|CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).|
Gov. Jim Justice said today that West Virginians continue to “really do the things that are making a difference” in the battle to limit COVID-19 in the state and encouraged residents to “cripple the virus by staying home and if you are out keep practicing social distancing.”
The Governor also reported that the backlog of unemployment claims being filed with Workforce West Virginia is being quickly addressed thanks to the continued hard work of Workforce employees and with the assistance of the West Virginia National Guard.
“I can very, very proudly tell you that in one day 28,500 claims were processed so we’re catching up and we’re catching up fast,” Gov. Justice said. “I’m so appreciative of the work that our Workforce employees are doing and to the National Guard for stepping up and helping out in a big, big way,” Gov. Justice said.
“Today, I can also report that Workforce West Virginia will begin distributing the additional $600 in federal unemployment compensation provided by the Cares Act for unemployment claimants. So that’s a big bump for those who are unemployed.”
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Addressing repeated inquiries about the number of citizens that are being tested, Gov. Justice said that .559 percent of West Virginians have been tested as compared to .592 percent nationwide.
“We’re almost step for step with what’s going on across the entire nation,” Gov. Justice stated. “And when it comes to our neighboring states - Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia - we are second, and only slightly behind Pennsylvania, in the percentage of the population being tested, and we’re the lowest of all these states in positive tests,” Gov. Justice added. “Our percentage of positives dropped from 3.47 percent yesterday to 3.42 percent today and that’s compared to 18.51 percent nationally.
“I salute all of our medical personnel, our frontline workers, our first responders, and our citizens. We’re doing it West Virginia, stay ahead of the curve so keep on, keeping on.”
Gov. Justice reported that four patients and one employee have tested positive at Eastbrook Center Nursing Home in Charleston for COVID-19 with 69 testing negative and 52 other tests still pending. All other staff that weren’t tested Monday have been contacted to make appointments for testing.
“We’re on top of that situation,” Gov. Justice said. “It’s of great concern especially in a nursing home setting, we just don’t want that. But we’re doing everything we can to address it.”