|PROGRESS CONTINUES TESTING ALL NURSING HOME RESIDENTS AND STAFF
Gov. Justice also announced that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and West Virginia National Guard continues to work around the clock to test all nursing home residents and staff members statewide for COVID-19.Visit Coronavirus.wv.gov to view the most up-to-date COVID-19 testing numbers
This week, West Virginia became the first state in the nation to begin a full-scale nursing home testing program. Today, Gov. Justice announced that he expects all testing to be complete by the middle of next week.
“They’ve done amazing work in testing the nursing homes and they are proceeding ahead very, very quickly,” Gov. Justice said. “It’s a monumental task if you think about it. We had tested 22,000 people in 40 days and now we’re going out and testing 28,000 people in a very, very concise period.
“And we’re getting better results than what I’d feared,” Gov. Justice said. “And this program, with West Virginia being first in the nation to do it, you see, if you watch the national news, the CDC and everybody’s coming out and saying we should be doing this on a national basis.”