CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — Gov. Justice and state officials provide an update for media on COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.
Governor Justice opened his briefing by saying that West Virginia had lost 23 more lives since Monday. That 553 West Virginians had passed away due to COVID-19 including a 41-year old man from Fayette County.
“Please keep all these people in your thoughts and prayers.” said Justice.
West Virginia has broken the daily COVID-19 cases record with 885 cases reported since yesterday.
Gov. Justice urged all West Virginians to get tested in your area when the resources are available.
Justice ensured that playing sports was important but protocols must be met in order to move anything further. “I hate it more than you will ever know for those kids.” He urged everyone across the state to remember that being in school takes priority over athletics.
Schools around the Mountain State are seeing 18 outbreaks with 118 confirmed cases inside the school system. Long-term care facilities are experiencing 72 outbreaks. There are 19 COVID-19 outbreaks among churches in WV.
He also confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at Stevens Correctional facility in Welch, WV. A total of 38 inmates and 11 staff members are positive. The rest of the state’s facilities are seeing six positive inmate cases with 34 positive cases among staff.
Governor Justice thanked all veterans for their continued service daily. “We owe everything in this county to these great men and women, some of whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
Before handing his time to the panel, Gov. Justice closed his briefing by inviting all West Virginians to join his virtual Veterans Day ceremony at 1 p.m.