CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Transportation Secretary Byrd White said Saturday the state Division of Highways has noticed an increased amount of litter along the state’s highways in recent weeks concerning him concern for his workers and the possible spread of the coronavirus.

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“We have one of the most beautiful states in the nation,” White said in a news release. “Our dedicated employees are doing all they can to stay safe as they respond to emergency situations and maintain our roadways to keep the chain of supply functioning for our citizens. Please be considerate and think of the hardworking men and women who will pick up what you throw out. This is a difficult time, but we are still West Virginia and we need to take care of our home state.”

White said DOH workers taking precautions to prevent the spread including traveling alone or in small group, cleaning equipment and washing their hands frequently.