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Gov. Justice details latest coronavirus precautions in statewide address

Gov. Jim Justice conducted a statewide address at the Capitol Complex in Charleston on March 17 to update West Virginians on the precautionary measures that are being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the potential spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

During Tuesday evening’s address, Gov. Jim Justice announced the state’s first positive case of COVID-19. 

Latest DHHR COVID-19 testing numbers available here​.

The Governor announced that he has ordered the closure of all restaurants and bars beginning tonight, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. These establishments will be able to continue to operate carry out and drive-thru operations. Gov. Justice also announced that he has ordered the closure of all casinos beginning tonight at 11:59 p.m. More details will be released as they become available.

This comes after President Donald J. Trump issued a set of new guidelines Monday for all Americans for the next 15 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes avoiding all social gatherings of more than 10 people.

For more information, visit the Office of the Governor's website

For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-877-4304 or visit