CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held his latest virtual press briefing on the state’s Coronavirus response on Tuesday afternoon.
Justice began the briefing with an update on the community transmission situation at Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown.
Justice then said 7,000 unemployment claims were processed Monday and that officials were working cut out red tape associated with making claims.
The governor also mentioned the anti-malaria drug that Mylan Pharmaceuticals, in Morgantown is producing, which some officials have said may help with Coronavirus symptoms.
Justice also promoted a state day of prayer event set for Noon on Wednesday.
National Guard officials said that more information would come out Tuesday on what they governor has directed the Guard to do.
When asked about how the now-closed Fairmont Regional Medical Center could be used in the Coronavirus response, Gov. Justice said that building could be put to use in an overflow situation. Justice also said that he’d like to see the certificate of need process sped up to get WVU Medicine in operation at FRMC building faster. State health officials followed that comment up by saying that state law prevented a faster certificate of need process. Justice than asked that he be given until Wednesday to try to come up with another solution to the issue.
State health officials offered a website for anyone who is interested in volunteering to help with the situation in West Virginia.
The address came one day after Gov. Justice issued an executive “stay at home” order, which takes effect at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.