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 Governor began his briefing, as normal, reading off the COVID-19 fatalities since the previous news conference. He stated West Virginians need to protect the elderly.
Taking a look at the numbers, the Governor focused on the steady increase in the cumulative rate. He mentioned the state does not want that to rise above 3-percent. This was previously the cut off to begin shutting down the state. The Governor stated they are already looking at what kind of actions will need to be taken should the rate exceed 3-percent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced they are adopting a color code system. This appears to follow West Virginia’s system.
The Governor reiterated there are two ways for counties to improve on the color code system. This is the infection rate, which is what the state has been doing. The other is the positivity rate which is based on positives versus the number of tests taken. Whichever one is better is how the color code for a county is determined.
The National Guard is standing up free testing in all Gold, Orange and Red ranked counties. Private schools have approached the Governor’s staff with a proposal to test all of their students and staff.