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.
The death toll in West Virginia’s neighboring states was the focus of Gov. Justice’s opening remarks on Wednesday. The Mountain State has 350 deaths. That is one third of those in the closest state which is Kentucky with a death toll of 1,170. Despite that news, the Governor stated each of those who have passed away in WV should be honored and remembered. He then listed those who passed away since his briefing on Monday.
The Rt factor is 0.94 which is 11th best in the country. Testing is continuing across the state to identify those who may be super-spreaders. The focus is on counties which are in Gold or Orange on the County Alert System.
Free testing is being held in Boone County. This will be a recurring event and will be held every Thursday at the Boone County Health Department. There will be testing during the day at George Washington High School on Thursday as well.
The Governor asked people to please remember to get their Flu shots. He will receive his shot during the briefing on Friday, Oct. 3, 2020. He said this is especially important while we are under the pandemic.
There are now 10 outbreaks at churches. There is a new one in McDowell County. Fayette County is also showing an active outbreak at a church. Those who attend church are asked to wear masks and social distance.
The deadline to apply for a small business grant due to the COVID-19 pandemic is midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The DHHR and the WV National Guard is working with the Higher Education Policy Commission to ensure the college community can conduct surveillance testing. This will help take a burden of testing off of local health departments.
The final WV National Guard armory will have WiFi online soon. This is part of the Kids Connect Initiative.