WV Gov. Justice continues focus on Huttonsville outbreak, orders testing in all state prisons


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is scheduled to give his virtual COVID-19 news briefing at Noon on Thursday, his office announced.

Justice announced that 105 inmates at the Huttonsville Correctional Center have now tested positive for coronavirus. By late in the day, the number of inmates who’ve tested positive had risen to 111, with 433 tests still pending. The governor has now ordered that the nearly 14,000 inmates, staff and contractors in the state prison system be tested.

Gov. Justice also said that expanded community testing near Huttonsville, will be announced over the weekend. Late Thursday, Randolph County health officials detailed that testing.

State officials also provided an update on last weekend’s round of minority-targeted in Cabell, Kanawha, Marion and Monongalia counties. More than 3,000 people were tested, with only six positives reported so far, WV DHHR officials said.

The governor also referenced a Tweet from today from President Donald Trump announcing that he will issue an order this week extending the National Guard’s Title 32 orders through mid-August, so that they can continue to help with pandemic response. Justice and other political leaders have been calling for that extension.

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