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1CHARLESTON — The West Virginia DMV will allow some of its regional offices to resume services by appointment next week, officials said last week.

DMV Commissioner Everett Frazier said appointments began May 26 for in-person services such as getting an original identification card.

Appointments will be available at offices in Charleston, Winfield, Beckley, Charles Town, Huntington, Moundsville, Fairmont, Flatwoods, Romney and Parkersburg. The DMV is scheduled to launch an online appointment scheduling app sometime this week.

Driver skill examinations will also resumed on May 26.

Frazier also announced he is allowing driver’s licenses, instructional permits and vehicle registrations that expired March 1 or later to be valid until August 1.

Unemployment

hits 15 percent

as virus hammers economy

2CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s unemployment rate rose to 15 percent last month as the coronavirus pandemic continues to level the state’s economy, according to figures released last week.

Officials said the unemployment rate jumped 9 percentage points in April as the number of jobless West Virginians boomed amid the widespread virus closures.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice, along with governors across the country, is pushing forward with a plan to lift virus restrictions on businesses in a desperate bid to restart the economy. On Thursday, he will allow the reopening of restaurants, tanning salons, malls, big box stores, all-terrain vehicle rentals, campgrounds, the Hatfield-McCoy trails and whitewater rafting and zipline businesses.

State officials have said they have already processed more than 164,000 unemployment claims since mid-March. Nationwide, around 36 million laid-off workers have filed for jobless aid since the outbreak began.

The governor is also allowing cabins, lodges, bars at half-capacity, museums and zoos to reopen on May 26. On May 30, spas and video lottery retailers can resume operations. Casinos can reopen June 5.

Justice’s plan to lift restrictions hinges on the state’s positive test rate staying under 3 percent for three days, loosening a previous goal of having the number of new cases drop for two weeks. Clay Marsh, a West Virginia University official leading the state’s virus response, has said the state has enough downward trending indicators to ease restrictions.

Statewide, at least 68 people have died from the virus and around 1,500 have tested positive, according to health officials.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the highly contagious virus can cause severe symptoms and be fatal. The vast majority of people recover.

West Virginia to

offer discounts

on park lodging

3CHARLESTON — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday announced that he’s going to offer discount lodging at state parks to show his appreciation for people’s actions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican said in-state residents renting lodges, cabins or campsites can get a 30 percent discount for stays between June 1 and August 31.

“At the end of the day, all West Virginians have been heroes throughout these unusual times,” he said. “Because of the resiliency and strength you have shown, following the advice of our experts, our state has seen some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

Residents can book reservations on the state parks website to claim the discount. People with existing reservations should see the discount appear automatically within two weeks.

Nearly 5K file

for jobless aid

4CHARLESTON — Almost 5,000 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to federal data released Thursday.

The new applications come as nearly 39 million Americans have sought jobless aid since the outbreak began two months ago and forced businesses to shut their doors.

West Virginia’s unemployment rate has hit 15 percent and the state has processed more than 164,000 unemployment claims since March, officials said.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice is pushing forward with an aggressive plan to lift virus restrictions on businesses. Last week, he allowed the reopening of restaurants, tanning salons, malls, big box stores, all-terrain vehicle rentals, campgrounds, the Hatfield-McCoy trails and whitewater rafting and zipline businesses.

The governor also let cabins, lodges, bars at half-capacity, museums and zoos reopen on May 26. On May 30, spas and video lottery retailers can resume operations. Casinos can reopen June 5.

Justice’s plan to lift restrictions hinges on the state’s positive test rate staying under 3 percent for three days, loosening a previous goal of having the number of new cases drop for two weeks. Clay Marsh, a West Virginia University official leading the state’s virus response, has said the state has enough downward trending indicators to ease restrictions.

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