WV and National Disaster News - June 23, 2021


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West Virginia

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WV Daily COVID Update & Stats (WV DHHR)


June 22 - DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a 73-year old male from Wyoming County, a 44-year old male from Kanawha County, an 84-year old female from Raleigh County, a 62-year old male from Berkeley County, a 78-year old female from Jefferson County, a 76-year old female from Harrison County, and a 76-year old male from Raleigh County.


June 23 - DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a 68-year old female from Cabell County and a 73-year old male from Raleigh County.


“Every life lost to this pandemic is a tragedy. Our thoughts go out to the families,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “Choosing to have a COVID vaccine means choosing to help stop the loss of lives due to the pandemic.  We each have a role to play in building community immunity in West Virginia.”


Local News



West Virginia officials praise improved COVID-19 data (WV News)

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters May Be Needed (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

Vaccinations remain priority as virus variants expected to keep spreading (The Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

With face mask mandate over, businesses enforce own mask rules (WCHS-TV)



Clendenin: five years after the 2016 floods (WOWK-TV)

Five years after 'worst in a century' floods, progress is slow to repair the damage and prepare for the next disaster (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

Marion County Office of Emergency Management starts damage assessment after severe flooding (WBOY-TV)

Mountwood Park making swift recovery after flooding (WTAP-TV)

Strong Storms Soak the Ohio Valley (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

Officials warn travelers to stay out of Cameron tonight over storm (WTRF-TV)

Storms cause power outages in West Virginia (WOWK-TV)





Fauci Warns Dangerous Delta Variant Is the Greatest Threat to U.S. COVID Efforts (NPR)

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic (Associated Press/AP)

Biden urges shots for young adults as variant concern grows (AP

With Mass Vaccination Sites Winding Down, It’s All About the ‘Ground Game’ (New York Times)

Jill Biden Touts Vaccine in Poorly Inoculated Mississippi (US News & World Report) also see USA Today

Federal program to reimburse families for COVID-19 funeral expenses has paid 20% of applicants in Indiana (WTHR-TV - Indiana)




Biden to help governors prep for extreme weather (Rueters)

Biden: $13 wage for federal firefighters 'ridiculously low' (USA Today)

Biden vows to raise pay for federal wildland firefighters (AXIOS) - also see Kansas Reflector

"Critical" fire weather conditions in the West, National Weather Service warns (CBS)

Western Wildfires Force Evacuations, Shut Down Recreation (USA Today)


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