Marshall University’s main focus is the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students as well as our community. You can find additional information about COVID-19 below such as FAQs, Telecommuting, Leave Info, and Help Guides. For complete Marshall University news/updates related to COVID-19, please go to MU Update Page.
- Emergency Sick Leave – Families First Corona Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. See Additional Information and Apply
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
- COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers
- COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers
HR Administrative Procedure
- Car and Mortgage Help
Contact your lender immediately if you will have trouble making your car payment. This will help keep your credit in good standing.
Many lenders are now offering special forbearance programs that can help for the next few months. Examples: payment deferrals, reduced payments or extending the loan reducing the monthly payments.
Contact your lender to see what they are offering as it varies by lender and manufacture.
- American Family Insurance
- Erie Insurance
- Forbes Magazine
- Liberty Mutual
- State Farm
- The General
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has information listed on their website to assist individuals in understanding the mortgage relief provided to homeowners under the CARES Act. They also have a video explaining the process.
- Family Fun Ideas
- Financial Help
Here is what you need to know about your Economic Impact Payment. For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.
- Economic Impact Payment
- Social Security Recipients Will Automatically Receive Economic Impact Payments
Impact of the CARES Act on the West Virginia Higher Education Retirement Plans
- The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (the Commission) wants to make you aware of your retirement plan options as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Key Highlights Include
- RMDs suspended
- Retirement plan withdrawals expanded with penalties waived
- Retirement plan loan limits increased
- Individual recovery checks and student loan relief available
Retirement Loans & Withdrawals
Virtual Financial Counseling Sessions
- You can access virtual counseling by phone or on any device, and get advice and education about your retirement savings, managing debt and your investment strategy. Both are highly secure and private.
- Food Programs and Restaurant Options
Food Programs for Kids and Families
Kentucky Feeding Programs
- Facing Hunger Foodbank – Huntington Office (only one in tristate), People can also donate to this location if they wanted to help the community.
- Mountaineer Foodbank – Kanawha County Availability (no closer counties available)
- SNAP Program – The West Virginia Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits to help eligible households buy food.
- Summer Food Service Program – The West Virginia Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides nutritious meals to children ages 18 and under, when school is not in session.
Area Food Banks and Pantries
Delivery Options (Outside of Pizza options)
- Oscar’s Breakfast, Burgers & Brews – 304-948-6916
- Calamity J Grill, will deliver within a 5 mile radius, 304-529-8100
Restaurants with Family Sized Options Available (Outside of the Pizza Options)
- Bob Evans
- Chick-fil-a, 304-733-4850. You’ll choose from items like nuggets, chicken sandwiches or spicy chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, mac & cheese or chocolate chunk cookies. Your bundle will come with a gallon of brewed iced tea, as well — sweetened or unsweetened
- Qdoba, 304-736-3030 – Qdoba is serving up family meals enough for a group of five. The kits come complete with grilled adobo chicken or steak, cilantro lime rice & black beans, a three cheese queso, pico de gallo, salsa verde, shredded cheese, tortillas, and a large bag of chips.
- Fazoli’s – Fazoli’s has a family meal for $19.99, featuring Fettuccine Alfredo and Spaghetti with meat sauce or marinara, a whole cheese or pepperoni pizza, and 8 breadsticks.
- Cracker Barrell, Barboursville Location, 304-733-3450 – Each contains enough food for around six people, and there are multiple baskets you can choose.
- Longhorn Steakhouse, Barboursville Tanyard Station, 304-955-5541
- Steak ‘N Shake, Barboursville Location 304-733-2051 – You get grab four Double ‘n Cheese steak burgers, four small fries, and four drinks for just 20 bucks from Steak ‘n Shake.
- Texas Roadhouse, Huntington Location 304-521-4443, Ashland Location 606-325-5188 – This Texas Roadhouse offering four entrees like the New York Strip, pulled pork, and ribs, as well as a giant house salad, four sides, and rolls with their delicious cinnamon honey butter.
- Captain D’s
- The Wild Ramp
- Mental Help
Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line. Professionally trained, mental health staff are there to support people who may be suffering from fear or stress created by COVID-19. Optum’s Emotional-Support Help Line number is 866-342-6892 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free of charge and open to all PEIA members.
Centers for Disease Control
- CDC – Stress and Coping
- Physical Help
During the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many of us are very restricted in our movements, it is even more important for people of all ages and abilities to be as active as possible. Even a short break from sitting, by doing 3-5 minutes of physical movement, such as walking or stretching, will help ease muscle strain, relieve mental tension and improve blood circulation and muscle activity. Regular physical activity can also help to give the day a routine and be a way of staying in contact with family and friends.
- What You Can Do to Help Others