UPDATE(March 26 1:32 p.m.)
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held another virtual news briefing Thursday afternoon.
Gov. Jim Justice spoke to the White House twice Wednesday, asking for help with supplies, he said. Massive amounts of effort are going into obtaining supplies, Justice said. WV National Guard Maj. General James Hoyer said the state is working to source 5 million masks, 2.5 million N-95 respirators and other medical gear. A warehouse system has been set up to get equipment out to where it is needed within 24 hours, Hoyer said. In addition to the 30 PAPR units that were sent to WVU Medicine Wednesday, Hoyer said that 30 units have been sent to CAMC and that the state was expecting more of the units from a manufacturer in Maryland.
The state helping with the outbreak at Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown and that officials are looking at potentially moving either the sick or well residents to another facility, Justice said.
The governor appointed WVU’s Dr. Clay Marsh as the state’s COVID-19 czar, he said. Marsh has been on loan from WVU, Justice said.
Justice also mentioned that work was being done to have WVU Medicine get Fairmont Regional Medical Center re-opened as soon as possible.
Calling it a “shot across the bow,” Justice strongly reminded anyone coming from New York or any other Coronavirus hotspot to self quarantine for 14 days if they come to West Virginia.
On the food front, Gen. Hoyer commended the Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway for packing 1,073 30 day family food packs. Hoyer has also been in contact with State Schools Supt. Clayton Burch to make sure food service continues for students even through pre-scheduled spring breaks, he said.
State health officials announced that childcare centers should only be providing care for the children of essential workers.
Gov. Justice also announced that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources was instituting a 30 day grace period, starting Thursday, stating that residents would not need fishing licenses.