By Bobby Bordelon
"You can go out and enjoy the sunshine. Today you can go to the [Greenbrier River] trail in Caldwell, get air, get sunshine. But don't do it in groups. Do it individually, one or two, husband and wife, something like that," said Commission President Lowell Rose in the Tuesday, March 24, meeting of the Greenbrier County Commission.
One local West Virginia Daily News reporter took the suggestion to heart. What follows is a photo album from that wonderful, hours-long walk.
The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met on Wednesday, March 25, via conference call and reports the following information.
Health Department - As of this morning, there are still no positive tests in Greenbrier County. The delivery of promised PPE did not arrive yesterday as planned. It should arrive today. The first batch of masks from Greenbrier West arrived yesterday.
The Greater Greenbrier COVID-19 Task Force met on Monday, March 23, via conference call and reports the following information.
Health Department - All local COVID-19 tests are still negative. Masks are on the way! A partnership between the Health Department, Greenbrier County Schools, WVSOM, and others will begin making 3D printed masks for local health professionals! (There is a 3D blueprint available for others with 3D printers to use.) They also need surgical gowns and are searching for sources worldwide. Cloth masks are helpful to be worn over N95 masks. If you want to make cloth masks, donations may be dropped off at the Health Department. If you have other supplies like gloves, masks, gowns, etc from businesses that are currently closed, please take them to the Health Department. They will be distributed to health care workers.
Greenbrier County Commission Meets As Courthouse Closes To The Public, Considers COVID-19, Renovations, Budget, And More
By Bobby Bordelon
The closure of the Greenbrier County Courthouse to the general public, a letter to an architectural firm about the courthouse and a potential new sheriff's office, the upcoming budget, and more were considered by the Greenbrier County Commission on Tuesday, March 24. The meeting, held in the courthouse, was available to watch online on the Greenbrier County Courthouse Facebook Page.
"The courthouse is currently operating," said Commissioner Tammy Shiflett-Tincher. "We have no [in-person] access to the public and all of our offices are available for assistance over the phone and online. ... So if you need assistance, please call the courthouse. We're working with each department to make sure that everyone is safe, particularly to make sure we can service all the citizens of Greenbrier County."
Governor Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many precautionary measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the potential spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice issued a "Stay At Home" order today, directing all West Virginia residents to stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs.
By Grady Ford
I think we are now to the point that there is no denying that the whole of human civilization is in crisis with the invocation of extraordinary measures (quarantines; school, business, and governmental closures; shelter-in-place orders; social distancing) across the globe in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The clouds are no doubt dark and ominous. The future is uncertain, and folks are right to be concerned, and understandably afraid.
But there may be a silver lining, if we can see it (or choose to think it). The way we think about things or see things is important. The way we view something can affect the way we feel, the way we feel can affect the things we say and do, and the things we say and do can affect the world around us.