With COVID-19 reaching pandemic proportions, you may wonder what all of this means for kids. The biggest takeaway is this: Preliminary data suggest that children only experience minor symptoms from the coronavirus. Still, keeping kids safe and healthy during these unprecedented times will take collaboration and coordination. If you have any ideas or information to share, please email us.
If I think my child’s sick, whom should I contact? Stay home and call your child’s primary care provider. We know that not all kids have primary care providers, so don’t be concerned. If your child does not have a regular doctor, call the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource’s hotline 1-800-887-4304. Visit this page for comprehensive instructions.
West Virginia’s public schools are closed. How do I connect with feeding sites in my county while schools are not in session? The West Virginia Department of Education’s Feeding Site Information Page lists guidance and resources by county. If you’d like to volunteer to help address food insecurity in your community, join this Facebook group.
As of March 25, the State of West Virginia stopped providing child care for parents working in jobs deemed non-essential.
However, WV DHHR, Bureau for Children and Families (BCF), Division of Early Care and Education (ECE) is continuing to ensure that COVID -19 essential workers have access to this care.
All interested licensed and certified child care programs, as well as those agencies who wish to provide care on site to their employees of essential workers, must complete a health and safety checklist and submit the registration form and checklist via email at ECEProviders@wv.gov.
Anyone who meets the definition of an essential worker qualifies for child care assistance. Contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency to apply. If found eligible the CCR&R case manager will issue a regular 12-month Child Care Certificate.
I’m recently unemployed. How do I file an unemployment claim? Contact Workforce West Virginia. Due to high volume, they suggest you apply during evening or morning hours.
WVPath is where you can go to see if you qualify for assistance such as SNAP, child care support, and health care. There is a screen for assistance wizard that makes the process easy. And there’s great news: Medicaid and CHIP have extended their redetermination periods for three months. No additional action is required. SNAP is extending its certification period for one additional month. You don’t need to take further action.
Are you interested in volunteering? Contact Volunteer West Virginia for current opportunities.
For further information about health care: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources: Coronavirus Disease 2019
For further information about schools: West Virginia Department of Education: Coronavirus 19 Information
World Health Organization: COVID-19: IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations
CDC: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) and Children
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to Children About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book Online: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infections (updated often)
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
PBS: 10 tips for talking about COVID-19 with your kids
NICHQ: Supporting Children’s Health During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Child Trends: Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Zero to Three: Tips for Families: Coronavirus
Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Children — United States, February 12–April 2, 2020– CDC MMWR, April 6, 2020
Coverage and Benefits Related to COVID-19 Medicaid and CHIP – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid and CHIP Provisions Explained– Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, Center for Children and Families
Coronavirus Resources– The National Health Law Program
State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus– Kaiser Family Foundation
State Medicaid and CHIP Strategies to Respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis– State Health and Value Strategies, Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs