|WEST VIRGINIA LEADING NATION IN ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY TESTING
On Thursday, Gov. Justice announced that an effort to test all residents and staff members at every assisted living facility in West Virginia is underway.The action came after the Governor’s Executive Order yesterday made West Virginia the first state in the nation to require all-inclusive assisted living facility testing statewide.
“I love it when I’m able to report to you over and over that West Virginia is the first in something,” Gov. Justice said. “We are setting a national example. People are paying attention to West Virginia and the fruits will be numerous as we go forward.”
Last month, at the direction of Gov. Justice, West Virginia became the first state in the nation to require COVID-19 testing for all nursing home residents and staff statewide.
In the time since several other states have begun to follow suit.
“We had issues popping up in our nursing homes,” Gov. Justice said. “But then we – all West Virginians – we were proactive, we pushed the right buttons, we moved decisively and we moved fast and our numbers have gotten better.
“The one thing that I’ve learned in all of the business work that I’ve done is that opportunity doesn’t stand there and look at you forever. You can’t study stuff to death. You can’t have 15 committees. Somebody’s got to make a decision. And we made the decision to test all the nursing homes, a good decision, we were the first state in the nation to do that.
“When you’re the state that’s leading the way, it is good stuff. We led the way in being proactive and, by leading the way, we’ve produced incredible numbers.”