CHARLESTON, W.Va. – During his Friday COVID-19 briefing, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced dates when sports can resume in the state, along with warnings for residents to avoid large gatherings.
Low contact youth sports, which include things like baseball, soccer and equestrian events, will be allowed to begin practices on June 8 and games on June 22, Justice said. Spectators will be allowed at the games if they follow mandatory social distancing guidelines, the governor said.
Summer training for high school sports and bands can also begin on June 8, Justice said. All remaining adult sports facilities, including indoor tennis and racquetball and outdoor basketball courts will also be able to reopen on June 8th, the governor continued.
Justice also gave an update on the outbreak at the Huttonsville Correctional Center, where 116 inmates have now tested positive. Ten inmate tests are still pending, according to a DHHR report. No additional positives among prison staff have been reported, the governor said. Free community testing will be available at two locations in Randolph County on Saturday.
Gov. Justice also talked briefly about a recent livestock auction in Jackson County, where 700 people attended. That event has led to at least two positive COVID-19 tests, Justice said.
When asked about state revenues, Gov. Justice said that he believes the state’s cash flow is “rock solid” through the end of the year and that it is unnecessary to call the state legislature into a special session.
WV National Guard officials announced that 109 Mountaineer Challenge Academy cadets will be coming back to Camp Dawson in Preston County to finish testing to be able to complete the program.