Justice Orders Every Resident, Staff At Every Nursing Home In State Tested

Apr 17, 2020

Governor Jim Justice has issued an executive order to test or retest every resident and staff member in every nursing home in the state for the coronavirus. 

In the daily virtual press briefing Governor Justice said he keeps seeing discrepancies in the data from nursing homes and that he is “sick and tired of it.” 

He said front line workers in nursing homes deserved “all the praise,” for their good work, but that West Virginia’s vulnerable population deserves better.

“Some of those people are dying so just good enough is not good enough. I mean it needs to be perfect.” 

The announcement came after several nursing homes across the state announced surges in positive cases, including one in Charleston. The testing will be conducted by the state department of health and human resources with help from the national guard.

 

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