Coronavirus Pandemic Inspiring More W.Va. Families To Reconnect With Homemaking


On this West Virginia Morning, returning to old traditions in the time of the novel coronavirus. And we hear how one clinic that serves some of West Virginia’s most vulnerable is adapting to the crisis. But first, spring has sprung!

Wildflowers and trees are starting to bud and show their green…but are they in sync? The Allegheny Front’s Kara Holsopple headed out before the coronavirus shutdown with researchers who are studying the impact of climate change on the timing of nature.

For weeks now, many West Virginians have been sheltering at home. Either out of necessity or just to pass the time, some are turning back to traditional Appalachian practices — things like gardening, sewing and baking.

With schools shut down, one mother in the Eastern Panhandle has found herself homeschooling her daughters and incorporating some traditions into the day. Folkways reporter Caitlin Tan brings us this story.

Have you found yourself returning to homemaking things in this time of social distancing? We’d love to hear from you! Send an email to

Free charitable health clinics like West Virginia Health Right play an important role helping those in poverty or those without insurance get access to necessary medical care. But the medical and financial impacts of the coronavirus are putting a large strain on Health Right and organizations like it. In response to the pandemic, West Virginia Health Right is now offering testing to our most vulnerable communities at a mobile clinic at Manna Meal Soup Kitchen in Charleston. Corey Knollinger recently spoke with West Virginia Health Right CEO and Executive Director Dr. Angie Settle about how the organization is adapting in these times.

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