WV Gov. Justice addresses Myrtle Beach-related COVID-19 cases during Monday briefing

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s virtual COVID-19 news briefing, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, began an hour late, due to “a family medical emergency,” Justice said.

If active case numbers continue to rise, Gov. Justice will look at pulling back on reopening plans, he said. “If we get to a situation where we have to make wearing masks mandatory, then I’ll do it, but it will divide people,” Justice said.

So far, there have been nearly 50 coronavirus cases around the state related to residents who’ve taken vacations to Myrtle Beach, the governor said. “If you don’t have to travel out of state, don’t do it,” Justice said. If you choose to visit Myrtle Beach, Gov. Justice encourages you to get tested.

The governor also provided an update on active COVID-19 cases in the state prison and jail system, with six cases at the Huttonsville Correctional Center, he said. There are no longer any active cases in other facilities.

Nearly $12 million in CARES Act funds have been sent out cities and counties in the state, Justice said.

The state can make it “cash-wise” through the end of the year, Justice said, while promising to provide more details on the state’s financial situation on Wednesday.

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