified period of time.

Orientation

Student orientation will begin the last week of July. Portions of orientation will consist of online modules and in person on campus. When on campus, students will be assigned to and remain in the same small groups. Students will receive information on topics including the honor code, professionalism, Title IX, digital academic resources, support services, suicide awareness and bystander intervention, proper use of personal protective equipment, and COVID-19.

Classes

Classes start July 30th and all classroom content will be delivered on-line. Students will only be expected on campus for specified lab course activities and these will be done in small groups. Students will be paired together and assigned to a small group or pod that will be used for lab courses during the academic year. Thus, students remain more isolated by reducing student-to-student contact. Group sizes of more than 25 will not be allowed. Also, should one student contract COVID during the year, exposure to other students will be limited to those individuals in their group or pod. Plans are in place for ingress, egress, and lab management to reduce the chances of viral spread. A system of volunteers has also been established to assist students needing to self-isolate to receive groceries and other needed items without having to leave their homes.

Employee return to work

Phase III of reopening will begin on July 15th. At that time all employees are expected to return to work on campus. For employees having specific medical conditions requiring job-related modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WVSOM will address those modifications as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodations. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility, reasonableness, and approval.

Face coverings/masks

All employees, students, and campus guests are required to wear face coverings/masks when in indoor public spaces, ex. hallways, bathrooms, meeting rooms. Face coverings/masks are not required for an individual alone an office but must be worn when meeting with someone in an office. Face coverings/masks are required when outside on campus when social distancing at least six feet from others is not possible.

Instruction on proper use of face coverings/masks

All employees are required to watch a series of videos on signs and symptoms of COVID-19, hand washing, and proper use of face coverings/masks and other ways to keep everyone safe by July 31st.

Self-monitoring

All employees are required to either self-monitor or undergo a temperature scan upon entry to campus. A temperature scan for employees and guests is available in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Employees who have a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or other COVID-19 symptoms should not come on campus or should leave campus upon determining they have a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or other COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 symptoms to be aware of include cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever in the last 48 hours, new loss of taste or smell, and vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours. Any employee who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus and make his/her supervisor aware of the situation.

Meetings on campus

Whenever possible, meetings should be conducted virtually, either by phone or video conference. Face-to-face meetings must occur in a room that will accommodate proper social distancing for all attendees. The maximum number of people allowed to meet in each meeting room/area will be posted.

Work-related travel

All work-related travel, both in-state and out-of-state, is currently restricted and must have prior approval. Statewide campus staff may travel if essential to maintain clinical training sites. Employees and students are strongly encouraged to minimize personal travel in the coming months. Employees and students may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days if they travel to a hot spot upon return to the area.

Large group gatherings

Large group gatherings of over 25 persons is NOT permitted on campus until further notice. Employees and students are advised NOT to attend any large group gatherings in the community without mask wearing and social distancing at this time for your own protection and the safety of the community.

Public on campus

In general, the WVSOM campus is not open to the public at this time. However, individuals can be invited as a guest of an employee by appointment. Visitation by individuals for reasons other than to conduct school business should be limited to the greatest extent possible. Children are not to be on campus at this time.

Guests are to be met at the Welcome Center and undergo a temperature scan before being escorted by an employee to other areas of campus. Guests who have a temperature higher than 99.5 degrees F and/or have other COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to leave campus immediately and return to campus when they no longer have symptoms. All guests are to abide by WVSOM’s directives, including the requirement to wear face coverings/masks. Guests will be asked to leave campus if they do not abide by WVSOM’s directives.

Access to WVSOM facilities

WVSOM facilities will continue to be locked down and will only be accessible using prox cards including the WVSOM Founders' Center gym facilities.

Gym facilities will reopen in stages. Additional information will be distributed at a later date. Guests are not allowed in the gym until further notice.

The O’Café will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Cleaning/sanitization of WVSOM facilities

The WVSOM Campus Service workers have been instructed on-site by the West Virginia National Guard on effective cleaning of surfaces, both for routine, daily cleaning and for sanitizing areas that are exposed to COVID-19.

 

Updated 6/29/2020 4:10 PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

JUNE 29, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Greenbrier County has 62 total positive cases--45 from the church outbreak (18 are recovered), 10 previous cases (all 10 recovered), 5 travel-related, 1 community-acquired, and one new positive this morning. Currently, 5 patients are hospitalized. We experienced our first death over the weekend and ask for prayers for the family. If you’re having mild cold or allergy systems, please self-isolate and be tested. We ask the entire community to wear masks and practice distancing. 

HOSPITAL
We are delaying the return of inpatient visitors due to the recent outbreak. We will reassess that again soon.  

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB 
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! You can also order online via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpijMzDlKy-e7sKbq_-w3nRzwRf6FV5MQvXBtKFMPMlZi2mg/viewform

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Today was the final pickup for the June canned food drive. Many thanks to all the churches, medical centers, businesses, and individuals who supported this effort to fill our food pantries! Items will be delivered this week to partner food pantries. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
We are focused on Alderson flood recovery right now. There are approximately 30 affected properties. Overall, damage is minimal. That means we will not receive federal assistance for those 30 homeowners. We are working to coordinate fundraising and volunteers. Our goal is $250,000 to help these families. To sign up as a volunteer, please text your name to 304-992-2062 or email volunteer@ggltrc.org. Please direct affected families to us moving forward. 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FLOOD UPDATE
We are partnering with Greater Greenbrier LTRC, Monroe County, and the Town of Alderson on flood recovery. 

 

Updated 6/15/2020 11:48 AM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

JUNE 15, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
We currently have 28 positive cases associated with the outbreak. Over 500 tests have already been completed and more tests are being done. Most infected residents are experiencing mild symptoms, though one does have serious underlying health issues. If you’re having mild cold or allergy systems, please self-isolate and be tested. We ask the entire community to wear masks and practice distancing. 

OUTBREAK
The initial case which led to the outbreak was travel-related. That person then spread the virus. Contact tracing continues to identify those with whom infected residents came into contact with. If you attended Greystone Baptist Church recently, please go and be tested. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please go and be tested. 

FREE COMMUNITY TESTING
continues today, June 15, at Dorie Miller Park until 2pm. 

MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING
are proven strategies to lessen the spread of the virus. When you go out in public, please practice these measures for the sake of public health. 

CITY OF LEWISBURG
Community testing was busy and efficient this week. We stand ready to continue serving as a host site at Dorie Miller Park in the future if needed.  

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Summer meal pickups are significantly down. These meals are available for any students who need them. Please call 304-647-6462 to place your order for summer meals by 9pm on Sundays. State your student’s name, their school, and where they would pickup. These meals will be available for pickup at local sites--Alderson, Frankford, Ronceverte, Marvel (Rupert), Rainelle, White Sulphur. Pickup is from 12-1pm. We continue to work on fall opening plans. That remains up in the air at this point. 

HOSPITAL
We are transitioning towards allowing visitors. Outpatient surgery patients were allowed one visitor this week, and it went well. On June 15, outpatients for diagnostic testing will be allowed one visitor. On June 29, patients will be allowed one visitor at a time between 2-6pm. Visitors must be over 18 and wear a mask. 

RCB CLINIC
We are moving into Phase 2 of our reopening, moving slowly and deliberately. Testing for COVID has increased recently due to the outbreak. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
Covid-19 drive-through testing will be taking place at Meadow Bridge High School from 10am-2pm on Monday the 15th.  Joint effort by Fayette County Health Department and RMC.  Must bring insurance card if you have one.  Anyone can be tested. Sports Physicals will not take place at Western Greenbrier this week, because of a lack of a provider for that location, but they can be done at Midland Trail or Meadow Bridge this week.  Regular schedule to resume next week.

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those who need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order! You can also order online via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpijMzDlKy-e7sKbq_-w3nRzwRf6FV5MQvXBtKFMPMlZi2mg/viewform

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will include Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, all City National branches, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Drop off canned food items between June 1-26. We ask folks to donate items containing protein (canned meat beans, peanut butter) or canned fruit. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

GOVERNOR JUSTICE
joined us for today’s meeting. He shared with us his actions over the weekend to assist the community including immediate decontamination of the church, adding additional free community testing, and pledging to send any needed resources to assist the local health department and community. He asked us to communicate any requests, large or small, directly to his office so that we can stop this outbreak as soon as possible. He encouraged folks to wear masks & socially distance to stay safe. 

CONCERN FOR CHILD WELL-BEING
Prompted by a local physician, we held a group discussion about how child well-being is affected by this pandemic and asked folks to be very aware of the children in their lives. The various public health, medical, and education entities on the phone pledged their support to this effort in the coming months. 

 

Updated 6/8/2020 1:35 PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

JUNE 8, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Cases are slowing down in our state, which is a very good thing. We remain at 10 positive cases with all 10 recovered now. We continue to encourage masks in public to keep the virus at bay. 

COMMUNITY TESTING
Last Monday, 115 members of the community came to the fairgrounds for testing. No positives were reported. Additional community testing will be held June 12-13 from 9am-4pm at Dorie Miller Park in Lewisburg. No appointment necessary. There are no out of pocket expenses and insurance will not be billed. 

STATE FAIR OF WV
The board meets this Wednesday afternoon to decide whether we will hold the state fair this year. Many considerations are in play, and we are doing our best to make an informed decision. We will update the public ASAP. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Please call 304-647-6462 to place your order for summer meals. If no one answers, please leave a message. These meals will be available for pickup at local sites; they will not be delivered via bus as has been the case. Also on June 9 at 1pm, the Board of Education is meeting virtually. Please visit the website to participate. 

WVSOM
will begin reopening in phases over the next month. An outbreak plan is in place should that occur.

HOSPITAL
We are transitioning towards allowing visitors. Outpatient surgery patients were allowed one visitor this week, and it went well. On June 15, outpatients for diagnostic testing will be allowed one visitor. On June 29, patients will be allowed one visitor at a time between 2-6pm. Visitors must be over 18 and wear a mask. 

RCB CLINIC
As we continue to reopen, additional appointments in-person will occur at the clinic. Everyone registers via phone and waits in their vehicle until you’re called inside for your appointment. All children are treated outside the building in a separate air-conditioned unit. We are seeking donated cloth masks for patients and appreciate everyone who has helped with that effort. They can be dropped off at the front entrance of the clinic. Several new physicians are starting this summer, and we’re very excited for the services they will provide our community. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
will be conducting free sports physicals on Mondays & Tuesdays from 8am-4pm all of June beginning 6/8 for eastern Greenbrier students. Free sports physicals for western Greenbrier students will be available on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8am-5pm all of June beginning 6/10. An appointment is required.  Call 304-645-1052 for the eastern site and 304-392-6972 for the western site. You may also call the main clinic at 304-438-6188 to make an appointment ahead of time. Vaccines are also available during the physical. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order!

HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
We’re supporting the Health Department with community testing. We are receiving a significant amount of cloth masks for agencies or businesses who need them. Those will be kept at the Health Department. 

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will include Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, all City National branches, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Drop off canned food items between June 1-26. We ask folks to donate items containing protein (canned meat beans, peanut butter) or canned fruit. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

WEEKLY MEETINGS
Moving forward, this Task Force will meet on Mondays at 11am. Summaries will be provided to the media and public as usual. 

 

Updated 6/4/2020 2:27 PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

JUNE 4, 2020 UPDATE

DRIVE THRU TESTING
This past Monday, 115 members of the community came to the fairgrounds for testing. No positives were reported. 

MINORITY TESTING IN DORIE MILLER PARK
will be held June 12-13. Look for details TBA next week. DHHR is working with the Health Department and Mayor Beverly White in making arrangements. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
After this week, student food distribution will change for the summer months. Please call 304-647-6462 to place your order for receiving summer meals. If no one answers, please leave a message. Starting June 10, deliveries will cease and the food will only be available at dropoff sites. On June 9 at 1pm, the Board of Education is meeting virtually. Please visit the website to participate. 

WVSOM is working on a campus reopening plan to be announced in the near future. 

HOSPITAL
We are transitioning towards allowing visitors. Outpatient surgery patients were allowed one visitor this week, and it went well. On June 15, outpatients for diagnostic testing will be allowed one visitor. On June 29, patients will be allowed one visitor at a time between 2-6pm. Visitors must be over 18 and wear a mask. 

RCB CLINIC
We began reopening last week. Everyone registers via phone and waits in their vehicle until you’re called inside for your appointment. All children are treated outside the building in a separate air-conditioned unit. We are seeking donated cloth masks for patients. They can be dropped off at the front entrance of the clinic. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
will be conducting free sports physicals on Mondays & Tuesdays from 8am-4pm all of June beginning 6/8 for eastern Greenbrier students. Free sports physicals for western Greenbrier students will be available on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8am-5pm all of June beginning 6/10. An appointment is required.  Call 304-645-1052 for the eastern site and 304-392-6972 for the western site. You may also call the main clinic at 304-438-6188 to make an appointment ahead of time. Vaccines are also available during the physical. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue to be available. Free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order!

HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
If any organizations need cloth masks, please call Paula at 304-645-5444.

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. That will continue through the end of June. Thanks to funds raised by WVSOM students, we may be able to continue to program even longer.  

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will include Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, all City National branches, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Drop off canned food items between June 1-26. We ask folks to donate items containing protein (canned meat beans, peanut butter) or canned fruit. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

RESOURCE GUIDE
A working draft is in use now. Updates are coming in and will be incorporated. Feel free to send additions or changes. A master list including the latest updates is available via the Facebook page of Delegate Cindy Lavender-Bowe. 

WEEKLY MEETINGS
Beginning next week, this Task Force will transition to meeting once a week. Details TBA. 

 

Updated 6/1/2020 1:00PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

JUNE 1, 2020 UPDATE

DRIVE THRU TESTING
for the community will be available at the WV State Fairgrounds today from 9am-1pm on Monday, June 1. If you have insurance, bring your card as it will be charged (but there is NO copay). If you do not have insurance, Medicaid will be charged (again, NO copay). A doctor’s order is not required for a test. The testing will be at the Underwood Youth building. Please enter the fairgrounds through the livestock gate (located on 219 North). Additional community-wide testing will take place June 12-13 as coordinated by the National Guard.

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
After this week, student food distribution will change for the summer months. Please call 304-647-6462 to place your order for receiving summer meals. If no one answers, please leave a message. Starting June 10, deliveries will cease and the food will only be available at dropoff sites. 

WVSOM
is working on a campus reopening plan to be announced in the near future. 

UNITED WAY OF GREENBRIER VALLEY
All United Way offices in WV placed a PPE order and have received their supplies locally. If any non-profits need surgical masks in Greenbrier, Monroe, or Pocahontas County, please email us thomas@unitedwaygbv.org to place an order with the number of masks needed and what your organization is. 

COVID RELIEF FUND
Funds remain for community non-profit organizations who need financial assistance with COVID-response activities. If you want to apply, please visit www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org/covidfund

HOSPITAL
We are transitioningtowards allowing visitors in the hospital beginning this week with outpatient visitors. 

RCB CLINIC
We began reopening last week. Over 1,800 phone calls were received Thursday from patients seeking service. COVID testing continues. Telehealth visits and the mobile clinic will continue to be available. Everyone registers via phone and waits in their vehicle until you’re called in for your appointment. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. The state is working on a reopening plan for seniors centers like ours, and we are awaiting that guidance. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. That will continue through the end of June.  

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will include Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, all City National branches, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Drop off canned food items between June 1-26. We ask folks to donate items containing protein (canned meat beans, peanut butter) or canned fruit. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

STATE BUDGET
Today, the latest state budget numbers arrived. For the month of May, the state ran a deficit of $38 million. For the year, the state ran a deficit of $235 million. 

RESOURCE GUIDE
A working draft is in use now. Updates are coming in and will be incorporated. A master list including the latest updates is available via the Facebook page of Delegate Cindy Lavender-Bowe. 

SENECA HEALTH
continues to provide telehealth services. We will begin to open our doors in phases today, June 1, over the next few weeks. 

