How COVID-19 Will Change West Virginia’s Health System


On this West Virginia Morning, we have a conversation with coronavirus czar Dr. Clay Marsh. Also, we speak with Kentucky attorney and author Cassie Chambers about her memoir “Hill Women.”

West Virginians following the state’s coronavirus response have heard a lot from Dr. Clay Marsh. Marsh is with West Virginia University’s Department of Health Sciences and was appointed as Governor Jim Justice’s COVID-19 Czar.

Marsh has spent decades working in healthcare and is a central figure in the state’s reopening plans. So, he knows that for hospitals, COVID-19 has taken a toll. When the state was in quarantine mode, hospitals delayed and canceled many medical procedures. People shied away from elective surgeries that are just the kind of procedures that make money for hospitals. As a result, revenues are down and some health care systems have laid off staff to keep costs down.

Recently, Justice lifted those restrictions to allow elective medical procedures. Trey Kay, host of WVPB’s program Us &Them, spoke with Dr. Marsh about what comes next for the state’s medical systems.

Cassie Chambers is an attorney in Lexington, Kentucky. In January, she released her memoir “Hill Women” in which she examines life in eastern Kentucky through the eyes of three generations of women in her family. Chambers spoke with Eric Douglas via Skype to discuss the book.

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