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The Governor began his briefing by sharing a bible reading. He stated even as West Virginia struggles through the pandemic, people should just remember God is your lifeline and to keep climbing. He then read the list of those who passed away since his briefing on Friday. The Governor says he does this to show respect for them.
The Rt factor continues to fall. As of Monday, West Virginia is the 12th worst in the nation. That is down from where it was last week. After going over the numbers and the latest on the County Alert System. The Governor stated we have to know where the
Effective immediately, the Governor mandated an increase in testing in counties which are in Orange or Red. This will be done in conjunction with the National Guard. This will help identify cases and reduce community spread.
Free testing will be held in Fayette, Boone and Kanawha Counties as well as others. The Bible Center volunteered to have all of their students and staff tested in conjunction with the National Guard.
The Governor stated again the goal for testing is a minimum of 7,000 tests a day. At this time the projected maximum is about 10,000 tests. Currently the average is just about 4,000.
The Governor took time to honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on Friday. He issued a proclamation lowering flags to half-staff at all state facilities until Justice Ginsburg is buried.
The Governor called out Cory Lilly who helped West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) find a Tennessee man who was kayaking in the area of Kanawha Falls. The man was found alive and suffering from hypothermia. The Governor stated the man is expected to make a full recovery.