Gov. Justice extends school closures to April 20 and tax deadlines to May & July


UPDATE (March 25, 3:15 p.m.)

Gov. Justice held his latest news briefing Wednesday afternoon. He began by extending the West Virginia state income tax filing and payment deadline to July 15. Justice said he is also waiving interest and penalty payments on property taxes to May 1.

Justice also announced that the statewide school closure will continue through April 20.

Justice then handed the briefing over to state health officials and left to contact federal officials, he said.

WV DHHR officials mentioned that the state is working to get more personal protective equipment for health care workers. DHHR officials also said that they would work to better update the COVID-19 statistics on its website, and may be able to offer county-by-county information.

WV National Guard officials talked about the help the Guard is providing health departments in Kanawha and Monongalia counties, where larger numbers of cases have been seen. The Guard is also working to purchase masks for health care workers and is sending PAPRs to WVU Medicine in Morgantown, said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer. The Guard’s parachute shop is also working on prototypes to see if it can manufacture PPE masks, officials said. Guard members are also working with other agencies to prepare 30 day food packages for senior citizens, they said.

UPDATE (March 25, 2:45 p.m.)

Governor Justice is scheduled to provide a virtual news briefing on coronavirus in West Virginia at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

You can watch the news briefing in the live player above, or at this link.

UPDATE(March 25, 6:57 a.m.)

Late Tuesday evening, Gov. Justice’s office announced that his news briefing on the state’s Coronavirus response was being moved from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. No reason was given for the time change, but the 3:00 p.m. briefing notice did not list the same 30 minute time constraint that the original 10:30 a.m. notice came with.

The following is a list of participants in the Day of Prayer service:

Dr. Dan Anderson, President, Appalachian Bible College (Mt. Hope, WV) – Moderator
Dr. John Smith, Teays Valley Missionary Baptist Church – Prayer
Maranatha Baptist Church Choir (Sissonville, WV) – Song
Bishop Mark Brennan, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Pastor Matt Friend, Bible Center Church (Charleston, WV)
Mr. Michael Rowe, Appalachian Bible College (Mt. Hope, WV) – Vocal Solo
Rabbi Joe Blair, Temple Israel-Charleston – Prayer
Mrs. Teresa Bryant, First Baptist Church of Fairlea – Piano Solo
Dr. Mark Johnson, Independent Bible Church (Martinsburg, WV) – Prayer
Mr. Jeff Bryant – Trumpet Solo

You can watch the full Day of Prayer service in the player below.

ORIGINAL STORY(March 24, 9:01 p.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice will be busy Wednesday with two events related to the Coronavirus outbreak scheduled.

The governor’s office announced Tuesday evening that Justice will give his next virtual news briefing at 10:30 a.m. Due to time constraints in the governor’s schedule, the briefing will be limited to 30 minutes, his office said. Previous briefings have lasted more than an hour.

Wednesday’s briefing will come after the WV DHHR announced Tuesday night, that the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in West Virginia shot up to 39.

One of the reasons behind the time constraint is a statewide Day of Prayer service, scheduled for Noon, that will be led by the governor and religious leaders.

The service will include leaders from many different religious backgrounds providing an opportunity for all West Virginians, no matter their religious denomination, to come together in a time of reflection and prayer, according to the governor’s office.

“I really urge everyone to watch it and surely pray with us,” Gov. Justice said. “God above will hear us. He will be the one to get us through this,” he said.

Gov. Justice issued a proclamation, formally declaring March 25, 2020 as an official Day of Prayer in West Virginia.

Both the briefing and the Day of Prayer service will be available on WBOY’s TV stations, and the 12 News app.

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