ALDERSON MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION
The Alderson Thrift Store will reopen Thursday, June 4. It will be open Thursday, Friday, Saturday each week from 10am-5pm. Face coverings are required. Drop offs are accepted. 

 

Updated 5/28/2020 1:30PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 28, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 1,574 total tests, 1,550 are negative, 14 are pending, 10 are positive (all have recovered). 

DRIVE THRU TESTING
for the community will be available at the WV State Fairgrounds from 9am-1pm on Monday, June 1. If you have insurance, bring your card as it will be charged (but there is NO copay). If you do not have insurance, Medicaid will be charged (again, NO copay). A doctor’s order is not required for a test. The testing will be at the Underwood Youth building. Please enter the fairgrounds through the livestock gate (located on 219 North). Additional community-wide testing will take place June 12-13 as coordinated by the National Guard. THESE TESTS ARE FOR ANYONE. 

ANTIBODY TESTING
is available via Labcorp locally, but this must be ordered through your medical provider. Greenbrier Physicians and RCB Clinic are both offering it, however they advise folks to be aware that the accuracy of the results is only around 50% right now. A doctor must provide an order first for the test. Insurance will be billed. If it can’t be billed, the cost is around $50. The usefulness of these tests should increase over time as we learn more. 

RESTAURANTS & COSMETOLOGISTS
are required to wear masks when serving the public as per the governor’s order. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
After next week, student food distribution will change for the summer months. Please call 304-647-6462 to place your order for receiving summer meals. If no one answers, please leave a message. Starting June 10, deliveries will cease and the food will only be available at dropoff sites. 

GRADUATION
ceremonies for Greenbrier West (May 29) & Greenbrier East (May 30) will be live on the radio (103.1), Facebook, Roku TV, and Suddenlink (channel 130) for all to see beginning at 5pm. 

UNITED WAY OF GREENBRIER VALLEY
All United Way offices in WV placed a PPE order and have received their supplies locally. If any non-profits need surgical masks in Greenbrier, Monroe, or Pocahontas County, please email us thomas@unitedwaygbv.org to place an order with the number of masks needed and what your organization is. 

COVID RELIEF FUND
Funds remain for community non-profit organizations who need financial assistance with COVID-response activities. If you want to apply, please visi www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org/covidfund

HOSPITAL
We are transitioning towards allowing visitors in the hospital beginning next week with outpatient visitors. 

RCB CLINIC
We began reopening today, May 28. COVID testing continues. Telehealth visits and the mobile clinic will continue to be available. Everyone registers via phone and waits in their vehicle until you’re called in for your appointment. Due to a high volume of calls today as we reopen, the phone lines have become clogged. Please be persistent in calling back if needed. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
We do conduct COVID testing at all of our sites, but we prefer that folks with symptoms go to the Rainelle or Maxwelton sites if they want COVID testing. We are requiring everyone to wear a mask. If you don’t have one, we will provide one. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. 

HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Our mobile command post will be set up at the fairgrounds for graduation ceremonies this weekend. It will remain in place there for assistance with community testing next week. Additionally, we are continuing to see a rise in domestic violence calls and ask folks to be vigilant with families and friends who may be experiencing this.  

FAMILY REFUGE CENTER
Our calls/clients are increasing as the pandemic continues. It seems to come in waves. Our crisis number is 304-645-6334. We need to hear directly from those in the domestic situation. On the horizon, we are looking at resuming donation of furniture for families to take with them when they leave and get a fresh start. We will need help with that effort of sanitizing items and helping folks move. If you are able to volunteer, please email Reta at: retag@familyrefugecenter.org.

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. That will continue through the end of June.  

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will include Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, all City National branches, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Drop off canned food items between June 1-26. We ask folks to donate items containing protein such as beans and peanut butter. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

RESOURCE GUIDE
In response to increasing social indicators our task force has been monitoring for the past month, we are publishing a resource guide later today so folks know where to go for help for domestic violence, substance use, mental health services, and more. Please help spread the word. 

 

Updated 5/26/2020 2:25PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 26, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Drive thru testing for the community will be available at the WV State Fairgrounds from 9am-1pm on Monday, June 1. If you have insurance, bring your card as it will be charged (but there is NO copay).. If you do not have insurance, Medicaid will be charged (again, NO copay). A doctor’s order is not required for a test. Any daycare facilities which have not yet been tested can be tested on June 1. As Dr. Clay Marsh says, if 80% of folks wear masks then we will starve the virus. Please wear a mask. Cases are on the rise around us. This will happen as we reopen. Be vigilant about social distancing and handwashing. Apologies, the normal detailed numbers are not available this morning due to scheduling, but there are no new cases as of right now in-county. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Student meal distribution will continue through June 3. After that time, student meals will be available to summer distribution sites for pickup. Graduation ceremonies for Greenbrier West (May 29) & Greenbrier East (May 30) will be live on the radio (103.1), Facebook, Roku TV, and Suddenlink (channel 130) for all to see. We are making plans for the opening of the school year in the fall. On May 26, the Board of Education will hold a meeting for Local School Improvement Councils. Check out the Greenbrier County Schools website for the schedule as to when students at each school can report to pick up any belongings there. 

WVSOM
The PPE order is complete. Mask production has halted due to lack of demand. The Clingman Center is cooking lunch for Wellspring of Rupert this week. 

RCB CLINIC
We plan to reopen this week on May 28. Telehealth visits and the mobile clinic will continue to be available. Everyone registers via phone and waits in their vehicle until you’re called in for your appointment. All staff has been tested prior to reopening. Thus far, all tests returned negative with a few still pending. We will require masks when patients enter our building. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
We are asking folks not to bring their families inside clinics with them unless necessary. All of our facilities are open regular hours. Hillsboro reopens June 1. Most patients are seen via telehealth. Patients who are seen in-person are asked to stay in their cars until their appointment time. Our behaviour health unit is open. You can call 304-647-4747 (option 4) to receive behavioral health assistance Monday-Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-12. Both our dental offices reopened last week for urgent matters. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are beginning to make plans for when we reopen the center, but that remains a distant goal. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. That will continue through the end of June. 

SENIOR GROCERY DELIVERY
For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. This service will end at the end of May. Starting in June, another option will be available.  

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will include Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, City National Bank in Alderson, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Drop off canned food items between June 1-26. We ask folks to donate items containing protein such as beans and peanut butter. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

CHURCHES
The majority of local churches are planning to continue virtual church at least through June, perhaps longer. Some local congregations are relaunching in-person worship but with precautions and limited seating. The church has never closed and continues to find new ways to meet the needs of its communities. 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The stresses of the pandemic are causing enormous pressures on folks. The task force is working to assemble a resource guide so folks know all resources that are still available despite COVID19. We plan to release a first draft this week. Send any available resources you provide to Del. Lavender-Bowe at cjlavenderbowe@gmail.com

 

Updated 5/21/2020 4:52PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 21, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 1,472 tests, 1,430 are negative, 30 are pending, 10 are positive in Greenbrier (9 recovered), and 2 positive in Monroe. Assisted living testing is complete. Drive thru testing for the community will be available at the WV State Fairgrounds from 9am-1pm on Monday, June 1. Any daycare facilities which have not yet been tested can be tested then. As Dr. Clay Marsh says, if 80% of folks wear masks then we will starve the virus. Please wear a mask. Cases are on the rise around us. This will happen as we reopen. Be vigilant about social distancing and handwashing.

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Student meal distribution will continue through June 3. After that time, student meals will be available to summer distribution sites for pickup. Graduation ceremonies for Greenbrier West (May 29) & Greenbrier East (May 30) will be live on the radio (103.1), Facebook, Roku TV, and Suddenlink (channel 130) for all to see. We are making plans for the opening of the school year in the fall. On May 26, the Board of Education will hold a meeting for Local School Improvement Councils. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
Visitors are still not allowed, but we are beginning to revisit those protocols for the future. We continue reopening in a responsible and safe manner with outpatient visits and surgeries. 

RCB CLINIC
We plan to reopen on May 28. Some minor renovations are underway to keep our staff and patients safe when they return in-person. The registration and patient flow process will be different than it was previously. We will require masks when patients enter our building. We’v seen an increase in testing recently. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
We are asking folks not to bring their families inside clinics with them unless necessary. All of our facilities are open regular hours with the exception of Hillsboro (which will reopen in early June). Most patients are seen via telehealth. Patients who are seen in-person are asked to stay in their cars until their appointment time. Our behaviour health unit is open. You can call 304-647-4747 (option 4) to receive behavioral health assistance Monday-Thursday 8-5 and Friday 8-12. Both our dental offices reopened last week for urgent matters. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We are beginning to make plans for when we reopen the center, but that remains a distant goal. We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Thanks to WVSOM students for running 100 miles in 24 hours this weekend to raise funds for our program! They raised over $13,000! Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. That will continue through the end of June. We’re grateful to partners such as Edith’s and Vandalia. 

SENIOR GROCERY DELIVERY
For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. This service will end at the end of May. Starting in June, another option will be available.  

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will be announced soon and will likely include, Rainelle Medical Center, Old Stone Presbyterian, IGA Cornerstone, & Ronceverte Presbyterian. Additional sites to be added. Local 4H groups are assisting as well. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

FARMER’S MARKET
The Courthouse Farmers Market will reopen as a walk around market at the WV State Fairgrounds from 8am-12pm on Saturdays. With many safety precautions in place-- One way in, one way out, social distancing, masked vendors, covered products.  Please shop by sight, not touch. Thanks to all who continue to support “shopping local.”

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The stresses of the pandemic are causing enormous pressures on folks. The task force is working to assemble a resource guide so folks know all resources that are still available despite COVID19. We plan to release a first draft very soon. Send any available resources you provide to Del. Lavender-Bowe at cjlavenderbowe@gmail.com.

 

Updated 5/19/2020 4:20PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 18, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 1,328 tests, 1,292 are negative, 24 are pending, 10 are positive in Greenbrier (9 recovered), and 2 positive in Monroe. Assisted living testing will be completed today. Harm reduction services continue on Tuesdays from 12-4pm in the back parking lot. Please remember to wear a mask and social distance. These are proven ways to stop the spread of the virus. Also, if you see a crowd, take personal responsibility and steer clear of it. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Student meal distribution will continue through June 3. After that time, student meals will be available to summer distribution sites for pickup. Graduation ceremonies for Greenbrier West & Greenbrier East will be live on the radio (103.1), Facebook, Roku TV, and Suddenlink. 

GGLTRC
Our top priority is completing a community needs assessment. We also do have large quantities of paper bags available for first responders who need them to keep PPE for sanitization. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
We continue reopening in a responsible and safe manner with outpatient visits and surgeries. The whole building is color-coded so folks know where it’s safe to be. Green is for unrestricted access. Yellow is for clinical areas where you need to be aware of your surroundings. Red is for an area where there is a positive COVID19 case (though there are NO positive cases now). We are not yet able to allow visitors as a matter of safety. Those who are inside the hospital may request a wipe at any time to sanitize the area where they are sitting. 

RCB CLINIC
We plan to reopen on May 28. Some minor renovations are underway to keep our staff and patients safe when they return in-person. The registration and patient flow process will be different than it was previously. We will require masks when patients enter our building. We’ve seen an increase in testing recently. 

RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER
All of our facilities are open regular hours with the exception of Hillsboro (which will reopen in early June). Most patients are seen via telehealth. Patients who are seen in-person are asked to stay in their cars until their appointment time. Our behaviour health unit is open. You can call 304-647-4747 (option 4) to receive behavioral health assistance. Both our dental offices reopened last week for urgent matters. 

WVU EXTENSION OFFICE
Even without COVID19, this has been one of the toughest springs for farmers just due to weather--rain, frosts, etc. The drive-thru farmer’s market has been successful at the fairgrounds. 150-200 cars visit each Saturday, which allows local farmers to sell their products to local citizens. Corn may be a little later this year due to going in the ground a little later. Crop losses for fruits are expected to be significant across the state due to the frosts, though reports aren’t available just yet. While beef purchases are up 40% this year over last year, beef prices at the market are down 25-30% right now due to bottlenecks at processors. Several loads of hogs were delivered locally for folks to purchase and process. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. We are awaiting guidance on when we can reopen the senior center to the public. 

HOMELAND SECURITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
We are assisting with graduation ceremonies at the state fairgrounds to keep folks safe. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. That will continue through the end of June. Thanks to WVSOM students for running 100 miles in 24 hours this weekend to raise funds for our program! For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. 

CANNED FOOD DRIVE
In order to stock food pantries at Ronceverte, Rainelle, Lewisburg, and Alderson, we are holding canned food drives through the end of June. Dropoff points will be announced soon. Local 4H groups are assisting as well. Please direct any questions to jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  

UNEMPLOYMENT
If you have yet to receive your unemployment benefits, email your name and phone number to Senator Baldwin at stephen.baldwin@wvsenate.gov. He is sending all those cases directly to Workforce WV leadership for action. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue free for students and $5 for adults. Call ahead 304-647-4994 by noon to place your order. 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The stresses of the pandemic are causing enormous pressures on folks. The task force is working to assemble a resource guide so folks know all resources that are still available despite COVID19. We hope to release a first draft later this week. Send any available resources you provide to stephen.baldwin@wvsenate.gov

COURTHOUSE
Today the Greenbrier County Courthouse reopened to the public. There have been lines outfront, so be prepared to wait in line six feet apart from others. License renewal services will NOT be offered in the sheriff’s office as the DMV has yet to reopen. Keep in mind that the DMV has granted a 90-day extension on driver’s licenses, permits, registrations, and inspections through mid-July due to the pandemic. 

 

Updated 5/14/2020 1:45PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 14, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 1,276 tests, 1,233 are negative, 32 are pending, 9 are positive in Greenbrier, and 2 positive in Monroe. Of the 9 positive cases, 8 have recovered. We resumed clinic services this week. Harm reduction services continue on Tuesdays from 12-4pm in the back parking lot. 

FAIRS  & FESTIVALS
Currently we are operating on the guideline that we can’t have gatherings of more than 25 people. Most camps have cancelled for the summer at this point. All fairs/festivals of which the Health Department is aware in May & June have cancelled. Municipalities are not approving events in city limits currently. This is until more guidance is received about the maximum number of people allowed in a gathering. 

VISITATION AT MEDICAL FACILITIES
Visitation is still not allowed to protect patients. This will be the case until state health guidance is changed. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Student meal distribution will continue through June 3. After that time, student meals will be available to summer distribution sites for pickup. 

GGLTRC
Our top priority is completing a community needs assessment. We hope to have that out by the end of next week. We also do have large quantities of paper bags available for first responders who need them to keep PPE for sanitization. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
We continue reopening in a responsible and safe manner with outpatient visits and surgeries. The whole building is color-coded so folks know where it’s safe to be. Green is for unrestricted access. Yellow is for clinical areas where you need to be aware of your surroundings. Red is for an area where there is a positive COVID19 case (though there are NO positive cases now). We are not yet able to allow visitors as a matter of safety. We are also celebrating Nurses Week and Hospital Week to thank all our local heroes! 

RCB CLINIC
We estimate reopening shortly after Memorial Day. Some minor renovations are underway to keep our staff and patients safe when they return in-person. We will require masks when patients enter our building. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. Medical transport continues as well for those we need it. We are awaiting guidance on when we can reopen the senior center to the public. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. At 3pm on Thursdays, we could use volunteers to help with our produce. If interested, email jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.

For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. 

UNEMPLOYMENT
If you have yet to receive your unemployment benefits, email your name and phone number to Senator Baldwin at stephen.baldwin@wvsenate.gov. He is sending all those cases directly to Workforce WV leadership for action. 

P-EBT CARDS
All families with students in Greenbrier County Schools (and all students statewide who receive free meals or attend a school where everyone gets free meals) will receive a one-time food benefit. If you already have a SNAP card, it will be added to  your card by mid-June. If you do not, it will be mailed to you on a card by mid-June. 

THE HUB
Dinners continue. Free for students and $5 for adults. 

