CHARLESTON, W.Va. – After listing the state’s most recent COVID-19 deaths, which have taken the state’s total to 275, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice focused on the state’s color-coded map system.
Currently Monongalia County remains in “red,” while 11 counties are in “orange,” Justice said.
Monday at 5:00 p.m. Justice will meet with all of his advisors to talk about adjusting the map system. The governor believes the range that places a county into the “orange” category ” is just plain too wide,” he said.
Justice proposed adding a “gold” category in between “yellow” and “orange.” Should the “gold” category be added, those counties would be able to go to school and play sports, Justice said.
Gov. Justice also wants to look at additional things to shut down in “orange” and “red” counties to make things better, he said.
The governor also proposed putting West Virginia University students who test positive for COVID-19 in a central location to quarantine. If that were to happen, that facility would be counted as “1” like a nursing home or correctional facility, Justice said. The governor also called for expanded testing of everyone involved with WVU.
WVU officials provided 12 News with this statement when asked for reaction to the governor’s comments:
We continue to look at steps to make sure we’re mitigating risk, monitoring WVU cases and accurately reflecting our campus and the community impacts of COVID-19. We continue to work with the Governor’s Office and community leaders on potential solutions.WVU statement
Gov. Justice said the difference between WVU being allowed to play football games and Monongalia County high school football teams not being allowed to play is testing, which is happening at WVU.
Justice also mentioned that the Bible Center School in Kanawha County is ignoring his executive order by going back to school. He called the situation a “crying, pitiful shame.” The school issued a statement on its website. Justice said he will need more legal guidance before taking any action.