WV Gov. Justice announces quarantine order for some out of state travelers, closes state campgrounds


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held a virtual news briefing on the state’s coronavirus response Monday afternoon.

Justice began by mentioning that he and his wife were praying for the family of the 88-year-old woman who died from coronavirus on Sunday. The governor urged people to continue to stay home and heed the advice of health experts.

It’s National Doctors Day and Gov. Justice announced that he had proclaimed the same thing in West Virginia.

Justice also announced that he is closing all state park campgrounds, primarily because people from other states are coming to use them, he said. The Coopers Rock and Blackwater Falls overlooks are also being closed, because large groups are congregating at them, Justice said.

The governor will also issue an executive order that says that anyone coming from a high-risk area like New York, Louisiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, Italy or China, should self-quarantine for 14 days, Justice announced. He is directing the WV State Police to monitor people crossing state lines to insure they follow the quarantine order. Anyone who does follow the quarantine order could be charged with obstruction of justice, the governor said. Justice said the order does not refer to travelers and truck drivers who are moving through the state, but people who are looking to escape from high-risk areas long-term. The order makes allowances for interstate travel, essential workers coming into the state, and others, officials said.

Justice also said that he participated in a briefing, along with other governors, with President Trump and Vice President Pence on Monday morning.

Gov. Jim Justice and state officials participate in a briefing President Trump on Monday

When asked about the possibility of delaying the May 12 Primary election, Justice said that all options are being explored, but no decision to postpone the Primary has been made.

Dow is donating 40,000 pounds of hand sanitizer, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer said.

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