WEST VIRGINIA LEADING NATION IN ASSISTED LIVING
On Thursday, Gov. Justice announced that an effort to test all residents
and staff members at every assisted living facility in West Virginia is
The action came after the Governor’s Executive Order
yesterday made West Virginia the first state in the nation to require
all-inclusive assisted living facility testing statewide.
“I love it when I’m able to report to you over and over that West
Virginia is the first in something,” Gov. Justice said. “We are setting a
national example. People are paying attention to West Virginia and the
fruits will be numerous as we go forward.”
Last month, at the direction of Gov. Justice, West Virginia
became the first state in the nation to require COVID-19 testing for all
nursing home residents and staff statewide.
In the time since, several other
states have begun to follow suit.
“We had issues popping up in our nursing homes,” Gov. Justice said. “But
then we – all West Virginians – we were proactive, we pushed the right
buttons, we moved decisively and we moved fast and our numbers have
“The one thing that I’ve learned in all of the business work that I’ve
done is that opportunity doesn’t stand there and look at you forever. You
can’t study stuff to death. You can’t have 15 committees. Somebody’s got
to make a decision. And we made the decision to test all the nursing
homes, a good decision, we were the first state in the nation to do that.
“When you’re the state that’s leading the way, it is good stuff. We led
the way in being proactive and, by leading the way, we’ve produced