|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).
“Keep the faith, the things that we’re doing are working, stay at home as much as you can, get out and exercise in small groups or by yourself, and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re making real progress but we’ve still got a long way to go with this and we’ve got to stay vigilant.”
Gov. Justice said that supplies for the state’s medical personnel, as well as first responders and correctional workers, keep coming to West Virginia and that “every effort” to obtain and produce additional supplies via numerous sources is being made.“It’s getting better and we’re going to make it happen for those brave people who are out there working around the clock in our battle against this pandemic.”
Earlier in the day, information was released that the first death in West Virginia due to the coronavirus had happened in Monongalia County. However, the information that was given to the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) from an employee at a private nursing home in Morgantown was later deemed to be inaccurate.
Gov. Justice said that future release of information has got to be correct.
“I’m just flat mad about it,” Gov. Justice stated. “I’m truly working in every way to see that we protect every single life here in West Virginia. There is plenty of chaos out there anyway but we’ve got to put the safeguards in place and get it right. This is inexcusable in my book.”
DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said the protocols were being changed and that a second confirmation with hospitals is being put in place to make sure the information being disseminated is accurate.
He also reminded citizens from out-of-state that continue to look at West Virginia as a “getaway” site, that it is “essential” they self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The Governor said if state residents know of violators to report it to local authorities.