|AGGRESSIVE TESTING EFFORTS CONTINUE TO RAMP UP|
During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice announced that he will provide additional CARES Act funding to the West Virginia National Guard and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in support of their efforts, working alongside local health departments, to continue ramping up the Governor’s Aggressive Testing program across the state.
“We need to make provide the resources that our people need to be able to do all this testing, which is why I was happy to push this additional funding through,” Gov. Justice said. “We’re already ramping up our testing significantly. But someway, somehow we’ve got to do even more.”
Earlier this week, the Governor announced that any time a county moves to Red or Orange status, free COVID-19 testing sites will be set up in that county within 24 hours. Testing in these counties will be offered on a continual basis until their numbers improve.
Any time a county moves to Gold status, at least one free testing event per week will be held in that county until their numbers improve.
“I urge everyone to take advantage of the free testing opportunities all over our state,” Gov. Justice said. “As we keep testing and testing, we might identify a few people who didn’t know they had it and stop it from spreading. But more often than not we’re going to get good results. You’ll see the numbers in your county go down and we’ll begin to move in a way to where our kids can go to school, play sports, and do all kinds of other things safely.
“For instance, in Kanawha County, our positivity rate is down to 5.6 percent,” Gov. Justice continued. “If we can get you down below 5 percent, you’d be Gold. You see how close that is? We need to get you there. You have got to go get tested.”