LEWISBURG, WV– West Virginia Governor Jim Justice activated a ‘stay at home’ order on Monday afternoon. That order goes into effect at 8:00pm Tuesday.
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— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) March 23, 2020
Stay at home orders are traditionally used by local officials during or immediately after an emergency, like a mass shooting, chemical spill, or natural disaster. In recent weeks, state and local officials have retooled the measure to help limit the spread of Covid-19 by mandating residents stay in their homes and limit travel to essential trips, like picking up groceries, going to the bank, or receiving medical care.
“You can leave your home to perform or receive essential services or if you work for an essential service.”
Stay at home orders generally close all nonessential businesses and prohibit their employees from leaving their homes to work, though the definition of “essential” businesses can vary depending on the specifics of the order.
This speech came on the heels of Justice’s address on Saturday evening, which was met with backlash across the state.
As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020, there have been a total of 464 total COVID-19 tests administered in the state. 444 of those were negative, 16 positive and 4 are pending. To stay up to date with the confirmed cases in the state, please visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx or COVIDTracking.com.
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