Jim Justice

This afternoon, Gov. Jim Justice announced a stay-at-home order for the state of West Virginia to begin tomorrow at 8 p.m.

"This stay-at-home order is not martial law," Justice said. "We are not closing any bridges or roads." 

Justice described that with this executive stay-at-home order.

You Can

  • Perform / receive essential services
  • Go to work if you are in an essential employee
  • Receive deliveries from any business which delivers
  • Help someone to get necessary supplies
  • Walk your pets and take them to the vet if necessary
  • Take a walk, ride a bike, hike, jog, and be in nature for exercise - just keep at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Care for or support a friend or family member
  • Go to a restaurant for take-out, delivery, or drive-thru
  • Go to medical appointments (check with your doctor or provider first)
  • Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities
  • Go to the grocery, convenience, or warehouse store
  • Go to your place of worship.

You Should Not

  • Visit friends and family if there is no urgent need
  • Maintain less than 6-feet of distance from others when you go out
  • Visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility
  • Go to work unless you are providing essential services or work for an essential business as defined by the Order

What is the difference between "Stay at Home" and "Social Distancing"?

Stay at home is a stricter form of social distancing. Stay at home means:

  • Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
  • Only go out for essential services
  • Stay 6-feet or more away from others
  • Don't gather in groups

Also In his press conference, Justice also announced

  • There are now 49 hospitals submitting tests to private and public labs
  • 1,500 people in WV have been tested
  • WVU and Marshall are willing to supply empty dorm rooms.
  • 17,000 unemployment claims were processed last week
  • Restrooms and cabins will be closed at WV State Parks, but the trails will remain open
  • Wednesday March 25 will be a day of state prayer

"It's the biggest event of any living person in the United States today," said Justice.

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