WV Gov. Jim Justice & state officials offer updates during Thursday COVID-19 briefing


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and state officials held the latest virtual briefing on how the state is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday afternoon.

Justice began by mentioning the state’s second COVID-19-related death that was reported Wednesday evening in Jackson County and asking for prayers for the patient’s family.

On behalf of state water utility groups, the governor also asked West Virginians to not flush wipes down their toilets, because it is causing issues with wastewater treatment facilities, he said.

Justice wrapped up his remarks quickly before handing the briefing over to state officials.

Speaking on a request from a bi-partisan group of state legislative leaders to close schools for the rest of the year, WV Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch said it was “quite disheartening that we would have a divided message on the closure of schools.” You can watch Burch’s full reaction below:

When pressed, by a reporter, on the decision to not close schools for the rest of the year, Gov. Justice said that it was not necessary to make that decision at this time and that he was “not ready to throw the towel in as of yet.” You can watch the governor’s full answer below:

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey talked about a large number of consumer complaints that his office has received related to landlord/tenant issues and price gouging on commonly-used goods. His office will be investigating each of the complaints it receives, Morrisey said.

Speaking on the topic of whether people should be wearing masks in public, WV coronavirus “Czar” Dr. Clay Marsh said that wearing some type of face covering would serve more to keep individuals from exposing others to droplets from their mouths than to protect them from others. Marsh also encouraged average citizens to not purchase medical masks, so that they could be reserved for health care workers.

WV National Guard Maj. Gen. James Hoyer shared a video(see below) of National Guard members training workers at Walmart on the proper techniques for using PPE.

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