The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources now has the capacity to test for coronavirus in-state. Prior to this point, tests had to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a press release, Governor Jim Justice said this will allow the state to respond faster to contain the disease if needed. Commissioner of public health Dr. Catherine Slemp said they expect commercial testing will soon be available, but the DHHR is working to make sure results are reported to the state so officials can keep accurate surveillance.
To date there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in West Virginia. As of March 7, 2020, five residents have been tested for the disease -- two tests were negative and three are pending, according to the press release.