In Gov. Jim Justice’s daily virtual press briefing, he said he wouldn’t reopen schools or the state until he is sure it is safe to do so.
Justice began the conference by announcing the 10th death in West Virginia due to the coronavirus. He also said cases have been reported in two additional nursing homes -- one in Kanawha County and one in Wayne County. He did not name the facilities. Justice said the national guard is assisting with testing everyone who came in contact with the infected persons.
Justice also addressed going back to school saying that he continues to have hope schools will reopen but he will not do it until he has been advised it is safe to do so. K-12 schools are currently closed through April 30th.
Marshall University announced today that all summer classes will be online. Reportedly other universities are considering similar mandates.
Justice also addressed unemployment claims saying more 130,000 claims have been processed. He noted they are continuing to work through logistical challenges of handling the demand, but said all claims should be processed by next week.
When asked directly when West Virginians could return to work, Justice was vague and said no one wanted to reopen the economy more than him, but that his job is to protect West Virginians, which for now, means staying the course.