WV Gov. Justice updates church outbreaks, gives opinion on Confederate statues during Wednesday COVID-19 briefing


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Following his new three day per week schedule, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held his latest COVID-19 virtual news briefing Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Justice gave an update on outbreaks in churches in the state. There have been six church-related outbreaks in six counties. There are three active outbreaks in Boone, Greenbrier and Ohio counties, with three others resolved, according to the governor. If mask and social distancing guidelines aren’t followed “we’re asking for it,” Justice said. “If you don’t listen and don’t wear your mask, you’re going to have loved ones die.”

Gov. Justice also gave an update on the COVID-19 situation in the state’s prisons and jails. There are 13 active cases in four jails and two prisons, he said. There is one case each in the Central, Eastern and North Central regional jails, three in the South Central Regional Jail, six in the Huttonsvile Correctional Center and one in the Salem Correctional Center, according to the WV DHHR’s website.

When asked for his opinion on whether Confederate statues should be removed from government property, Justice said that he doesn’t think he has any right to make a decision, that it is a legislative right. He went on to say that he doesn’t think anyone should feel uncomfortable at the state capitol.

Justice also said that nearly $10 million in CARES ACT funding is going out to counties and cities in the state.

The idea of schools in the state holding proms will not be an option, Justice said.

Justice, who had been holding daily briefings, on weekdays since March, switched to a three day per week schedule, this week.

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