Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
West Virginia’s active COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue a steady climb upward.
The Friday report from the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) shows 3,414 active cases, a jump of nearly 400 from the day before.
The telltale number of COVID-19, hospitalizations, jumped up 20 in one day, and now stands at 361. Sixty four patients are in the ICU and 19 are on ventilators.
The state’s COVID-19 death count stands at 7,184, with 11 added to Friday’s DHHR report.
In a release, DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch urged West Virginians to “make the choice to be up-to-date with COVID vaccines and boosters to help stop this loss of life.”
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