WATCH: WV Gov. Justice and state officials provide Friday coronavirus update


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and other state officials held their latest news briefing on the state’s coronavirus response Friday afternoon.

Justice addressed incorrect reports of the state’s first coronavirus-related death. The governor said he has been given two different incorrect death reports from senior officials in recent days. Justice said that he is starting additional safeguards to make sure death reports are correct moving forward. The governor did not elaborate on how that would be done. Justice said the false reports were “inexcusable in my book.” DHHR officials said they are looking at changing their protocols for death reports, including getting a second confirmation of the death, most likely directly from the hospital.

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner talked about mail-in ballots being available for all voters. Warner also talked about the need for poll workers for the May 12 primary.

WV National Guard officials said they are looking at both producing masks and decontaminating existing masks.

Officials also detailed shipments of masks being sent out first responders and corrections officers around the state. As of 7:00 a.m. Friday, no corrections employee or inmate has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

Justice also sent his prayers to the Elkins police officer who was shot in the line of duty Thursday evening.

On Thursday, Justice gave updates on his discussions with President Trump, the state’s progress on getting medical supplies, the outbreak of cases at Morgantown’s Sundale Nursing Home, among other things.

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