UPDATE (3/19/20 3:58 p.m.):
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., released a statement on the scheduled closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
“I have done everything in my power to keep Fairmont Regional Medical Center open and operating. Unfortunately, it is closing tonight. Our state, nation and world are facing an unprecedented pandemic in the wake of the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the closing of FRMC only creates additional uncertainty. I have received a commitment from Lex Reddy with FRMC to keep the hospital in pristine condition upon closing so it will remain ready to be reopened if the pandemic requires it. Albert Wright at West Virginia University also committed to me that if need be they will operate FRMC under emergency circumstances so people in Marion County will not go without treatment if this horrible virus continues to spread.”Sen. Joe Manchin
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ORIGINAL STORY (3/19/20 1:21 p.m.):
Marion County lawmakers have sent a letter to Gov. Jim Justice asking him to take executive action to keep Fairmont Regional Medical Center operational in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.
Del. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, Del. Linda Longstreth, D-Marion, and Del. Michael Angelucci, D-Marion, sent the letter to Justice on Thursday.
In the letter, the delegates state that they have met with their House of Delegates colleagues and the Chamber of Commerce about the situation. They are urging Justice to take action in order to ensure that there are enough facilities available for prevention and treatment during the pandemic.
Fairmont Regional Medical Center is scheduled to close Thursday at 5 p.m.