SELF-QUARANTINE
On May 21, the requirement for folks from out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days will expire. This is part of Week 4 reopenings. Out of state visitors will be able to travel without quarantining. Hotels, motels, condos, cabins, etc will be asked to monitor travelers. 

SAFE SANCTUARIES
We plan to hold another meeting at the end of the month to discuss how to have safe sanctuaries. 

FAMILY REFUGE CENTER
We are getting lots of calls from third parties about suspected abuse. We need to hear directly from clients in order to help. Please encourage folks to reach out directly. We can help with protective orders, immediate assistance, and more.  Our number is 304-645-6334. 

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The stresses of the pandemic are causing enormous pressures on folks. The task force is working to assemble a resource guide so folks know all resources that are still available despite COVID19.  We hope to release it next week. 

COURTHOUSE
On Monday, May 18, the Greenbrier County Courthouse will reopen to the public. This is the same date the court system will resume in part. License renewal services will NOT be offered in the sheriff’s office as the DMV has yet to reopen. 

 

Updated 5/11/2020 1:03PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 11, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 1,219 tests, 1,157 are negative, 51 are pending, 9 are positive in Greenbrier, and 2 positive in Monroe. Of the 9 positive cases, 8 have recovered.

MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING
Please remember that the Health Department asks everyone to wear a mask when out in public--at a business, church, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. Wearing a mask is a medically-proven way to control the spread of viruses! The best path back to a sense of “normalcy” is to stop the spread of the virus, and we do that with masks, social distancing, and sanitation. If you enter a place where folks are not following these guidelines, you have several options. You can speak to the manager about health department  guidelines. You can also take personal responsibility and remove yourself from an unhealthy situation.

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Student meal distribution will continue through June 3. On Tuesday, May 12, the Greenbrier Board of Education will meet at 1pm via Microsoft Teams. Details are listed on the GCS website. 

GGLTRC
After a board meeting last week, we moved forward in restructuring our systems to meet economic needs in the community. (Typically, we respond to natural disasters, but want to use our case management systems, for example, to help local families.)

WVSOM
The second order of PPE arrived late last week. If you have yet to pick up your order, please do so by today. Questions may be directed to Paula Brown, Greenbrier County Homeland Security Emergency Management. 

GV MEDICAL CENTER
We continue reopening in a responsible and safe manner with outpatient visits and surgeries. This involves sourcing necessary PPE. We are celebrating Nurses Week and Hospital Week to thank all our local heroes!

RCB CLINIC
With input from the Board of Medicine and governor’s office, we are working to reopen safely. It will likely be another few weeks until we begin to transition current procedures. We will require masks when patients enter our building.

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. We are awaiting guidance on when we can reopen the senior center to the public.

HOMELAND SECURITY
The WV National Guard will be at the Children’s Home in Rupert for PPE training on Tuesday, May 12. They will also cover facility sanitization which they will demonstrate. On Wednesday, May 13, they will offer the same opportunity at the WV State Fairgrounds. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. At 3pm on Thursdays, we could use volunteers to help with our produce. If interested, email jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com

For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133.

THE HUB
Dinners continue. Free for students and $5 for adults. Our summer camps are cancelled through June at this point.

SELF-QUARANTINE
If someone comes to WV from a high risk area, they are still asked to self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving. Further details of this issue will be discussed on Thursday.

SAFE SANCTUARIES
Late last Thursday, a group of 25 pastors and church leaders met via phone to discuss how to keep sanctuaries safe--cleaning, masks, singing, congregating, contact points, etc. Generally, the consensus of the group was to start small so we can learn along the way. Most everyone planned to wait for at least a few weeks before beginning to reopen. We are also checking in with food pantries to try and coordinate services. Commissioner Tammy Tincher and Jennifer Mason are aiding with that as well. 

COURTHOUSE
On Monday, May 18, the Greenbrier County Courthouse will reopen to the public. This is the same date the court system will resume in part. Details forthcoming.

 

Updated 5/7/2020 10:15AM

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I hope you and your families are well.  I appreciate all your hard work, cooperation and understanding as we move forward during these challenging times.  I want to update you on a number of important items.

Reopening of the WVSOM Campus:  This is a complex and challenging process.  My administrative staff is putting together a comprehensive reopening plan that will include directives for both employees and students.  We anticipate testing, following safety protocols (mask wearing in public areas, good hygiene and social distancing practices, and not meeting in groups larger than ten at this time, etc.), cleaning of facilities, monitoring, quarantining when necessary and tracking if an outbreak occurs. A detailed reopening plan with directives will be released soon.

Please note that I do not anticipate the campus reopening to employees until June.  Employees who have essential duties or those who cannot work from home will continue to be allowed to work on campus.  Those employees who are able to work from home are encouraged to continue to work from home until further notice as directed by the Governor’s “Safer at Home” order; you may come on campus to obtain office items as needed. Also, some employees may be asked to come onto campus to help get ready for the reopening. GTAs will be allowed on campus only for essential work-related responsibilities. The campus will not be open to students unless approved by Administration.  Leave options are still available for those who are not able to work; please contact your supervisor and HR to discuss if needed.

The Founder’s Gym and O’Café will remain closed, we will notify you when they reopen.  The campus will remain closed to the Public and only employees and approved students are to be on campus.

Travel continues to be restricted, especially for out-of-state travel.  I encourage everyone to continue to use audio and video conferencing to conduct business until further notice. I want to commend the IT and Media Services departments for keeping us connected!

Institutional Strategic Plan:  Just before the coronavirus pandemic started to impact us, the WVSOM BOG passed our new Institutional Strategic Plan at the March board meeting.  I have attached the plan to this message so that everyone will become familiar with the direction the institution will be taking in the coming years.  Dr. Ed Bridges will be reaching out to departments/offices to develop their departmental strategic plan based on the institutional plan.  I look forward to continuing to move the institution forward together!

In closing, I hope you and your families continue to be safe.  It is critical during this reopening phase that we are even more vigilant to practice accepted safety measures so that we can all be as safe as possible.

Take care and be well!

Thank you,

Jim Nemitz, Ph.D.
President

 

Updated 5/7/2020 3:34PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 7, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
Full testing numbers are not available right now. Overall, we do have nine confirmed positive cases in the county. Staff is very busy with ongoing contract tracing work. Please remember that we ask EVERYONE to wear a mask when you’re out in public--at a business, church, grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. This is a medically-proven way to control the spread of viruses! The best path back to a sense of “normalcy” is to stop the spread of the virus, and we do that with masks, social distancing, and sanitation. 

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Student meal distribution will continue through June 3. Beginning June 10, a pickup at designated sites will occur for student meals. In terms of graduation plans, all 2020 graduates received a letter this week with details. The plan was based on listening to students. Our students wanted to 1) keep the scheduled dates and 2) allow the class to experience a graduation celebration. To achieve that, we will hold graduation ceremonies for West and East at the WV State Fair free parking lot. Graduates and families will drive in, walk across the stage to receive their diploma, and be recognized. Their family will be in front inside vehicles to support their students. Then the student and their family will return to their vehicles and the process will continue. Radio  Greenbrier will broadcast the full graduation. Additionally, a second graduation ceremony will be held at each school later in the year when it’s safe to do so. This will be a more traditional ceremony so students also have that traditional experience. Every  graduating senior will receive a phone call from the school to talk about details. On Tuesday, May 12, the Greenbrier Board of Education will meet at 1pm. The public can watch via video. 

GGLTRC
Tonight, our board meets to continue the community needs assessment process. We want to meet the needs of folks in the area in the best way possible. 

WVSOM
The second order of PPE arrived yesterday. Distribution begins this afternoon. We are nearing 1,000 locally made masks! On May 16-17, students are running to raise money for our local senior feeding program and food pantries.  

RCB CLINIC
With input from the Board of Medicine and governor’s office, we are working to reopen safely. It will likely be another 2-3 weeks until we begin to transition current procedures. We will require masks when patients enter our building. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. We are awaiting guidance on when we can reopen the senior center to the public. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
The WV National Guard will be at the Children’s Home in Rupert for PPE training on Tuesday, May 12. They will also cover facility sanitization which they will demonstrate. On Wednesday, May 13, they will offer the same opportunity at the WV State Fairgrounds. 

FEEDING SENIORS
Fresh produce deliveries continue to local food pantries. In total, we are serving 307 families. At 3pm on Thursdays, we could use volunteers to help with our produce. If interested, email jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com.  For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. 

WV SENATE
In light of requests for PPE being denied by the state to local medical and dental offices, I worked with the National Guard to gain access to a limited supply of PPE to be distributed through statewide associations to offices which are reopening. Also, a list of private sources of PPE is available. Please let me know if you need a copy: stephen.baldwin@wvsenate.gov.  In terms of unemployment claims, folks who are self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors, etc are scheduled to start receiving payments tomorrow.  

SAFE SANCTUARIES
This afternoon at 430pm, a group of medical and church professionals will hold a conference call to discuss potential reopenings. To participate, call 1-929-205-6099 and enter ID: 885 1775 8966. 

 

Updated 5/7/2020 1:52PM

OMS4 Students
Don’t forget you have until 5pm Sunday, May 10th to provide optional information to include in the graduation ceremony slideshow, i.e., a personal message/quote (25 word limit), residency location/specialty and your ERAS photo if you do not want us to use your end of second-year professional attire portrait or whitecoat photos taken by WVSOM. See school email for additional information.

Remember to provide WVSOM with a physical address (not a PO Box) where you would like your diploma to be mailed and a phone number where you can be reached in case there are any issues with delivery.   It will need to be signed for, so this should be an address where someone is available to sign for it when it arrives.  Mailing will begin after May 19th.

Also, please remember to fill out the graduation media release form. As we’ve done in previous years, we plan to assemble a press release for each graduating student that will be submitted to the student’s hometown newspaper. The release will announce your graduation from medical school and will include basic biographical information which we ask that you provide to us. If you haven’t already filled out an online graduation release form under the “My WVSOM” section of the school’s website, we ask that you please do so at your earliest opportunity. Please note that you might be asked to enter your login credentials in order to sign in to My WVSOM.

The link to the online form is:  https://my.wvsom.edu/Students/Forms/Graduation/MediaInformation/index.cfm

If you’d prefer we NOT submit a press release to your hometown paper, we still ask that you complete the form. In this case, you should select “NO” for the final question on the form, which reads: “Information may be released to members of the media for the purpose of news about my participation in WVSOM events, activities, honors and awards.”

If you have already completed this form, we thank you, and there is no need to fill it out a second time.

OMS3 Students
Many students will be taking COMSAE Level 2 over the upcoming weeks. Good Luck!
An important reminder to students, if your COMLEX (or Step exams) are cancelled and rescheduled, please notify WVSOM’s National Boards office of the canceled date and rescheduled date as well as cancelled location and new location.  WVSOM’s Office of National Boards is compiling and sharing this data with school administration to keep them up-to-date.  If your date has changed, continued to check the Prometric site as states, and testing centers, reopen.  Keep in mind that Prometric is keeping longer hours during the week and some are even open on Sundays.   If you need/want to check things, both Prometric and NBOME (as does NBME/USMLE) have specific COVID pages on their websites.  WVSOM checks daily, but sometimes the communication to students from the organization comes prior to their websites being updated.  
Prometric: https://www.prometric.com/corona-virus-update
NBOME:  https://www.nbome.org/covid-19/

Be aware that before COVID-19, the NBOME announced that the Level 2 CE exam would change from 400 to 352 questions, starting this June (https://www.nbome.org/news/important-updates-comlex-usa-examination-program/).  This reduction in number would be a loss of non-scoreable (beta-testing) items.  The website section regarding the L2 exam on the NBOME website has not yet been updated with this information. You are encouraged to monitor their website to confirm that this update will occur.  WVSOM will provide updates as additional information becomes available.

OMS2 Students
The Board of Deans of the Osteopathic Colleges met with the President of NBOME on this past Thursday. Friday night each Dean received a letter from NBOME stating that 65% of COMLEX-USA Level 1 and 2-CE appointment dates have remained available. WVSOM did inform NBOME the day prior of the number of our students that have been cancelled or rescheduled. NBOME’s letter stated they have assembled a COM Liaison Team that will reach out to each College starting this week. The team will compare candidate lists and see who needs scheduling. Therefore, you need to continue to notify WVSOM’s Office of National Boards and your SWC Directors or Regional Deans of your testing dates. While we are waiting to be contacted by NBOME feel free to use Prometric’s website to reschedule your appointment  at https://www.prometric.com/. You are also encouraged to look at the schedules frequently. The schedules will change as more testing sites come on line and some restrictions are lifted. Prometric does plan to open additional centers and expand hours, adding Sunday testing and cancelling non-essential service testing. NBOME has assured the osteopathic medical school Deans that COMLEX Level 1 and USMLE are both treated equivalently as essential service tests.

Further information can be found on the NBOME website https://www.nbome.org/uncategorized/information-for-all-other-exam-candidates/ and you can contact NBOME Client services by phone (866.479.6828) from 7am to 7p ET Monday through Friday or by email at clientservices@nbome.org.

The osteopathic medical school Deans did discuss potential alternative delivery options including remote proctoring or having additional temporary testing sites outside of Prometric. WVSOM has offered our school as a potential site. The difficulty is that NBOME must guarantee that the test is valid, reliable, standardized and fair. Is taking the test in a quiet isolated booth at Prometric the same as 20 students spread out in a 200 seat classroom? NBOME has pointed out that they must take into account the security, technology, test driver, variables introduced by different hardware, appearance of images and content, etc. They are continuing to explore these options, but based on feedback from NBOME, we do not believe these options will be available for your class for the COMLEX Level 1 exam. 

NBOME remains hopeful that many of the displaced students will be able to test in June-August.

So how does that affect your start of rotations? First, you are aware of the requirement that you must take COMLEX to start rotations. We will be requesting at the June meeting of WVSOM’s Board of Governors to be allowed the discretion to waive that requirement for your class.  

Anyone fortunate enough to have test dates in May or June should stick to your original test schedule.

If you are scheduled in July for your COMLEX Level 1 exam, we would suggest not starting rotations, but using your vacation month in July to continue to study until the test is completed.

If your exam is scheduled for August you would be able to do a rotation or part of one in July and use vacation time to study in August before your test.  

Although your required CORE rotations are a minimum of 4 weeks, many of your electives or Dean Selectives can be broken into 2 week intervals giving you some flexibility on starting a rotation as soon as you test. To be transparent, there are not enough CORE rotation sites in most the regions to move everyone’s vacation, electives and Dean Selectives forward to the start of the year. Also not all the rotation sites have yet reopened although we hope most will be open by July. This is why it is important to keep your SWC Directors and Regional Deans aware of your testing schedule. If you are scheduled outside of May or June, please keep looking at the Prometric sites to see if you can get an earlier date.

At this time, we plan to keep your SWC orientation as scheduled. If you have a testing date during orientation let your SWC Director and Regional Dean know and we will try to work around your schedule. Realize at the moment we still have a mandatory two week quarantine period for anyone coming from another state.

This is extremely stressful times for all of us and we need to keep moving forward the best we can with the limitations thrust upon us. Our goal remains keeping you on track for graduation in two years.

OMS1 Students
Due to the current conditions of teaching/learning virtually, the Curriculum Committee is looking to capture feedback from all students on the virtual environment.  Therefore, the course evaluations for the last two courses (Endo and Repro) will be required for all students.  Only the group originally assigned to complete the evaluations will be required to do the faculty evaluations as well.

Endo course evaluation(s) should open Friday, May 8th.  The Repro course evaluation(s) will not open until approximately May 22nd.  Notify the Office of Assessment and Educational Development as instructed in your school email if you do not receive a course evaluation to complete for both courses or if you were in the original group to complete these evaluations and do not receive the course AND faculty evaluations. Additional details (e.g. deadline) will come via a separate email. Contact the Office of Assessment and Education Development if you have any questions.

