WV and National Disaster News - May 20, 2021


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WV Daily COVID Update & Stats for May 20, 2021 (WV DHHR)

DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a 49-year old female from Kanawha County and a 71-year old male from Mercer County.

“We mourn the loss of these West Virginians and send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “Please honor these families by protecting yourself and others with the COVID-19 vaccine.” 

Marsh notes improving coronavirus numbers as good sign (MetroNews-Radio)

Wood County returns to green status on COVID chart (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel)

Although mandate relaxed, face coverings may still be required (The Register-Herald)

Kroger to relax mask policies beginning Thursday (WCHS-TV)

Lewis Commission rescinds COVID-19 policies (Weston Democrat)

State School Board Seeks to Support Teachers Post-COVID, Help Students With Summer Remediation (West Virginia Public Broadcasting-Radio)

FEMA offering financial assistance for families of COVID-19 victims (WCHS-TV)

West Virginia Auditor J.B. McCuskey Offers Help to Local Governments With COVID-19 Aid (The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register)

Capito hosts Biden officials for meeting on infrastructure package (The Parkersburg News and Sentinel)




Vaccine boosters could be necessary as soon as September (Axios)

FDA eases strict Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine rules, allowing longer cold storage (Washington Post)

Why 20 million U.S. doses is good news for vaccine equity, but not nearly enough to close the vaccine gap (Washington Post)

CDC says study of 1,800 U.S. health care workers confirms efficacy of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (Yahoo News)

Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots Raise Tough Issues for Health Authorities (The Wall Street Journal)

Confusing rules, loopholes and legal issues: College vaccination plans are a mess (NBC News)

Covid-19 vaccine rollout for ages 12 to 15 is 'better than expected,' health officials say (CNN)


International COVID

A New, Infectious Coronavirus Is Detected In Malaysia – And It's Coming From Dogs (NPR)



After severe floods, Lake Charles mayor gets 'unexpected call' from Joe Biden. What was said? (The Advocate)

90% chance hurricane season’s 1st system forms soon, NHC says (Orlando Sentinel)

FEMA finally makes payments in Baldwin County, City of Foley still waiting ( NBC News)

FEMA offers lifeline to hundreds of Mid-Michigan flood victims with millions in grants (ABC)


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