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W.Va. Governor Calls for More Testing as Prison Cases Rise

May 27th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday said he wants widespread coronavirus testing at all the state's correctional facilities as cases continue to rise inside a rural prison. At least 83 inmates and eight staffers at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County have tested positive for the virus, according to state records. Around 600 tests are still pending. Justice, a Republican, did not give a timeline on when testing at all the state's lockups would begin, but he said it should happen as quickly as possible. Corrections department data show few inmates have been tested outside of the Huttonsville facility.

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