WVSOM Employees – Feed More in 24 Fundraiser
With the onset of COVID-19, the local food bank and senior food distribution programs in Lewisburg, WV, have recently run extremely low on funds. As a result, they have had to severely limit local food distribution to those in need. WVSOM has organized a fundraising event whereby students, faculty, staff, and alumni will be given the opportunity to individually run as many miles as they can in 24 hours in an effort to raise money for local food programs. A 3rd year student participating in the event is seeking sponsorships at any level from employees at a donation per mile rate. Sponsors may also indicate a cap/maximum amount or give a flat donation. All (100%) of the funds raised will be given to local programs that in turn will distribute food to those who are hit the hardest by this pandemic. The WVSOM Foundation has graciously offered to DOUBLE the amount of money raised, up to $5,000, to the food charity of choice of the runner who is able to run the most miles.

The event is scheduled from noon on Saturday, May 16th, through noon on Sunday, May 17th with running a 2.5 mile loops around Lewisburg.  Please refer to the email from Belinda Evans for additional information if you would like to participate. Thank you!

 

Updated 5/5/2020 9:16AM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

MAY 4, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 1,121 tests in Greenbrier County, 1,098 are negative, 13 are pending, 8 are positives in Greenbrier, and 2 are positives in Monroe. None of the four new positives were symptomatic. Contact tracing is underway now on all the new cases. Please remember that we ask EVERYONE to wear a mask when you’re out in public. Daycare employee testing is underway currently.

GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS
A graduation plan is being communicated to students, families, and the communities mid-week. Students were part of the task force that made a decision about what is the best course of action.

GGLTRC
We finished a home on Friday for a 2016 flood family, which was a wonderful celebration!
Many thanks to the churches, nonprofits, and other community organizations that contacted us and indicated a willingness to join our Unmet Needs subcommittee. We are still seeking new members. More information will be provided to all who have volunteered their services. If your organization can help, please email Kayla M. McCoy at coordinator@ggltrc.org

WVSOM
Our second delivery of PPE is being shipped today. We made a video on our mask-making process which will be shown on social media and potentially by the governor’s office this week. A student is raising funds to donate to the senior feeding program. He will run as many miles as he can in 24 hours. Check our WVSOM social media for more info. The school will also match up to $5,000 for funds he raises.

GVMC
Some elective surgeries are restarting today. Visitors are still not allowed inside the hospital. If your family member is having an elective surgery, hospital staff will keep you as updated as much as possible.

RCB CLINIC
With input from the Board of Medicine and governor’s office, we are working to reopen safely. This will involve changes to the way things have been done in the past, and this will be communicated soon. Additionally, we are doing some of the daycare testing for local centers. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. We are awaiting guidance on when we can reopen the senior center to the public.

FAMILY REFUGE CENTER
Domestic violence calls are up at our facility and at the 911 Center. Call 304-645-6334 for assistance. Our advocates are continuing to work.

FEEDING SENIORS
Thank you to WVSOM! They’ve supported this program with volunteers, the hotline, and fundraising. Last week, we delivered fresh produce to 252 families via local food pantries. We hope to continue that in greater numbers in the coming weeks. At 3pm on Thursdays, we could use volunteers to help with our produce. If interested, email jennifer.mason@dinsmore.com. For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133.

SENECA HEALTH
Crisis calls and commitments are increasing right now. If you know anyone who needs support right now, they can call 304-497-0500 during business hours  or 911 after hours. Calls are free and services are provided on a sliding scale.

PPE & CLEANING SUPPLIES
For businesses who are reopening, if you do not have PPE & cleaning supplies then it is probably not a good idea to reopen. These items are still in short supply. To be clear, PPE is not mandated or required by the governor’s order. But as a good rule of thumb, health experts suggest businesses shouldn’t open if they don’t have the proper equipment.

SUMMER CAMPS
Folks are beginning to ask about whether summer camps will occur this year. The Health Department reminds folks that WVU is cancelling all camps through June. Also, they remind folks that the governor’s guidance is that no groups of 25 or more should occur. 

SMALL BUSINESS MEETING
Senator Baldwin will convene a second small business meeting this Wednesday at 12pm with members of this task force as well as Workforce WV and the Governor’s office. All small businesses are welcome to join the call.

 

Updated 5/1/2020 10:16AM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

APRIL 30, 2020 UPDATE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 482 tests in Greenbrier County, 458 are negative, 18 are pending, and 4 positives. All 4 positive cases recovered. (The remaining two tests of the total number were positives for other counties.) Nursing home testing continues. Most results are back and included in the above numbers. (All are negative so far.) Daycare centers will likely be the next area of testing. We continue to work with medical providers to gain access to PPE, as it’s still scarce.

GGLTRC
Many thanks to the churches, nonprofits, and other community organizations that contacted us after Friday’s call and indicated a willingness to join our Unmet Needs subcommittee. We are still seeking new members. More information will be provided to all who have volunteered their services. If your organization can help, please email Kayla M. McCoy at coordinator@ggltrc.org 

GVMC
We have scheduled a soft opening for some elective surgeries on May 4. Patients will be contacted and screened prior to their scheduled procedures. Outpatient visits are also resuming on a limited basis. Visitation is still limited inside the building. All staff and patients are to wear masks. Lastly, we can do in-house COVID19 testing when needed.

RCB CLINIC
With input from the Board of Medicine and governor’s office, we are working to reopen safely. This will involve changes to the way things have been done in the past, and this will be communicated soon.

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. We are awaiting guidance on when we can reopen the senior center to the public.

HOMELAND SECURITY
Our top priority is getting necessary PPE and then distributing it to first responders who need it. Decontamination options exist which are proven to be effective and we encourage their use. Please mark your mask with your name and agency, and you will get the same one back. Each mask can be decontaminated 20 times. Also, we attended a PPE training by the National Guard. We can offer that training to others locally as needed.

FEEDING SENIORS
For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. Today, we begin purchase & pickup of excess crops from local farmers and delivering them to food pantries. 

REOPENING GUIDELINES
Here are some helpful hints from the Health Department. Wear a face covering of some sort when you go out. A cloth mask, bandana, scarf, or surgical mask will all work just fine. Prepare yourself for limits inside retail spaces. We all need to take actions in the interest of the most vulnerable. 

CHURCH REOPENINGS
The churches who belong to the task force urge caution in reopening. Please be thoughtful about congregational singing, touch points like bulletins and the offering plate, wear masks, and practice social distancing. Many churches are choosing to stay closed for at least a few more Sundays just to be safe while they continue to offer online worship.

COST OF COVID19 TESTING? 
Several folks asked about the cost of COVID19 testing. Those who are tested and have insurance will have their insurance billed. They will not have any out of pocket costs as outlined in the CARES Act. Those who are tested and do not have insurance will have WV Medicaid billed. They will not have any out of pocket costs either.

WV SENATE
Expect a revised “Stay at Home” order from the Governor today, which will become a “Safer at Home” guideline. It will include further details about the plan to reopen businesses safely.

SMALL BUSINESS MEETING
A second small business meeting will occur next week with members of this task force as well as Workforce WV and the Governor’s office. Stay tuned for a date/time from Senator Baldwin.

 

Updated 4/30/2020 2:54PM

OMS1 Students

  • Congrats on completing the Endo course and starting your last course of the year! During the Repro course you will have access to a 3D anatomy experience containing modules that focus on the different structures you will encounter, including osteology, vasculature, nerves, organs and even some practice quizzes made especially for you, focusing on the lab material. Refer to school emails for additional information on the course.
  • The End of Year Exam is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Friday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m.
  • The OPP 1 Final Written exam has been moved to 1:00 pm on Monday May 4. The exam review has been cancelled.  Please contact the Course Director with any questions/concerns regarding the exam.
  • Clinical Science GTAs are available for 30-minute conference calls. Check your email for a one drive link to the Clinical Science GTA Office Hours Sign-up sheet and additional details.
  • Be sure to carefully read the email from Monday April 27 regarding the CS1 Head to Toe Checkouts.
  • Reminder that End of Year Refection’s are due Tuesday, May 5th. Remember to go to your dashboard in eMedley and select ECE 696, Reflection 5 to enter your reflection. This window will open Friday morning.

OMS2 Students

  • A reminder that your TB GOLD tests are due TODAY, April 30th. Student TB Gold lab results will be sent to your Statewide Campus sites and the Office of Predoctoral Clinical Education starting May 1st.  If you have not completed your testing yet, please make arrangements to do so immediately.
  • Congratulations on completion of your COMSAE!  The Director of ONBEC will follow-up with students on exam scores. Additional new questions have been released by ONBEC for you to practice or to utilize during the prep track.  These questions can be used as 200 question assessments or multiple 50 question assessments.  You can review your performance, see how you compared to peers, and receive a 3-digit score that mimics NBOME scoring. 

OMS2 & OMS3 Students

  • See the Monday, April 27th email from WVSOM’s Director of ONBEC for the latest information regarding national board exams and Prometric rescheduling. Students with further questions or who did not receive notifications as indicated can follow-up with NBOME’s Client Services. Please contact WVSOM’s Office of National Boards by email if your exam is cancelled and rescheduled to let us know that you’ve been cancelled and where the test was supposed to take place.  If your board exam is rescheduled, please include that in your email as well.  
  • The Society of Hospital Medicine - West Virginia Chapter is holding its first-ever virtual RIV poster competition/ COVID-19 related educational session via Go-To Webinar on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 6:30-8:15 PM EST.  The poster competition is open to students. Abstracts and posters (PowerPoint or PDF format) will be submitted and judged prior to the event date and winners will be announced virtually during the meeting on June 9th.  The overall winner will receive automatic abstract acceptance to Hospital Medicine 2021 in Las Vegas, NV. They will also receive free conference registration and a $1500 travel grant to attend the national conference. The second-place winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card and the third-place winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card. Contact WVSOM’s Office for Research and Sponsored Programs for addition information.

Update from the Office of Human Resources
WV STRONG – THE COMEBACK 

On Monday, April 27th, Governor Jim Justice outlined his plan to reopen West Virginia in phases over the next six weeks if the rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the state remains low.  Updated information on the Governor’s plan can be found here: https://governor.wv.gov/Pages/The-Comeback.aspx  

The Governor’s plan required three consecutive days maintaining statewide cumulative percentage of Positive Test Results to be below 3% before entities have the option to reopen under specific guidelines.  The Governor also stated that any opening would be announced at least one week prior and guidelines for each business sector will be released in advance.  Any plan for reopening could be modified at any time and updates from the Governor continue to be posted to the coronavirus.wv.gov and governor.wv.gov sites.  The Governor announced yesterday, that West Virginia had achieved the three consecutive days of Positive Test Results and could begin reopening.   

During this time, the Governor stated that West Virginians should continue to practice physical distancing, wear face coverings in public where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, follow statewide Stay at Home Order until lifted, follow all county Health Department regulations, and telework when possible.  

WVSOM administration is actively assessing options and planning for the eventual safe and prudent reopening and return to campus for all employees.  WVSOM’s reopening plan will be shared in the near future.  Much like the Governor’s plan for reopening, we will be sure to notify employees prior to the implementation of our reopening. 

VIDEO CONFERENCING
As we all become more proficient with WebX , Go-To-Meetings, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other video conferencing platforms, you may be wondering how you can effectively use video conferencing to stay in touch with your family and friends.

For personal use, employees should set up a personal account with your preferred video conferencing platform.  Zoom is not currently one of WVSOM’s preferred conferencing sites for work related video conferencing however it may meet your personal needs.  

 

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT  
Out of 482 tests in Greenbrier County, 458 are negative, 18 are pending, and 4 positives. All 4 positive cases recovered. (The remaining two tests of the total number were positives for other counties.) Nursing home testing continues. Some results are back and included in the above numbers. (All are negative so far.) We are awaiting state guidance on where the next testing surge will be. We continue to work with medical providers to gain access to PPE, as it’s still scarce. Tomorrow, April 28, normal harm reduction services will not be offered due to a supply issue. 

SCHOOLS
The Graduation Task Force, including three students from each high school, is meeting today. Each school will develop their own plan. Stay tuned for details. On Wednesday, student meal distributions will continue. That will proceed through June 30 and then summer feedings programs will begin.  

GGLTRC
Many thanks to the churches, nonprofits, and other community organizations that contacted us after Friday’s call and indicated a willingness to join our Unmet Needs subcommittee. We are still seeking new members. More information will be provided by the end of the week to all who have volunteered their services. If your organization can help, please email Kayla M. McCoy at coordinator@ggltrc.org

WVSOM 
The Center for Rural & Community Health continues to work with WVSOM students, Health Dept, and Greenbrier County Schools on mask assembly. We have delivered 729 to the Health Dept, with another 100 hundred or so in process. We also have about 20 face shields assembled and will focus efforts on those for the time being.

GVMC
We were approved by WVDHHR to resume performing a limited number of elective surgeries on May 4. Patients will be contacted and screened prior to their scheduled procedures. 

RCB CLINIC
We are working on our plan to safely reopen when the appropriate time comes. Patient care continues via telehealth and other means for now. 

COMMITTEE ON AGING
We continue to provide in-home services, Meals on Wheels, and meals to go for our senior citizens. 

FEEDING SENIORS
For grocery delivery, senior citizens or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. Another project we are working on is potentially purchasing excess crops from local farmers for distribution at local food pantries. 

DRIVE THRU FARMER'S MARKET
At the State Fair on Saturday, over 150 people came to the drive thru farmer’s market to buy local produce. Many thanks to our farmers, the Health Department, the county, the WV State Fair, and the public for making this a success. It will continue this coming Saturday from 8am-12pm in the free parking lot. 

TASK FORCE MEETINGS
Beginning this week, the Task Force will move to two meetings per week (Monday & Thursday at 11am). Summaries will continue to be released after each meeting. Task Force subgroups will also begin meeting more frequently and plan to report their work regularly as well. 

 

Updated 4/23/2020 1:02PM

WVSOM Community

  • The 2020 Graduation Ceremony has been cancelled. Stay tuned for future announcements regarding the Virtual Graduation Ceremony in May!
  • Join us for the 2020 Spring Awards Ceremony to be held virtually at 3pm, April 30th!

OMS4 Students

  • Notify the WVSOM Bookstore by May 8th if you would like to keep your academic regalia or receive a refund
  • A reminder to submit your application for the Roland P Sharp Graduate Award no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 27th

OMS1 Students
Booster vaccine and repeat titer documentation is overdue. Send in your documentation to the CEC ASAP if you have not already done so. Refer to the email from the CEC if you have questions about getting booster vaccines or repeat titers.

 

Updated 4/23/2020 9:07AM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

APRIL 22, 2020 Update

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Today, Health Department staff is testing nursing home residents and staff for COVID19 and therefore unable to join the task force meeting. Further information will be available at our next meeting. 

SCHOOLS
As per the governor’s decision, school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year. Meals for students will continue through the end of the school calendar. Distance learning curriculum will continue for students. The Graduation Task Force met earlier this week to discuss proposals. It will meet again next week and hopes to make a public announcement about plans on May 1.

WVSOM
We received our first shipment of PPE! It was mostly surgical masks and face shields, so those will be delivered to folks who ordered them today. The next portion of the order is scheduled to arrive Friday. Also, the Center for Rural & Community Health will continue operating the senior citizen hotline. That number is 304-793-6583. In addition, we are looking at COVID19 grant opportunities for the community and are happy to help with applications if needed for local partner organizations. Lastly, the Health Department did fit-testing this week in the event that our locally-made 3D printed masks are needed. Those fittings will continue. 

TELEHEALTH GRANT
As a community, we plan to submit a joint telehealth grant in the near future. All interested parties should contact Commissioner Tammy Tincher. 

RCB CLINIC
We have returned to 100% staffing capacity to meet the needs of patients. This week, COVID19 testing continues and is increasing a bit over last week. 

