Last updated March 27 at 6:18 p.m. EDT
West Virginia has 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after testing 1,898 people. So far, 1,779 of the tests have come back negative and 43 are pending, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. This makes it one of the states with the fewest confirmed US coronavirus cases.
Some now-confirmed COVID-19 patients in West Virginia have reported serious difficulties getting tested, although testing has since sped up significantly in the state. This map keeps track of all available testing sites in West Virginia. The state asks that you call your doctor for medical advice before visiting one of these sites More information on testing criteria in West Virginia is available here.
One March 23, Gov. Jim Justice issued a “Stay At Home” order to West Virginians.
“It’s important that all of us understand the magnitude of this situation today,” Justice said in a statement. “The magnitude is unbelievable. It’s the biggest event for any living person in the United States today, period."
The order prohibits visiting friends and family without urgent need, visiting hospital patients, and work outside the home not deemed "essential." It mandates that West Virginians maintain six feet of distance from one another.
Grocery shopping, essential healthcare errands like visiting a pharmacy, care for friends and family members, veterinarian appoinments, restaurant take-out, and walks, bike rides, and other similar activities are still permitted as long as six feet of distance is maintained.
“This disease is really serious stuff. Please stay home, please listen to our order, and please in every way shape, form, or fashion keep consulting your God above and absolutely every one of us will get through this,” Justice said.
On March 19, the governor ordered the closure of all hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons. He also issued an order mandating the maximum provision of unemployment benefits to impacted individuals allowed under federal law.
On March 18, the governor issued an executive order limiting bars and restaurants to carryout, drive-through, and delivery. The order also shut all casinos in the state.
On March 17, Justice mandated the closure of all restaurants, bars and casinos, according to Metro News.
On March 13, Justice announced that all public K-12 schools would be closed for the foreseeable future. Last week the governor issued a travel ban for all state employees and requested that citizens of West Virginia reconsider any non-essential travel. Government agencies were also told to avoid having large meetings or gatherings.
Cases by county:
- Berkeley: 2
- Harrison: 3
- Jackson: 4
- Jefferson: 3
- Kanawha: 5
- Logan: 1
- Marion: 1
- Marshall: 2
- Mercer: 2
- Monongalia: 18
- Ohio: 2
- Preston: 2
- Putnam: 2
- Raleigh: 1
- Tucker: 2
- Wood: 1
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