WV Gov. Justice urges churches to follow COVID-19 guidelines, announces nursing home visitations


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice resumed his virtual COVID-19 news briefings on Wednesday, after taking a day off for the Primary Election.

Justice said that since in-person church services have resumed, the state has seen at least four church-related outbreaks with five to eight positives in each instance. Gov. Justice encouraged churches to follow social distancing guidelines to prevent further outbreaks.

Justice also provided an update on testing in the state prison and jail system, saying the state was on track to finish the testing by June 12. There are now only five active cases at Huttonsville Correctional Center and 116 inmates have recovered, Justice said.

The governor announced that nursing home residents can begin having limited visits on June 17, if the facility has had no active cases for past 14 days. The visits will be by appointment only and the facility will have to be certified through the DHHR first, Justice said.

Justice also announced that the state Board of Education will be issuing guidelines for both graduation and school reentry today.

Gov. Justice also provided an update on CARES Act applications from cities and counties, saying that 44 applications have been received.

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