CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and state officials provided the latest update on the state’ s response to the coronavirus pandemic during another virtual news briefing, Tuesday afternoon.
Justice began by announcing two new executive orders he is issuing, one stopping all elective medical procedures as of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and another shutting down all private campgrounds to all new arrivals from out of state. The elective procedures ban is intended to help keep PPE available for necessary medical care, Justice said.
Gov. Justice was asked several questions about his executive order from Monday that quarantines out of state travelers for 14 days. He summed it up by saying that the order is aimed at discouraging anyone from out of state from coming into West Virginia. You can watch the governor’s full response below:
Justice said that he would be meeting with state officials Tuesday afternoon to discuss options on how to hold the May 12 Primary Election.
The governor talked about the announced closure of Williamson Memorial Hospital in Mingo County. Justice said he was ready to help try to keep the hospital open, as he did with the Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
Justice also urged residents to fill out their U.S. Census forms, to prevent census takers from having to come to their homes.
The governor also urged landlords to be kind to tenants as rent comes due with the first of the month.
At Monday’s briefing, Justice talked about the state’s first coronavirus-related death, an 88-year-old woman from Marion County and issued an executive order closing campgrounds at West Virginia State Parks, overlooks at Coopers Rock State Forest and Blackwater Falls State Park and instituting a 14 day quarantine for people coming into the state from coronavirus “hot spots.”
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