COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice, Dr. Marsh discuss COVID-19 response and plans with governors of Ohio, Pennsylvania
CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia COVID-19 Czar Dr. Clay Marsh today joined Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, along with their state health experts, on a call to discuss COVID-19 response plans and to reinforce lines of communication between the states.“Today’s call was very productive and I am glad Dr. Marsh and I could share with the governors what West Virginia is doing that is working right now to help contain the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Justice said. “We agreed to work together and to share knowledge and resources and I truly appreciate Governor DeWine and Governor Wolf for offering their support back to West Virginia. We are all facing an unprecedented challenge and the only way to win this fight against COVID-19 is to work together as a team, as Americans, to share knowledge freely, and that’s exactly what we did and are going to continue to do.”“This is another resource of shared knowledge and information in our toolbox as we continue to work with President Trump and his administration to ensure that we keep West Virginians as safe as possible during this pandemic,” Gov. Justice added. “West Virginia has some of the best medical experts and research facilities in the country,” Dr. Marsh said. “By leveraging all our in-state resources, Gov. Justice and I believe we can make a significant impact on the response to this disease and be able to share vital research and information with our surrounding states. On the call today, both governors were extremely interested in the proactive steps West Virginia has taken thus far considering we are the highest risk state due to the age of our population. As Gov. Justice has said, we want West Virginia to continue being a leader in responding to this pandemic.”For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.
Jordan Damron, Jordan.L.Damron@wv.gov