SENECA HEALTH
All crisis, medical, and therapy services continue in operation. We are offering resilience training for agencies and their employees who seek coping skills for managing stress. For more info, contact Rebecca Stone (MA, Licensed Psychologist) at 304-872-2659. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
On Monday, April 27, the National Guard is hosting a training at 10am on Monday regarding how to wear/use/dispose masks, gloves, and other PPE in a sanitary way.  It will be held in person at the armory (by the airport). An RSVP is required by contacting Mike Honaker at 304-645-5444 or mike.honaker@greenbriercountyema.net. It’s a “train the trainer” event so they will practice social distancing and ask folks to come and learn so they can train others virtually or in person. 

FEEDING SENIORS
This week, we deliver hot dinners on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. April 24 will be the final day. Then we will transition to grocery delivery for seniors until the stay at home order is lifted. For grocery delivery, seniors or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133.

SMALL BUSINESS MEETING
On Thursday, April 23, the Task Force will convene a subcommittee phone meeting at 8:30am to discuss small business in the region. To participate, call 1-646-558-8656 & enter meeting ID: 359-693-6670#. Partners on the call include the Greenbrier County Health Department, Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, Greenbrier CVB, Greenbrier Economic Development Corporation, local governmental officials, and small businesses. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how we can plan locally for the physical and economic health of the region as the pandemic evolves. We envision this as a first step in what will likely be a long-term process. 

THE HUB
Hot dinners continue! Free for students. $5 for adults. Order some for your family, or order some for folks in need! Call by noon to place an order: 304-647-4994. We are also offering a new virtual tutoring program open to any students from kindergarten to college! Email katie@highrocks.org to signup for a tutor or to volunteer to be a tutor. Also, we are planning to have our normal summer camp if at all possible. A final decision will be made by May 15. 

TASK FORCE MEETINGS
Beginning next week, April 27, the Task Force will move to two meetings per week (Monday & Thursday at 11am). Summaries will continue to be released after each meeting. Task Force subgroups will also begin meeting more frequently and plan to report their work regularly as well.

 

Updated 4/20/2020 1:49PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

APRIL 20, 2020 Update

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 316 total tests in Greenbrier County, 308 are negative, 4 are confirmed positive, and 2 are pending. We are facilitating testing in all skilled nursing facilities. All residents and staff will be tested. That alone accounts for an additional 800 tests in the county. Once we receive testing supplies, we will be able to begin that work tomorrow, April 21. It’s likely that these tests will lead to significant numbers of additional positive tests. In terms of a potential “reopening,” that is a decision made by the executive branch of government rather than us locally. Based on the guidelines they’ve given so far, it will probably be at least two weeks before any phased “reopening” can begin to occur for the safety of the public. Dr. Clay Marsh says we need to see a decline in positive tests for at least 8-14 days first. 

SCHOOLS
A graduation task force is meeting today, April 20, to discuss options for our seniors who are graduating. Students, teachers, and administrators will be involved in that process as it unfolds. Student meal distribution continues Wednesday as normal. 

HOSPITAL
We continue to test for COVID19 for those who need it and stand ready to care for patients if there are additional cases. Moving forward, we are making plans to transition safely back towards normal operations when the time is right. Vital surgeries continue for patients at the hospital. 

RCB CLINIC
Our emergency management team began meeting two months ago to plan for this pandemic. Certainly, we will continue to transition through this process as a community. COVID19 testing continues with quicker turnaround times. We continue to see patients via our mobile clinic and telehealth. 

FEEDING SENIORS
This week, we deliver hot dinners on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. April 24 will be the final day. Then we will transition to grocery delivery for seniors until the stay at home order is lifted. For grocery delivery, seniors or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133.

SAVE SMALL BUSINESS FUND
The US Chamber of Commerce is offering a small business grant beginning today, April 20. It is capped at $5,000 for businesses who employ less than 30 people throughout our region (since we’re all affected by COVID19 and are in an economically vulnerable area). Visit www.savesmallbusiness.com to apply or learn more.

LONG-TERM RECOVERY
Our board meets this Wednesday evening. As we transition out of leading meal distribution, we will formulate a plan to be helpful in other ways (likely economic resiliency). 

UNEMPLOYMENT
For questions about your unemployment claim, please call 1-800-252-JOBS. Please do not call the local offices, as they are very busy trying to process claims. They hope to finish the entire backlog this week and begin processing self-employed claims by late this week. 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION
Congress is primed to add additional funds to the Paycheck Protection Program this week, perhaps as soon as today. Please ensure your application is submitted via your bank. 

SMALL BUSINESS
Later this week, Task Force leadership will facilitate a phone meeting with local small businesses to address options, concerns, and plans moving forward. We are all deeply concerned with the health and economic resiliency of our community, and we know we must work together. Details TBA. 

THE HUB
Hot dinners continue! Free for students. $5 for adults. Order some for your family, or order some for folks in need! Call by noon to place an order: 304-647-4994.

 

Updated 4/17/2020 2:40PM

OMS4 Students 

Dear Members of the Class of 2020, 

Congratulations! I am so proud of you and your accomplishments! Graduating from medical school is truly an amazing achievement! And so is your success in the residency match! A lot to be proud of and to celebrate! 

That is the reason why I am reaching out to you today. We are living in unprecedented times to say the least. I hope you and your families are well and safe as we suffer through this pandemic. Unfortunately this public health care crisis has impacted many aspects of our lives including your upcoming graduation from medical school. I have been giving a lot of thought about your graduation and I wanted to share my thoughts and some information with you. 

I have met with your class leadership to discuss options, brainstorm ideas and answer questions about graduation. You have excellent class leaders and they made me aware of the concerns that you have which I will try to address in this message. They also initiated the survey that was sent out last week which was helpful to me. Not sure if you received the results of the survey; 170 students voted, 63% of the class voted to wait to cancel the event and 37% wanted to cancel now. 

First, are we going to have a graduation ceremony in Lewisburg on May 30th? I have not made that decision yet, but I need to make that decision soon, not only for you, but for everyone else who is involved with your graduation. Unfortunately, I think there may be too many challenges to allow us to have our graduation ceremony this year. The biggest obstacle is currently the state of West Virginia is on a Stay at Home directive by the Governor and we are not allowed to have large group gatherings. While I anticipate the Stay at Home directive being gradually lifted in West Virginia, I do not believe that the Governor will allow large group gatherings in May. The other concern is the Governor has directed that everyone who enters West Virginia from another state that is considered a hot spot must quarantine themselves for fourteen days. While no one is sure, what will happen in May, there is a lot of concern in the community regarding the spread of the coronavirus from other areas since the majority of cases in Greenbrier County have been travel related. I would also note that the majority, if not all, higher education institutions in West Virginia and other Osteopathic colleges have either cancelled or postponed their graduation ceremonies due to these concerns. 

Second, if we don’t have a graduation ceremony on May 30th, what can we do instead? My staff and I have been brainstorming ideas and we very much want input from you. Some of the ideas I am considering include: having a virtual ceremony and allowing members of the Class of 2020 to participate in the 2021 Graduation ceremony. While the idea of postponing your Graduation ceremony is attractive, unfortunately I do not think it is realistic in light of the fact that you have to report to your residency and will most likely not be able to get the time off. I think there is a lot we can do regarding a virtual ceremony. Since many schools have graduation earlier than WVSOM, we are researching what they are doing so we can create something that is special for you! 

Third, if we don’t have a graduation ceremony, what happens to the funds that are collected for graduation? Your class leadership made me aware of your questions regarding cap and gown refunds, the Graduation fee charged by WVSOM and your class funds if your graduation ceremony is cancelled. I have looked into this and wanted to share the following information: 

Cap and Gown expense: Fortunately, if the ceremony is cancelled, WVSOM will be able to reimburse you the full amount of $180.00 as long as we make a decision by the end of next week. You can also choose to keep your cap and gown. More information regarding these options will be provided if your graduation ceremony is cancelled. 

Graduation Fee: The modest graduation fee WVSOM charges is to cover the cost of your diploma. We therefore will not be reimbursing this fee since we will mail your diploma to you if your graduation ceremony is cancelled. 

Class Funds: Your class has funds remaining in your class account, these funds are typically used for a class banquet during graduation week. If the ceremony is cancelled, we will need your input on how to spend these funds. Since these funds are state dollars, there are restrictions on how they can be used. I am exploring what is possible and will get back to you on what your options are. 

You may be wondering what is required to graduate from WVSOM. The actions that must happen in order for you to graduate are found in Institutional policy E-27. Basically what needs to happen are: 

  • You need to have satisfactorily discharged all financial obligations to the school. 
  • You need to complete all graduation requirements. 
  • You need to participate in all exit interviews and complete all required surveys. 
  • The Faculty need to approve all eligible students for graduation. 
  • The WVSOM Board of Governors need to approve all eligible students for graduation. 
  • The diploma is awarded to the graduate by WVSOM. 

Regarding the graduation ceremony, which is found in Institutional policy E-27, all students are required to participate in the graduation ceremony, but under extenuating circumstances the Academic Dean has the authority to excuse a student from participation in the ceremony. In the event that the graduation ceremony is cancelled, the Dean would excuse the entire class from participation. 

I hope this information is helpful to you. I need to make a decision about the graduation ceremony by the end of next week. I would be glad to set up a video conference to get input from you regarding your graduation, brainstorm ideas and answer questions. I will work with your class president to set up a time to do that in the coming week prior to my decision. 

In closing, I want you to know that I wish I didn’t have to write this message to you. It truly pains me to contemplate cancelling your graduation ceremony this year. I would encourage you to think of ways you can celebrate your achievements with your family and friends. While it would be a huge loss to not have the graduation ceremony, it does not diminish your achievements or the opportunity for you to celebrate with those who you love. 

Again Congratulations! I am so very proud of you! 

Take care and be safe! 

Sincerely, 

James W. Nemitz, Ph.D. 
President 

 

OMS2 Students 

Hello Class of 2022! 

I know many of you have several questions about the transition to year 3. 

I am genuinely sorry for you having to navigate medical school and Boards during these really stressful and uncertain times. Although the light seems dim now, you will get through this and you will achieve your goal of becoming an osteopathic physician. 

In regards to timing of COMLEX Level 1, the best advice I can give you is to push forward as if you are taking the exam in late May or early June. I know there is great uncertainty with regards to NBOME and Prometric, but we have no control over that. We just have to be hopeful that testing sites become available. 

If the Prometric/NBOME delay goes deeper into June or July, we do have several contingency plans in place. We have the ability (if needed) to start rotations with either vacation or online electives to create space to take the exam. We can address this more specifically with you when we see a more exact timeline. 

The next two to three weeks are going to give us more answers. If the states slowly start to reopen, I believe that you will take your COMLEX in June and we will be able to proceed with your rotations as scheduled. 

Not to splash more cold water on you, but I do think that it is important that you are aware of the situation with healthcare in the US. The hospital systems have taken a severe shock. Most have suspended all of their non-urgent surgeries and admissions. Many physicians are operating at less than half of their usual volumes and some are utilizing telehealth over office visits. 

Some regions have been affected much more than others, and even if you have taken COMLEX, you may not have immediate access to full clinical rotations. It may take several months to “normalize” physician practices. 

I say this only so that you have an open mind that the transition back into rotations will have some bumps in the road. Be flexible and open minded and it will work out. Your Regional Deans and Directors are extremely experienced and are working now to plan for your successful third year. 

My suggestions: 

  1. Keep studying for your June target date. Stay laser focused and block out the distractions. 
  2. If you have relocated to a heavily affected area such as the Northeast, the West Coast, or South Florida, consider returning to WV for at least 2 weeks prior to your Board exam dates. It is more likely Prometric opens in WV than NY or NJ, so consider a 2 week self-quarantine in WV if at all possible. 
  3. Try and stay as open minded as possible. We are working on several contingency plans based upon alternate dates. There will be no perfect plan and we will have unpredictable challenges. Accept them with a positive attitude. 

This is all I know. We have no additional information on NBOME at this time. 

I know that you probably still have many questions, but any answers hinge completely on NBOME and Prometric, so be patient, hold your questions for now, and either Dr. Russ, Dr. Carrier, or myself will get back to you soon with any further updates. 

Dr. Pepper 

 

HR Announcements 

As we all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to make sure you are taking care of yourself and others! 

Here are a few tips to consider as we all work to stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit: 

  • Take care of you – Remember to take care of your basic needs including getting enough sleep, eating nourishing foods, and getting some movement in your day. Get outside and take a walk in nature. Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate. 
  • Check in with each other and engage in new ways – While we are all practicing social distancing, find creative ways to stay connected with your friends and loved ones through FaceTime, phone calls, and online games (Words with Friends with your grandma, anyone?). Be sure to talk with someone about any worries that you may have. 
  • Make time for things you enjoy – Reflect on the activities that refuel and ground you during times of stress such as art, music, and other hobbies. 
  • Take breaks from the news – It is hard sometimes to maintain a balance between being informed and hyper-focusing on events. It is okay to take a break from social media and news coverage to focus on yourself and family during this stressful time. 
  • Know the five signs of distress – The five signs of emotional distress include personality changes, agitation, social isolation, poor self-care, and hopelessness. If you or somebody you know are experiencing these five signs, reach out and get support. 

Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line. Professionally trained, mental health staff are there to support people who may be suffering from fear or stress created by COVID-19. Optum’s Emotional-Support Help Line number is 866-342-6892 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free of charge and available to anyone so you can share it with family and friends. 

Other resources available to the entire WVSOM community include: 

  • Seneca Health Services (304) 497-0500 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1 (800) 273-8255
  • WV State Crisis Line 1-844-Help4WV and www.help4wv.com 
  • Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741 

Alternate Work from Home Assignments 
See recent email from HR regarding work from home assignments. If you have ideas for work from home duties that you would like to share with us please send them to hr@osteo.wvsom.edu. Employees are reminded to work directly with their supervisor to determine which tasks they should complete. 

If we can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us!

 

Updated 4/16/2020 2:35PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

APRIL 15, 2020 Update

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 290 total tests in Greenbrier, 258 are negative, 4 are confirmed positive, 27 are pending, and 1 was a confirmed positive for a Monroe County resident. The demand for tests is decreasing, the availability for test kits is increasing, and this all means that our social distancing efforts are working. Additionally, every two weeks, the National Guard truck which can sanitize masks using hydrogen peroxide vapors will visit our county. Save all N95 masks, surgical masks, eyeshield goggles, surgical gowns, Tyvek suits, and face shields so they can be sanitized when the truck arrives. Please place these items in brown paper bags or boxes for delivery to the Health Department for sanitization. 3D printed masks made locally are available and being utilized in the county. 

SCHOOLS
Student meal delivery is occurring today, Wednesday, April 15. The Board of Education met virtually yesterday. Graduation was discussed. It is still planned to proceed as normal for now. A virtual graduation is an option, but only as a last resort. Other options are being explored.

LONG TERM RECOVERY
2,595 students are receiving meals on Wednesday across the county. County school employees are running the operation. GGLTRC is transitioning out of leading volunteers and will assist the recovery effort in other ways moving forward. 

WVSOM
Good news on our PPE order! A portion was shipped yesterday and more will ship Friday. We did have to make some changes due to availability but hope to still be able to meet everyone’s needs. Local mask production continues several days per week. Over 400 masks are now in the hands of the Health Department and first responders.

HOSPITAL
We are partnering with Greenbrier County Schools on an art project for students to show their gratitude to local medical personnel who are caring for us. We thank the restaurants and grocers who are providing us food for our staff! 

RCB CLINIC
Patient volumes are increasing at the clinic and via telehealth. COVID19 testing remains steady also.

GVEDC
If you are a small business looking to access EIDL or PPP funds, the guidelines are changing. We recommend that you first contact your bank to help you work through details. If questions remain, please call us at 304-497-4300. Overall, 5,211 PPP applications have been approved in WV, totaling $1.025 billion.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Over $115,000 in donations has been received so far for the COVID19 Relief Fund. Over $50,000 in grants have already been distributed. Applications continue to be received for remaining funds. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
Thanks to everyone producing masks locally using 3D printers! That’s a wonderful blessing for our first responders. Moving forward, PPE ordering and distribution will go through our office. In addition to the National Guard’s decontamination tractor trailer, White Sulphur EMS developed a similar system locally others are welcome to use. In the future, all shelf-stable meals must be ordered through our office. Lastly, there are no quarantined first responders locally, so we are at full strength.  

