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WVU awards emergency grants to students for spring, announces CARES Act Emergency Grants for summer

West Virginia University has awarded $6.72 million in emergency grants to students from funds provided through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act.

8,003 students that met the eligibility criteria required by the U.S. Department of Education were awarded emergency grants of $750 for the Spring 2020 semester to assist with need due to COVID-19’s disruption to campus. Qualifying students who are also eligible for the Pell Grant received $1,000 for the Spring 2020 semester.

The University received $20.2 million from the federal stimulus package enacted to provide significant relief to higher education. Approximately $10 million is designated to provide direct emergency assistance to students with financial need stemming from COVID-19-related disruption of campus operations, including cost of attendance expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

In order to continue supporting students in these uncertain times, West Virginia University will distribute CARES Act Emergency Grants to eligible students who are attending Summer 2020 courses. Like the process implemented for CARES Act Emergency Grants in the spring, students will need to submit an application to be considered for a grant this summer.

For additional information, read the full story at WVU Today

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Guidance on Illness Reporting Procedures for COVID-19

With the influx of individuals returning to campus over the next few weeks, guidance has been issued regarding what to do if students, faculty or staff feel ill or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Students who feel sick or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can find additional information in the Health Information section on Students page

Faculty, Staff, Graduate Assistants, post-doctoral fellows and other employees who feel sick or believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 can find information about what to do in the Health Information section on the Faculty and Staff page.  

If you are currently awaiting COVID-19 test results, please self-isolate until results are final. If you have received a positive test result, please continue to self-isolate per CDC guidelines. Local health department authorities will be in contact with further guidance.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Check the WVU Coronavirus website frequently for updates. You may also email coronavirus@mail.wvu.edu with questions.

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WV DHHR announces plan to identify areas with a rise in COVID-19 cases, testing for minority and vulnerable populations

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health has developed a data-driven plan to identify areas experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases

A rise in cases will trigger rapid assessment and guide action based on a seven-day rolling sum of new, non-outbreak associated cases based on population size. DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health will examine additional data and undertake a rapid joint assessment with the county. 

The DHHR has also announced a plan to increase COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations in medically-underserved counties. 

The plan was developed by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, DHHR and WV National Guard (WVNG) and targets residents who have struggled to be seen by a physician or do not have insurance to pay for testing. This optional testing will be free and available to all residents in selected counties, including asymptomatic individuals. 

Testing will be prioritized for counties with higher cases of positive COVID-19 transmission. The following counties have been identified for testing: Berkeley, Cabell, Fayette, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia and Raleigh.

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