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West Virginia Enhanced Testing To Include Mineral County

May 17th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Week 3 of the Gov. Justice reopening plan – West Virginia Strong – The Comeback – is now underway and announcements regarding Week 4 reopenings have been made. The Governor's new Safer At Home order is also in effect. Click on the links to read more:

Additional information about COVID-19 and what West Virginia is doing to combat the virus can be found on Coronavirus.wv.gov.

A list of all of Gov. Justice's actions and executive orders related to COVID-19 are also available online.

 
Friday, May 15: Gov. Justice adds more recreational activities to list of upcoming reopenings
GYMNASTICS, DANCE, CHEERLEADING & MARTIAL ARTS ALLOWED TO RESUME MONDAY
On Friday, Gov. Justice announced that low-contact sports training facilities, such as those for gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, martial arts, and similar recreational activities, will be among those allowed to resume operations on Monday, May 18, provided that these entities follow additional guidelines put in place to keep their patrons and all West Virginians as safe as possible.

Gov. Justice has also issued an executive order, formalizing all of the May 18 reopenings.

Businesses included in each phase of the Governor's reopening plan, West Virginia Strong – The Comeback, are not required to resume operations on any specific date. The plan provides the option for reopening for specific businesses, but only if they are able to do so safely.

OUTDOOR GUIDED FISHING AND ROCK CLIMBING NOW OPEN
Also on Friday, outdoor guided fishing and rock climbing businesses were allowed to reopen, once again provided that these entities follow all necessary safety guidelines.
TESTING MINORITIES AND THE VULNERABLE
Also this week, Gov. Justice got the ball rolling on a plan to increase COVID-19 testing opportunities for minorities and other vulnerable populations across West Virginia.

The plan, which was developed with input from the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, and the West Virginia National Guard, is providing free optional testing to all residents in several counties that are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 transmission.

Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Marion, Mineral, and Monongalia counties have also been identified as areas with vulnerable populations. Testing efforts will take place in these areas in the near future.

GOVERNOR OFFERS CONDOLENCES FOLLOWING AIRMAN DEATH
Additionally, Gov. Justice announced the unexpected passing of West Virginia Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Chris Nasser, offering his condolences for the loss.

“I ask that you’ll join Cathy and I in keeping this National Guardsman in your thoughts and prayers,” Gov. Justice said. “There’s just been a lot of tough news right now. But we’ve got to find a way, as tough, strong, and faithful West Virginians to be able to withstand these tough times.”

Lt. Col. Nasser served as Mission Support Group commander at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg.

PEACE OFFICER MEMORIAL DAY
Gov. Justice issued a proclamation, in accordance with President Trump’s proclamation, ordering that all United States and West Virginia State Flags at the Capitol Complex and all state-owned facilities across West Virginia be displayed at half-staff, from dawn to dusk on Friday, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

“Our police officers give so much and, for some crazy reason, we have gotten in a situation where a lot of people are disrespectful to the first people we call when we have a problem,” Gov. Justice said. “I would encourage all of us to think about how important they are to us.

“Please, in remembrance of those that we've lost and in respect of all of those who are giving us so much all the time, please remember to be thankful.”

DIPG DAY PROCLAMATION
Also Friday, Gov. Justice announced that he has signed a proclamation, officially declaring this upcoming Sunday, May 17, 2020, as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Awareness Day in West Virginia.

Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG, is a rare brain tumor that affects between 150 and 300 children in the United States each year. At this time there is no known cure. DIPG is the leading cause in childhood death due to brain tumors, with a median survival rate of eight to 11 months.

“This is so rare that it’s so important to make people aware all across this state in any way we can,” Gov. Justice said. “And just we hope and pray, someday soon, we’ll have a cure.”

DATA UPDATE
On Friday, Gov. Justice provided the latest overview of statewide data on COVID-19, highlighting that West Virginia’s cumulative percentage of positive test results has dropped, once again, to 2.03 percent.

West Virginia continues to excel in several metrics compared to its surrounding states and the national average. View the latest COVID-19 data at Coronavirus.wv.gov.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS UPDATE
Gov. Justice reported Friday that more than $551 million in unemployment benefits have been paid out from Workforce West Virginia since mid-March.

“Can you just image the work that’s gone in to send out half-a-billion dollars in a month-and-a-half,” Gov. Justice said. “It’s amazing. I know we’ve still got people that are waiting and, to me, until every rock has been turned, we’re not done. But kudos to Workforce West Virginia, the National Guard, and all their teams. You’ve done a lot of good work.”

WEST VIRGINIANS URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN CENSUS
Gov. Justice is again reminding all West Virginians to participate in the 2020 United States Census.

Every West Virginian who does not respond to the Census represents a loss of $20,000 in federal funds over the next 10 years for the state and its local communities. The funds can go toward things like healthcare, education, infrastructure, school lunch programs, and more.

Be counted in minutes: 2020census.gov.

One Response to “West Virginia Enhanced Testing To Include Mineral County”

  1. May 17, 2020 at 12:11 pm, Mark said:

    WTF? Is this WCBC or the ‘Re-Elect Justice’ website??????????????

    Reply

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