FEEDING SENIORS
The hot meal delivery service for seniors will end on April 24. After that, we will switch to grocery delivery on Thursdays. Seniors or their designees need to call Cornerstone IGA on Wednesdays from 9-11am to place their order and provide payment using a credit/debit card or SNAP card. The number is 304-645-3133. Deliveries will be made on Thursdays. All the details will be relayed to seniors in the program this week with their hot meal delivery. (We’re also searching for options for seniors who need grocery delivery but cannot pay for it.)

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATIONS
Every voter will receive an absentee ballot application. The state sent those via mail. If you want an absentee ballot, you must fill it out and send it back to the county clerk’s office. It’s printed as a postcard and does contain your personal information. We recommend you put it in an envelope and return it just to be safe.

STIMULUS PAYMENTS
To check the status of your personal stimulus payment, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

 

Updated 4/13/2020 3:50PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

April 13, 2020 Update

Individuals that did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019 can still be eligible for the IRS stimulus payments. Visit  www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here to get more information and enter your information if necessary.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
Out of 260 total tests in Greenbrier, 246 are negative, 4 are confirmed positive, 9 are pending, and 1 was a confirmed positive for a Monroe County resident. FYI: The National Guard has a tractor trailer used for mask sanitation (using a hydrogen peroxide bath). If you need access to this service, please call the Health Department. Do not throw away N95 masks! 

SCHOOLS
A public Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 1pm. The public can listen to the meeting in full online. Visit us at  www.greenbriercountyschools.org for details. On Wednesday, April 15, approximately 2,500 meals will be distributed to students. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY 
If you requested student meals online last week, you don’t need to continue doing that every week. Your request will stand. Changes to orders do require a new request online or via phone. 

THE HUB
Thanks to Greenbrier County Schools, we provided additional food options to local students over the weekend. Hot dinners continue to be provided! Call ahead to order yours. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
Our EMS responders have PPE coverage for a few weeks remaining at this point, and we continue to search for new sources all the time. 

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP)
Small businesses are applying for the PPP in large numbers. A few local businesses were able to successfully complete their applications with banks. They did undergo multiple revisions. So please be persistent!  

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS
Folks who filed for their unemployment in mid to late March but have yet to see their claim processed are asking if they need to do anything further? According to Workforce WV, the answer is no. The reason those claims haven’t been processed is that they face a large backlog of claims. They began processing claims 24/7 last week to catch up but still have a ways to go. They ask for your patience as they process claims as quickly as possible. They’re bringing on more folks and always searching for ways to be more efficient. Also remember that your benefits are retroactive to your filing date. 

INDIVIDUAL STIMULUS PAYMENTS 
The IRS is beginning to make electronic deposits of stimulus payments to individual bank accounts. So it seems that they are on the way! If your bank information is not on file electronically with the IRS, visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here to correct that. 

 

Updated 4/13/2020 1:52PM

OMS1 Students
Welcome to the first full week of the virtual Endocrinology Course!

OMS2 Students
Remember as part of your alternative web-based OSCE activity that your EHR SOAP notes are due today!

OMS3 and OMS4 Students
Registration for the Introduction to ICU online course is now open. The course begins April 20th.

Employee Emergency Leave Clarification
Employees who would like to request the WVSOM issued Emergency Leave should send their request to their supervisor and both Human Resources and Payroll. If you have any questions regarding emergency leave or your ability to work from home, please contact Human Resources.

Employee Communications
Employees should note that in compliance with federal and state laws, supervisors will not specifically disclose the identity of any infected employee or provide information that will allow other employees to identify individuals. We ask that you please not speculate about other employees’ health. If you suspect a co-worker has been exposed, shows signs of illness, or is ill with COVID-19, please take your concerns directly to the Office of Human Resources.  HR will address situations as they arise and ask that you please not spread information that you are not sure about or do not have consent to share. 

TIAA - Retirement
TIAA is working hard to maintain the highest service levels possible during this time.  Employees with any questions regarding their TIAA account should be in contact with TIAA.  TIAA’s public websites, which provide transaction and other services 24/7, are an especially valuable resource at times like this.   1-800-842-2252 or https://www.tiaa.org

WVSOM listed fourth in nation for primary care residents
WVSOM was listed fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for producing the most primary care residents. The 2021 edition of the publication's "America's Best Graduate Schools" recognized WVSOM for the 22nd consecutive year.

 

Updated 4/10/2020 4:30PM

Latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

April 10, 2020 Update

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
With Easter upcoming, we are encouraging safe worship opportunities this weekend. Next week is supposed to be our peak, however, a peak requires a spike in cases which we have yet to experience yet. Out of 236 total tests in Greenbrier, 212 are negative, 4 are confirmed positive, and 19 are pending. Our neighbor Monroe County experienced their first positive today, and we are working with them to be of assistance. LabCorp is continuing to improve turnaround times, with some as fast as 48 hours. 

SCHOOLS
Instructional plans continue to evolve as needed. Teachers are working with students, administration, and central office staff to find the best ways to deliver educational content. Meal delivery occurred earlier this week at elementary schools and designated community locations. Extra meals are being distributed Friday, April 10, at White Sulphur, Ronceverte, and Marvel in Rupert. A public Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, at 1pm. Details TBA. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
Over 2,000 meals were distributed to students this week. All data collected in the student meal process is being shared with Greenbrier County Schools. 

WVSOM
Mask-making continues! So far, 244 masks have been completed and delivered to the Health Department. Care packs for truckers were handed out yesterday and will continue next week. 

GVMC
We are participating in an effort with the National Guard to sterilize gowns so they can be safely reused.  Front-line employees are bearing the brunt of this pandemic, and we can’t thank them enough for their good work. We also appreciate the community donating cloth masks for our employees! 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP
Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed folks can apply for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) via the SBA through their local bank. Also, remember that retail businesses are allowed to stay open if they either make sales online or schedule a curbside pickup. Lastly, some small businesses are experiencing difficulties applying for the PPP program. You make this application through your local bank. We encourage you to reach out to our US senators, as the program will likely need additional funding for all our local businesses to be able to participate. 

ROBERT C BYRD CLINIC
We continue to test for COVID19 and LabCorp is turning around test results within a few days now. Our patients continue to be seen via telehealth. 

THE HUB
Hot dinners continue every week night! Between 70-100 folks are fed takeout meals. We will be closed Monday, April 13, following Easter. We are working on FEMA reimbursement processes and are happy to help other nonprofits navigate those issues. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
White Sulphur Springs EMS created a successful mask decontamination method which they are willing to offer to all local first responders. Many thanks to Habitat for Humanity for a huge donation of N95 masks yesterday! 

CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
We compiled a “shop local” and “to go guide” so folks are aware which businesses continue to operate and what safe buying options they provide. Visit our website at www.greenbrierwv.com to learn  more. 

EASTER
While we would all love to get together in person with our church families at Easter, it’s very important to maintain social distance right now. We encourage participation in safe worship opportunities, which are being offered across the county. A list of all such opportunities was posted by Senator Baldwin yesterday on his Facebook page. 

 

Updated 4/8/2020 3:10PM

Dear WVSOM,

Here is the latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

April 8, 2020 Update

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Out of 228 total tests in Greenbrier, 199 are negative, 4 are confirmed positive, and 25 are pending.  Please remember the importance of social distancing, especially in the next two weeks. Our peak in WV is expected to occur around April 17. In terms of Easter services, drive-in services are acceptable as long as cars are parked more than 6 feet away, windows are rolled up, and we maintain social distance.

SCHOOLS
Meal delivery continues  today. (The distribution may be running a bit behind due to late food deliveries.) Instructional contingency planning continues on the county and school levels. The Board of Education will meet next week and the public may listen online. Details TBA. 

LONG TERM RECOVERY
Meal  distribution continues today. If you want to become a volunteer, please send an email to volunteer@ggltrc.org

WVSOM
Food and health packs being distributing for truck-drivers later this week. Also, local mask production continues! 

GVMC 
Continues to make contingency plans should additional beds be needed. Their staff has been working very long hours and they want to find ways to thank them in the coming weeks!  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP
Staying in touch with local businesses to meet their needs. They are available to help answer questions about SBA loans, but individual businesses must fill out that paperwork on their own. More and more banks are coming into the SBA loan process now, including community banks and credit unions. Check out the new Greenbrier Valley Virtual Shopping Mall & Food Court on Facebook so you can continue to access your favorite local products.

ROBERT C BYRD CLINIC
We continue to experience phone issues and apologize for the inconvenience. If you get a busy signal, please call back. We’re working with the provider to solve the issue.

SENECA HEALTH
We are seeing an increase in need for services. People are feeling tremendously anxious and stressed, particularly those who are essential workers. If you need assistance, you can always call (304) 497-0500 from 8am-5pm or call 911 after hours for emergency assistance. 

HOMELAND SECURITY
We are tracking usage of PPE with first responders and constantly on the lookout for additional PPE. In terms of the request at the last meeting to assist non-profits with FEMA reporting, a statewide call will be arranged ASAP for all non-profits who want information. Details TBA. 

EASTER
While we would all love to get together in person with our church families at Easter, it’s very important to maintain social distance right now. We are entering our peak time for virus transmission. We want to make everyone aware of safe worship opportunities which are being offered across the county. A list of all such opportunities which have been shared with us will be posted this week.

 

Updated 4/7/2020 2:34PM

WVSOM’s Human Gift Registry (HGR) program remains closed for accepting donors until further notice. All other HGR operations are still ongoing and we continue to accept new donor registrations. We are available to answer any questions our registered or potential donors and their families may have at (304) 647- 6208.

 

Updated 4/7/2020 8:33AM

OMS1 Students

The Head to Toe practical exam will still occur in May as scheduled. Please plan ahead as you will need your stethoscope, your diagnostic kit, and blood pressure cuff for the examination. See emails from your Course Director for specific information on the practical exam.
Good luck on your telemedicine ROS Lab with our standardized patients this week!

OMS2 Students

Congrats on finishing your last course of the year!
Remember to stay focused on studies for your COMSAE and Boards!

OMS1 & OMS2 Students

Watch your school email for notices from your TOUCH Coordinator regarding opportunities to volunteer for mask assembly at the Clingman Center. Unfortunately, timing of mask assembly is subject to change as materials are made available; updates will go out on any changes as quickly as possible.
Be sure to check your school email for a note from Financial Aid and be sure to complete your paperwork ASAP!

 

Updated 4/7/2020 8:30AM

Great College to Work For Survey – Reminder
Employees who have not yet completed the survey will receive a reminder on April 7th and April 9th.  Survey deadline is extended to midnight April 10th, 2020. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2020 Great Colleges to Work For program is important to WVSOM as it provides us with important feedback from YOU!  WVSOM has been recognized seven times as a Great College to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education and what makes this recognition especially important is that it is based on the responses received by WVSOM employees. 

Alternate Work from Home 
Be sure to look at the recent email from Human Resources regarding working from home. Employees are reminded to work directly with their supervisor to determine tasks they should complete.   Alternate work from home assignments may be possible when primary job duties are complete.   

Communication Strategies
As many of us are working from home and have replaced our in-person meetings with email communications, WebEx, Zoom, etc., we wanted to take a moment to remind you of some quick email etiquette tips!

  • Your e-mail is a reflection of your professional image, so please remember that what you send out is a representation of WVSOM and the department you work in, especially in mass communication.
  • You should include a Subject, but please keep your subject brief.  Also, please refrain from writing your entire email within the subject line.
  • Be careful of your tone within your email as it is easy to misconstrue without the context you'd get from vocal cues and facial expressions.  A good practice is to read your message out loud before hitting send.  If it sounds harsh when you read it out loud, it will be received as harsh to the recipient.  It is also a good practice to have a colleague review it for you before sending.
  • Carbon Copy (cc): This field is used for including several individual(s) who need to receive the same message. 
  • Blind Copy (bcc): Use this field when e-mailing a group of contacts who may not personally know each other, or for sending an email to a large number of individuals.  This can limit the number of individuals who “Reply All” in their responses.  When using blind copy we recommend that in the to: field you put the person’s email that will receive questions/responses.    
  • Speaking of “Reply All,”, you should use your best judgement and discretion when using the Reply All button. Reply All should be only used on that rare occasion where “all” really need to be aware of your input.  
  • Finally, you should wait until you have written and carefully proofread your email before you add the e-mail address to the e-mail header. This ensures you don’t send the email before you are ready to.

​Employees who live in other states
WVSOM recommends that employees who live in states outside of WV and travel to WV to work on campus or other SWC locations follow the travel guidelines of the CDC, WV, and the state in which they reside. 

CDC: “If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.”

WV:  Individuals who have travelled to West Virginia from hot spots such as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Louisiana, Italy or China must quarantine for 14 days if they travel to WV.  There is an exception to this that includes people commuting back-and forth across state lines for essential work duties.  We are working with all employees who reside outside of WV to perform their essential job duties at home doing this time.   

Since the safety and well-being of its employees is its highest priority, WVSOM is following these best practices guidelines, which requires that employees in the following conditions self-quarantine, monitor their health and avoid coming to campus for at least 14 days: 

  • Those that live with persons who have known cases of Covid-19
  • Those that have come in contact with known cases of Covid-19
  • Those that live with persons who have been exposed to known cases of Covid-19
  • Those that live with persons who have travelled to high-risk areas or “hotspots” – as determined by the CDC
  • Those that live with persons who are travelling outside of West Virginia even if it is for essential duties

 

Updated 4/2/2020 12:15PM

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As you know the Spring Awards Ceremony scheduled for April 2 is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Spring Awards is a very special event recognizing our medical students for their academic and community achievements through scholarships and employees for their commitment to educate our future physicians. Even though our gathering has been canceled, we are working on and will be producing a virtual awards ceremony to acknowledge the award recipients and our donors. We will be broadcasting the ceremony live so you can view it online and we will also have it recorded so that it can be placed on our website to be shared with family and friends after the ceremony. We have a number of departments, as well as the SGA, working remotely to put this event together which will be announced later this month.  I want to thank everyone’s efforts to make this event special and I appreciate everyone’s understanding during these unprecedented and challenging times.

In closing, I have seen faculty, staff and students come together to make incredible changes in a very short amount of time. I have seen departments working together as never before, and I have seen more appreciation of colleagues and communication.  Let’s continue to keep up each other’s spirits, let’s continue to reach out to each other to make sure we are all okay and let’s focus on the positives in spite of the difficulties we are currently facing.

I am so proud of ALL of you! 

Take care and be safe!
Jim Nemitz, Ph.D.

 

Updated 4/1/2020 3:30PM

See the just released edition of the OAED Newsletter for timely information including E-Medley Tips, Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities and HLC Criterion 3 – Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support.

OMS1 Students 

Sign-ups for the Ultrasound Elective are scheduled for May 26-June 26.
The OPP1 Final Practical is rescheduled for July 29. The May 4 OPP 1 Final Written will occur as scheduled. See emails from the OPP1 Course Director for additional information.

 

Updated 3/31/2020 2:45PM

The Governor has issued an executive order requiring out-of-state citizens to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in West Virginia and authorizing the West Virginia State Police to monitor the state roads and highways to enforce that order. This is aimed at people from Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other places where COVID-19 has spread substantially. Furthermore, the Governor is asking out-of-state citizens not to travel to West Virginia at this time unless they are conducting interstate commerce, or commuting for work or essential business, military duty or health and medical care reasons. If you must come into West Virginia for personal reasons, you MUST strictly quarantine yourself for 14 days.

Students not currently in the Lewisburg area are reminded that they should remain where they are and complete the school year by distant learning. For students in the Lewisburg area, the campus remains closed and you should follow the Governor’s directive to Stay At Home to protect yourself and others.  Only go to public places if you are well and minimize the amount of time you are in those places, such as grocery stores.

