West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia
At a Glance
  • State Population: 1,775,156
  • Local Health Departments: 48
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Flooding, Severe Weather, Infectious Disease Outbreak
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2022: $5,229,883FY 2021: $5,255,093
    FY 2020: $5,196,440
  • Public Health Crisis Response Funding
    COVID-19 2021 funding: $11,481,577COVID-19 2020 funding: $5,000,803
PHEP-Funded Staff
  • Epidemiologists: 2
  • Laboratorians: 5
  • Planners: 1
  • Other: 8*

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

CDC Preparedness Field Staff

1 Preparedness Field Assignee

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
  4. Emergency Public Information and Warning
  5. Volunteer Management
Stories from the Field
West Virginia Hepatitis
PHEP Protects West Virginians During Hepatitis A Outbreak

In West Virginia, the PHEP program has trained staff in management and distribution of medical countermeasures to the public when needs arise. On October 19, 2018, a hepatitis A outbreak in West Virginia reached 1,603 confirmed cases. In response, the state used PHEP funds to manage the outbreak and provided vaccine for more than 5,000 first responders and public health volunteers who might support vaccination efforts all across the state. PHEP, through collaborative efforts, also supported staff who tracked infected residents and others who were possibly exposed and supported a social media campaign informing the public about personal hygiene, symptoms, and where to find treatment or vaccine.

West Virginia Flood
Flooding In West Virginia

On June 23, 2016, 10 inches of rain fell in West Virginia over the course of a few hours, and rivers overflowed their banks by up to 27 feet, causing the third deadliest flood in the state’s history.

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