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Survey ranks West VIrginia No. 1 for COVID-19 response

April 21st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

It may not have been part of his original plan for the state, but Gov. Jim Justice has fulfilled his campaign promise of taking West Virginia to the No. 1 spot in surveys, according to a new study on states' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Virginia tops the list for the best COVID-19 response by any state, a study by reported.

The study based rankings on when each state first saw a confirmed case of COVID-19, when the state declared a state of emergency and when the state issued a stay-at-home order.


"California and New York may be stealing all the national headlines, but West Virginia is the state that more quickly put together a coordinated effort to stop the speed of COVID-19, according to our metrics," reported. "Rather than wait for a problem to arise, West Virginia shuttered schools four days before the state saw its first confirmed case of the coronavirus.

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