Employees are reminded they should work from home except for carrying out essential work related activities that cannot be done at home. Employees will continue to have access to their offices to complete critical tasks or to pick up items that are needed.

The WVSOM campus remains closed to the public.

OMS2 Students

Be sure to check your school email on April 1st for access to the PE videos.   On eMedley, in course 954 OSCE there are instructions about your alternate OSCE activity.  Please remember the April 13th deadline to complete soap notes in the EHR.  Please review all instructions carefully before April 13th.  Please complete all pre-work before April 13th.  

OMS3 Students

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has issued recommendations for continuation of the clinical rotation ‘pause’ until April 17th.  The situation will be reevaluated at that time. Students should continue to use appropriate online modules. A complete Class of 2021 OLM separate Clinical Education Manual has posted. Additionally, the Clinical Education Manual has been updated with the new online electives in ICU medicine, COVID-19, and muscular dystrophy. Culinary Medicine online is also available. If there are any outpatient rotations available, your Deans and Directors will notify you. The Introduction to the ICU Online Course has been finalized and all of the documents have been uploaded into eMedley. Check your school email for more details! Also be sure to view the video refresher on the proper way to don and doff your personal protective equipment before heading back out on rotations.

OMS4 Students

AACOM has issued recommendations for continuation of the clinical rotation ‘pause’ until April 17th. It is unclear at this time when or how this will normalize. Thus, students should continue to use the appropriate online modules. For students who need online electives, we now offer courses ICU medicine, COVID 19, and muscular dystrophy in addition to communication, opioid and culinary medicine online electives. The Introduction to the ICU Online Course has been finalized and all of the documents have been uploaded into eMedley. Check your school email for more details!

 

Updated 3/30/2020 3:25PM

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency web site maintains a list of commercial disinfectants that can be used against coronavirus (COVID-19).  EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
The CDC also provides a nice resource page with tips and suggestions for cleaning and disinfecting your home.   CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

OMS1 & OMS2 Students

Now that Spring Break is over, welcome back to your virtual classes!

Remember that the Governor has issued a Stay At Home order. Therefore, you should remain at home except for carrying out essential activities. Anyone traveling into West Virginia from out of state should home quarantine themselves for 14 days. We encourage any of you that are not already in Lewisburg to remain where you are and complete your school year by distant learning. The school campus remains closed except for essential employees. You may still call any department during work hours and calls are either being transferred to those working from home or those employees are monitoring their voicemails as well as e-mails from home.  

OMS1 Students

Make sure to check you school email for upcoming information about the Summer Ultrasound Course.

 

Updated 3/27/2020 3:30PM

A new feature has been added to our website mapping COVID-19 cases in WV using data reported by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) building (the Silo Lane house) has been closed to WVSOM employees and students until further notice. WVSOM personnel are not to enter the building for any reason. 

OMS2 Students
TB test update - Second year students be sure to check your school email for important instructions on completing a QuantiFERON-TB Gold test.

OMS4 Students
Students are reminded to complete the online mandatory Financial Aid and EXIT Counseling modules.

Its Kronos Friday!

 

Updated 3/25/2020 2:09PM

Dear Community Members,

I want to provide you with an update on what WVSOM is doing regarding the COVID-19 crisis.  

WVSOM is abiding by the Governor’s Stay At Home Order.  The following actions have been taken:

  • All WVSOM students have been told to Stay at Home.  Students who have left the Lewisburg area for Spring Break have been told NOT to return to campus at this time and to stay where they are.  All on-campus classes and labs have been suspended for the remainder of the semester.  A modified curriculum will be delivered electronically so students can complete the school year in their home locations. Please note that over a hundred students decided not to go away for Spring Break and are therefore in the community; these students have been told to Stay at Home to continue their studies.
  • Students will NOT be allowed on campus and will NOT have access to facilities unless they have been given permission in order to continue their studies, ex. poor internet signal at home.
  • All WVSOM employees have been told to Stay at Home unless they have an essential responsibility that requires them to be on campus in order for the school to remain operational to deliver the curriculum on-line and other critical functions.  All employees who are sick and/or have family members who are sick or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus have been told to Stay at Home.  The WVSOM O’Café and Founders’ Activity Center (gym) are closed to employees and students at this time.
  • The WVSOM campus facilities are closed to the public at this time. 

The safety of our community and our students are of paramount concern.  We are doing everything we can at WVSOM to keep our community safe during this national crisis.  I will continue to keep you updated as things change.  I encourage you to visit our coronavirus webpage at http://www.wvsom.edu/news/coronavirus 

In closing, I am asking everyone to do their part and follow the Governor’s directive to Stay At Home to protect yourself and others.  Only go to public places if you are well and minimize the amount of time you are in those places, such as grocery stores.  I am also asking you to adhere to CDC guidelines and practice good hygiene, including regular hand washing and social distancing.  Let’s keep ourselves and our community safe!

Take care and be safe!

Jim Nemitz, Ph.D.  
WVSOM President

 

Updated 3/25/2020 1:55PM

OMS1 & OMS2 Students (Updates for the week of March 23)

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve implemented the following changes.

For all students:

  1. Students who traveled out of the state are asked NOT to return to the Lewisburg area after Spring Break. 
  2. Students remaining in Lewisburg over Spring Break are instructed NOT to return to campus without prior authorization.  All student Prox card access to campus buildings has been deactivated until further notice.  Students will be notified when they are allowed back on campus.  We are making arrangements to accommodate limited numbers of students who do not have home internet access and will be arranging times that students can get access to printers. 
  3. As previously notified, all remaining labs and on-campus classes are suspended. We will deliver the remainder of the didactic curriculum for this year via distance learning using WebEx.  You will be getting instructions on how to view each lecture in real time from your home. Be sure to continue checking your school email.
  4. Faculty will maintain office hours via WebEx.  Instructions on how to take advantage of this will be forthcoming.
  5. All remaining exams will be administered on-line utilizing virtual proctoring software.  You are still expected to adhere to your honor code.

For first year students:

  1. Your remaining anatomy labs will be administered virtually.  The anatomy faculty are preparing videos to assist your learning.  As a reminder, these videos are not to be shared for any reason.
  2. We are making arrangements for your final clinical skills lab to be done from home.  Refer to the CS1 Course Director’s email for detailed instructions.  Those components of Clinical Skills that cannot be done from home will be shifted to your CS2 course in the second year curriculum.
  3. The remaining OPP1 labs have been cancelled and will be shifted to your OPP2 course in the second year curriculum. Monitor your school email for updates from the OPP1 Course Director for details on how the remainder of the course will be handled.
  4. We now have the capability for students to respond to polling questions via computer or mobile device.  Two brief instructional videos are now available on eMedley in the Class of 2023 section, titled TurningPoint Computer Instructions and TurningPoint Mobile Instructions.  

For second year students:

  1. We now have the capability for students to respond to polling questions via computer or mobile device.  Two brief instructional videos are now available on eMedley in the Class of 2022 section, titled TurningPoint Computer Instructions and TurningPoint Mobile Instructions.  
  2. Your OSCE will be converted to an on-line experience.  You will receive more instructions regarding this at a later date. An IPE assignment is forthcoming and will be listed in the Skin II and MPF course. Be sure to monitor school emails and eMedley for upcoming information concerning OSCEs and the IPE.
  3. The OPP2 lab final practical has been cancelled. Once approved, an updated OPP2 course syllabus will be posted reflecting the change. Refer to the OPP2 lab Course Director’s email on specific changes to the course and grading.
  4. PPD skin testing on campus has been cancelled. You may have your PPD (or a Quantiferon TB Gold blood test) performed by your health provider.  Please upload the results of this test to your CastleBranch account. 
  5. Please continue with the process of setting up your background check and drug screen through CastleBranch. You can take the drug screen form to any LabCorp location.  If you are still in Lewisburg, please use the Davis Stuart LabCorp.  Please use your best judgement when completing the drug screen.  We recommend calling ahead to the selected LabCorp to see what the protocol is for entering the facility.  Contact the SWC office if you have any issues. We will do our best to help in any way we can.
  6. You will be expected to report to your State Wide Campus site at least one week early to allow for the BLS course and mask fitting. Please note  you may need to do so earlier than that in order to home quarantine for two weeks (a total of three weeks early) prior to beginning.
  7. We plan on administering the COMSAE as scheduled.  You may take this from your home.
  8. For those either mandated to take the prep course, or who wish to do so, we will deliver this content virtually.

Thank you to all our student doctors for your continued patience and professionalism.  We will continue to do the best we can to make sure you get what you need when you need it.

While we are trying to anticipate every possibility, things may continue to change in unexpected ways and we may need to modify instructions. Continue to monitor your school email as this is the way we communicate official school updates. The institution is trying to the best of its abilities to keep you and the community safe and to keep you on track this academic year in the face of a national crisis. We will continue to keep you updated as things change.

Please remember to do your part, please stay at home to protect yourself and others.  Keep yourself and your community safe!

 

Updated 3/25/2020 11:30AM

In an email from HR on March 24, employees were notified that designated essential staff who are still reporting to campus in any capacity need to monitor symptoms and check their own temperature twice a day. Family members of these employees are also recommended to monitor symptoms. If at any point the employee, or a household member, becomes sick or is exposed to someone with COVID-19, they will need to notify HR and stay home.

 

Updated 3/23/2020 8:46AM

The IT Department has added a “Remote Technology Resources” page under the WVSOM COVID-19 Update web page to centralize technology needs as we deal with COVID-19 concerns.  This consolidates all technical references that we have made recently for working remotely and for the utilization of WebEx for lectures/conferencing.

We will be distributing our IT Department contact cards with IT managers and on-call phone numbers to campus departments.

We are collaborating with Media Services to insure coverage of faculty lectures using WebEx.  Student email invitations for the week of March 30th have been sent.  IT staff supporting faculty from the classrooms will be:  Kathy Pauley, Chad Burns, and Ken Miller.  Additionally, we will be meeting next week to confirm the remote support to faculty working from home, as those needs may arise.

The IT Department continues to work with HR and approved WVSOM staff for working from home connectivity.  If you encounter issues or need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Updated 3/20/2020 2:28PM

OMS3 Students

  • Effective Friday March 20, 2020 at 5:00 all students will be removed from clinical rotations. The remainder of current rotations will be completed online. Follow the syllabi marked as the rotation name and “OLM” for Online Learning Module. These will be available no later than Monday March 23, 2020.
  • Students have received notice by email as to how grades will be handled for the current rotation.
  • As many hospital buildings are closed to non-essential personnel, you will be taking your COMAT exams at home. The dates will be arranged by your Regional Deans and Directors.
  • Our hope and plan is to get you back on rotations as soon as possible. There are a few hospitals that have already committed to resuming rotations at the end of the two week furlough.
  • We are strongly recommending that you shelter in place for your two weeks of online learning. This means leaving your home for only essential activity and avoiding all travel. You are asked to keep a daily diary of any respiratory symptoms or fever. If possible, it would be beneficial to also take your temperature daily.
  • If you choose to travel or otherwise leave the area during the two weeks of online learning, you may need a two week quarantine prior to resuming rotations.

OMS4 Students

  • Based upon the recent AAMC and AACOM two week pause in rotations and the ruling of the COCA approving online education, the following modifications have been instituted:
  1. Effective Friday March 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm, all clinical rotations will stop.
  2. On Monday, March 23, 2020, you will begin a 100% online curriculum to complete your graduation requirements.  Some students may need to complete a rural rotation and will be contacted as to how this will take place.
  3. Please understand that this does not excuse you from finishing the curriculum. The online modules will be monitored and assessed.  A Pass/Fail system will be used for the last few rotations.
  4. Any travel is strongly discouraged and you are advised to adhere to your state and local guidelines while completing your educational requirements.
  • Staying indoors at your current location except for essentials would be the prudent course.
  • Your Regional Deans and Directors will share with you on an individual basis as to how to address the rotations that you have left.
  • As a reference, modified syllabi have been created and will soon be placed in the Clinical Ed Manual 2020OLM (online learning module) no later than Monday March 23, 2020.

 

Updated 3/19/2020 1:33PM

OMS1 & OMS2 Students

We continue to monitor the situation to adjust our plans accordingly.  We can’t predict what will happen but be assured that we’re planning for every eventuality we can think of and making a number of contingency plans.  What we do believe is that, unfortunately, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.  With that in mind, please pay attention to the items listed below and continue to monitor your school email for official updates.

If you choose to leave the Lewisburg area for Spring Break you should plan on having to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.  Also, we anticipate that more restrictions will be in place within the week and I believe quarantine is more likely than not to be mandated.  The only prudent course of action is to be prepared. 
We have been approved to deliver the curriculum on-line.  This means that you can do much of your coursework remotely which will help us keep you on schedule.  Unfortunately, those things that require contact cannot be delivered remotely – more on that below.
While we are prepared to deliver exams on-line, we recognize that not all students have stable internet.  Should you have connectivity issues or issues with ExamN, our plan is to have you come to campus and take a paper copy of the test here (observing appropriate spacing and adhering to no more than 10 persons per room).  In these cases, we’ll expect you to be on campus within 15-20 minutes.  Obviously, this means that you’ll need to be physically in the area.
For those who are going to be staying here over Spring Break, we’d love to try and help you knock out some of those aforementioned activities that require contact.  For first year students staying, the OPP faculty have arranged to try and get your remaining OPP labs taken care of and for second year students staying, arrangements are being made to begin taking care of your PPD’s.  If we can get these done then there will be that much less to make up if we have to go to solely on-line delivery.  We’ll be sending out a survey to gauge interest in these later today, please pay attention and reply quickly.

As always, we sincerely thank you for your patience, professionalism, and understanding.  We honestly do not know where this is heading but all of the faculty and administration are committed to making sure you get the education you need and that you remain on track for graduation.  We will most certainly see a few more curveballs but we’ll figure out a way to handle them.  Your schedules have already been impacted and more changes are likely.  Regardless, work with us and we’ll get through this.

The Q&A for today has been canceled due to the limitation on group gatherings but the Preclinical Associate Dean is still available to answer any of your questions.

 

Updated 3/19/2020 12:25PM

Dear WVSOM,

Here is the latest update from the Greenbrier County COVID-19 Task Force. This group is made up of workers in health care, education, government, business, transportation, non-profits, and churches.

CALL SUMMARY: Greenbrier County COVID-19 Call, 3/18/2020

MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE

The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met this morning via conference call and reports the following information.

1) GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS. Meals will continue to be served at all 13 schools this week. 900+ deliveries via bus will be added tomorrow.

Additional meal sites will be available at Williamsburg Community Center, Renick Fire Dept, Alvon UMC, & Marvel Center tomorrow also. Contingencies will be in place if there are changes to the meal distribution process next week.

2) GREENBRIER COUNTY HEALTH DEPT. Mass gatherings are officially limited to 50 people by the CDC but the White House is recommending that we limit gatherings to 10. Err on the side of caution and limit gatherings to 10.

This includes churches and sports. We have our first positive case in WV in the eastern panhandle. There are none locally but we are testing and receiving numerous calls. We encourage folks to talk to their primary care provider first if possible. One area of concern is that we have an extreme shortage of testing supplies and personal protective equipment. We want to test more, but we can’t do that yet due to lack of tests from the federal government. We greatly appreciate local vendors working to help supply our first responders.

3) WSS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. We desperately need personal protective equipment and are seeking other sources so we can continue serving the public.

4) GREENBRIER VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER. Anticipating increased volume in the coming weeks, we are preparing for that possibility and exploring all options for providing effective service to patients. We too are seeking additional supplies of personal protective equipment.

5) ROBERT C BYRD CLINIC. We are limiting access to two entrances and screening all patients via phone before they arrive. Office hours are reduced to 8am-5pm Monday-Friday only.

6) HIGH ROCKS. We are offering free evening meals to students 18 & under at The Hub in Lewisburg. Call 304-647-4994 by 230pm to order a meal. Adult meals are $5.

7) COMMITTEE ON AGING. In-home services and meals on wheels continue. Grab & go hot meals are provided curbside in Fairlea and Rupert. Grocery shopping service is available to folks who need it. Wellness-check phone calls are being made to clients.

8- ALDERSON MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION. All Lenten lunches are cancelled. The food pantry continues via curbside service.

9) LONG TERM RECOVERY. Over 30 volunteers signed up yesterday. We will need volunteers next week to assist with food distribution. If you are healthy, between the ages of 18-60, and pass a background check, please send an email to volunteer@ggltrc.org.

10) UNITED WAY. United Way of Greenbrier Valley is aware that a Facebook post regarding United Way providing financial assistance has gone viral and believes it was started by an individual who contacted Indiana 211 and received assistance, who wanted to share it with good intentions. The number listed on their post is the direct line for Indiana 211, and the assistance it refers to is related to United Way of Central Indiana’s

COVID-19 fund. Each United Way across the country is handling community support in different ways depending on the need; however, this does not mean United Ways have a financial assistance program in place. United Way of Greenbrier Valley is exploring ways in which to support local groups and programs specific to COVID-19.

11) STATE OFFICES CLOSING. After today, all non-essential state offices will close as folks will be working from home. Expect this trend of workplaces and gathering places closing to continue as we practice social distancing on a larger scale to slow the spread of the virus.

12) SMALL BUSINESSES. With the closing of restaurants and small businesses, please remember you can still order takeout, buy a gift card, and support local businesses that always support us throughout this difficult time.

*This is a rapidly changing situation. Please stay tuned for additional updates as they are available.

 

Updated 3/17/2020 4:21 PM

Update from the yesterday’s meeting (March 16th) of the Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force.

1) GREENBRIER COUNTY SCHOOLS. Grab & go feeding sites began today. Bus drivers are calling every student to determine who needs deliveries, and those begin Thursday. Additional sites for grab & go also begin Thursday in outlying communities. Teachers are working on instructional materials for students moving forward. Tech specialists are identifying those without internet to deliver materials to those students.

2) HEALTH DEPT. Nationwide, the CDC is limiting events to 50 people. Indoors or outdoors. For the next 8 weeks. We already implemented this locally, but it is now policy nationwide. And we can expect it to last 8 weeks. Also, the vulnerable population which includes seniors, those with pre-existing conditions, pregnant moms, and those with compromised immune systems.

3) GREENBRIER VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER. Everyone will be directed to one of two entrances--ER door and front door. Everyone will be screened per CDC instructions. A screening involves a temperature check and three questions assessing risk for exposure.

4) HOMELAND SECURITY. The goal is to gain access to extra health supplies for our senior centers and health care facilities. Hopefully, that will happen this week.

5) WVSOM/HEALTH ALLIANCE. Focused on educating the public right now so folks (in the health care field and the general public) hold greater awareness. They are printing materials for the public right now and will disseminate them widely. They also are partnering with the Health Dept to offer a virtual food handler’s class.

6) COMMITTEE ON AGING. All non-essential senior activities are cancelled. Both centers in Fairlea & Rupert will remain open. Meals on Wheels will continue. Additional drive-by or delivery hot meals for those who normally come to the center to eat will be provided. In-home personal care services will continue, but clients will be called first to ensure they are not ill before sending staff to their home. The phones will be answered as usual.

7) GGLTRC. In the event that school personnel need assistance with meal delivery, we want to build a volunteer network now and get them ready to serve if needed. In the event food distribution needs to be added, we would operate a central kitchen at the WV State Fair and distribute the food from there across the county. We are also exploring options to provide connections to folks who are socially isolated and need support.

8- GV AIRPORT. The airport is open. Commercial and private flights are operational. However, United Airlines is cutting their air service in half nationwide and that’s an international trend which will likely continue in the near future.

9) COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS. 300+ students are under their care, and they plan to contact each and every one to see what sort of support those students need during school closure.

10) FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES. As of Thursday, these sites will receive meals for students--Marvel, Alvin UMC, Renick Fire Dept, Williamsburg Community Center.

11) VOLUNTEERS. If you are not in a vulnerable population, we want to develop a network of volunteers when they are needed. You must pass a background check, be age 18-60 (or age 15-18 with parental consent), not have traveled in affected areas, and not be symptomatic. To signup as a volunteer, send an email to volunteer@ggltrc.org.

*We will continue to meet every other day and keep the community informed. Other task force groups are also forming across the state to serve their local communities.

 

Updated 3/17/2020 10:27 AM

Faculty and administration continue to evaluate the situation with COVID-19 and plans for adjusting the curriculum accordingly. We base decisions on the guidance of Federal, State and Local authorities including our accrediting bodies. The safety of our students, faculty, staff and community are our top priority.

Students should pay close attention to their email for the most up-to-date information for this evolving situation.

The information below summarizes information you’ve received from administration and your Course Directors regarding changes to courses for the week of March 16 - 20.

OMS1

  • This week’s Team Based Learning (TBL) activity has shifted to an on-line format.
  • No mandatory activities (except OPP lab) are scheduled for the remainder of the week March 16-19.
  • OPP1 labs will shift to on-line posting of instructional videos and quizzes. However, the hands-on portion of the lab will remain mandatory.
  • Friday’s exam will still occur as scheduled. Additional instructions will be provided for the exam to occur at multiple locations on campus to allow smaller group sizes.
  • As you know, we are making several changes to how your educational materials are being delivered over the next several weeks (maybe longer), due to concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

OMS2

  • All mandatory classes (with the exception of labs and white coat pictures) have been changed to non-mandatory activities.
  • Course Directors will continue to communicate any changes or updates via email.
  • The TBL scheduled for Thursday March 19th will be converted to a Directed Study followed by an on-line quiz.  The Exam Center will be in contact regarding administration of the quiz.
  • OPP2 lab will consist of a required on-line instructional video and quiz. The hands-on portion of the lab is optional.
  • The OPP final practical April 8th has been postponed. Students will be notified once things are finalized.
  • OPP faculty continue to consider options for ‘check offs’ for skills assessments. Students will be contacted soon with our plan to address that.

We continue to monitor the situation and are planning for additional changes after Spring Break.  Please continue to monitor email.  Since things are changing rapidly, we won’t be sending these changes until we’re confident what they are going to be.  You should expect an email on Sunday, 22 March telling you the plan moving forward and what to expect beginning Monday, 23 March.

We will continue to monitor the situation and do our best to keep you informed in a timely manner.

 

Updated - 3/16/2020 4:04 PM

WVSOM continues to monitor the evolving situation with coronavirus. Faculty and administration continue working on contingency planning for the curriculum and resources for employees.

During the week of March 16 – 20th, WVSOM is endeavoring to remain open and operational in accordance with CDC guidelines.  We are continuing to monitor the situation carefully and are prepared to make immediate changes as needed.   

At present, information from current health officials is that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of West Virginia, and at this time, the immediate health risk is low. However, in accordance with the CDC, due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important to continue preparing for potential community spread.  The federal government is currently considering legislation that could provide additional leave resources to employees.  We will provide additional information as that legislation - Families First Coronavirus Response Act - is considered by the Senate on Monday, March 16th.   

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you experience symptoms, isolate yourself, do not come to work/school. Students should contact their Associate Dean.

Individuals should seek medical attention by calling a medical professional. Inform medical professionals of your symptoms and any recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.  Please call a medical professional if, in the last 14 days, you:

  • Have traveled to an affected geographic area and have a fever and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
  • Have a fever with a severe acute lower respiratory illness that requires hospitalization and doesn't have an alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) and no known source of your exposure, or
  • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath)

When you call, please inform them of your symptoms and recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.  Here is a link to the CDC list of symptoms.

As with all contagious illnesses, limit the potential for exposure to other people and do not come to work or school. Take the following actions:

  • Seek medical advice from a medical professional by calling ahead before visiting a health facility
  • Isolate yourself to keep from potentially exposing other people.
  • Notify your supervisor as well as HR at hr@osteo.wvsom.edu that you are ill and will not be able to work. Your supervisor and HR will work with you to develop a plan. 
  • Students, notify Dr. Russ or your Regional Assistant Dean.​

What if I’ve traveled to a country or location where there is a high risk of infection or I’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Isolate yourself, do not come to work or, and begin monitoring your symptoms using the Self-Monitoring Guide.  If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. Tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Follow their instructions, and see tips below:

  • Monitor your symptoms – Self -Monitoring Guide attached.
  • Stay home except to get medical care.  Before seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your recent exposure and your symptoms.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday.
  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Do not travel while sick.

Employees:  Notify your supervisor as well as HR at hr@osteo.wvsom.edu that you are self-quarantined and will not be able to work.  Your supervisor and HR will work with you to develop a plan. 

Students:  Notify Dr. Russ or your regional Assistant Dean.

Public schools have been closed and/or my child’s school or day care is closed and my child is not sick. I have no other child care arrangements and must stay home with my child.  How will I be paid?

The CDC has urged colleges and universities to modify, where possible, policies that make it difficult to follow the recommendation of self-isolation.  Additionally, if passed, federal legislation will provide leave options that are not currently available to qualifying employees.  WVSOM is finalizing a  Certificate of Illness or Quarantine form which employees can use during this period in lieu of medical documentation when absent due to illness or leave related to the Coronavirus.  We anticipate sending out this updated information as soon as the federal government has finalized the benefit.    

Currently, the following options are available, although not all options will be available in all situations, depending upon the nature of your job responsibilities:

  • Use accrued annual leave
  • Use accrued compensatory time
  • Make up the work on an hour-for-hour basis during the same workweek with supervisory approval
  • Work from home with supervisory approval
  • Request an absence without pay and without paid-time-off accruals
  • Temporary employees do not receive pay for time not worked or any paid time off benefits.

Employees:  Notify your supervisor as well as HR at hr@osteo.wvsom.edu that you are not able to work.  Your supervisor and HR will work with you to develop a plan. 

We will send out additional information as soon as possible. Employees can contact Human Resources directly if you have questions. 

First and second year students can contact Dr. Russ and students in the Statewide Campus can contact their Regional Assistant Dean with any questions or concerns.

The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force is meeting M-W-F to discuss issues affecting the county regarding coronavirus, disseminate information and make recommendations.

The Task Force met March 14, 2020 via conference call and have provide the following information.

1) Greenbrier County Schools has a plan in place to feed all students while schools are closed beginning this week. All schools will be open as feeding sites and food will be available via delivery and/or at community sites as well. Details TBA. Volunteers are NOT needed at this time to help with the feeding effort. If that changes--and it may--we will put out a call for help.

2) Greenbrier Health Department reminds everyone that gatherings of 50 people indoors and 150 outdoors are the maximum allowed. This includes churches. In order to keep us all safe, please follow these strong recommendations. They’re working with the hospital and nursing care facilities to ensure they have what they need to care for patients.

3) Greenbrier Valley Medical Center will reduce the number of entrances beginning Monday and screen folks as they enter. Their dining room will be closed to the public as of Sunday.

4) Greenbrier County Courthouse will remain open, though folks are encouraged to do as much business as possible via phone and internet.

5) Homeland Security & Emergency Management is working with healthcare providers to try and provide for their unmet needs of supplies.

6) WVSOM decided to remain open. Students will be screened. Additional e-learning options will be utilized to reduce on-campus crowds. The Center for Rural & Community Health as well as the Greenbrier County Health Alliance Community Ambassadors stand prepared to assist the community when needed.

7) GGLTRC is prepared to coordinate volunteers and resources when needed.

At this point, volunteers are not needed to provide students with meals.

In the event that changes, volunteers will be put in place to assist.

Those wanting to volunteer should email your contact information to volunteer@ggltrc.org. Given that volunteers may work in proximity with individuals under 18, potential volunteers must agree to a background check.

8) All Episcopal & Catholic worship services are cancelled for this Sunday. Old Stone Presbyterian, Bethesda, & others will be broadcasting worship for folks to participate from their homes.

9) The Alderson & Lewisburg/Fairlea Food Pantries plan to proceed with distribution this coming week. Only a few people will be served at a time to limit crowds. Our task force will work with all food pantries to coordinate schedules, provide updates, and distribute COVID-19 information to everyone who receives food.

10) Restaurants & businesses are largely remaining open in the area. The health department is sending them specific guidance on how to properly clean their space and keep it sanitary.

11) If you are a medical professional who is willing to volunteer if needed, please visit www.WVredi.org and signup.

12) If your organization wants to join the task force, please send an email with your name, organization or affiliation, and phone number to info@ggltrc.org.

13) If your organization has the ability to disseminate COVID-19 literature via Listserv or similar software, send a request for information to coordinator@ggltrc.org.

14) If you are in another WV county and want to put together a task force like this one in your area, please send an email to stephen.h.baldwin@gmail.com.

15) The task force meets three times a week. We will continue making updates available as often as possible.

 

Updated - 3/13/2020 2:34 PM

  • The WVSOM Lewisburg campus remains open at this time and classes continue as scheduled.
  • WVSOM Statewide Campus:  Third and Fourth year students should contact their Regional Assistant Dean if they have any concerns or issues with a clinical rotation.
  • Governor Justice announced today that all schools (K-12) in West Virginia will be closing effective at the end of the day today, Friday, March 13, 2020.
  • State officials have created a new web page for the public dedicated to information about coronavirus in West Virginia.   https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx
     

Updated - 3/12/2020 4:20 PM

  • Governor Justice has suspended until further notice all official state business travel for state employees outside West Virginia, including international travel. Accordingly, WVSOM will follow the Governor’s directive. 
  • State officials are also strongly encouraging West Virginia citizens to refrain from non-essential travel and to avoid large meetings and gatherings.

 

Updated 3/12/2020 12:15 PM

We will utilize email, this web page, and the WVSOM emergency response system to update the members of the WVSOM Community. 

  • The WVSOM campus remains open and operational at this time. The academic calendar remains unchanged including Spring Break.
  • Spring Awards Ceremony scheduled on April 2nd has been cancelled.

School Related Travel

  • Effective immediately, WVSOM is suspending all non-essential school-related travel until April 30th.  
  • Effective immediately, WVSOM is prohibiting all school-related international travel through April 30th.

Personal Travel

  • WVSOM is asking all students, faculty and staff who plan to travel internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. for personal reasons to reconsider, taking into account the rapidly changing nature of the situation and the possibility of travel delays, quarantines and prolonged self-isolation when returning.

Reporting Travel

  • Anyone traveling internationally will be required to notify WVSOM. 
  • Travel waiver requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Information for reporting travel and travel waivers will be released in the coming days. 
  • Self-quarantine  is currently required for 14 days prior to returning to WVSOM if you have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, South Korea or any other country determined by the Centers for Disease Control to be a Warning Level 2 or 3.

 

3/11/2020

WVSOM continues to closely monitor the public health situation related to the coronavirus COVID-19. We remain in contact with the Greenbrier County Health Department and state officials. WVSOM leadership is meeting regularly to review and update planning and to make preparations in the event the disease begins to affect the institution and the local community.

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) maintain websites concerning COVID-19.  The COVID 19 CDC link is http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19 and the WV DHHR link is http://coronavirus.wv.gov/

Information Hotline to Address Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns

The WV DHHR has partnered with the West Virginia Poison Center to create an information hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding COVID-19.  Operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.

According to the CDC, the best way to avoid contracting COVID-19 is to practice the following interventions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Not shaking hands - use other noncontact methods of greeting. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Sick individuals are urged to stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If members of the WVSOM community are feeling sick, they are urged to call their health care provider before seeking medical care.

Employees or students who have recently traveled domestically and internationally, had exposure to a known or suspected case of COVID-19, and are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, should contact their primary care provider.  Employees should also contact HR and their Supervisor.  Students should also contact the appropriate Associate Dean.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit http://coronavirus.wv.gov/ or http://www.cdc.gov/COVID19

Date Added: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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