West Virginia suffered its first coronavirus-related death this week. The 88-year-old Marion County woman died in a Clarksburg hospital on Sunday. Justice officially announced her passing in his March 30 press briefing.
At the same briefing, Justice also announced the closure of the Blackwater Falls and Coopers Rock overlook areas, along with all state park campgrounds. He said these measures were specifically to prevent people from crossing into West Virginia from other states and congregating there during the state of emergency.
Additionally, Justice issued an executive order that anyone coming into the state from hotspot areas — Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and China were all specifically mentioned — must remain in quarantine for 14 days.
West Virginia currently has 124 confirmed positive cases out of about 3,000 tests. This leaves the state’s positive test rate at 4%.
All health officials on Justice’s ad hoc Coronavirus committee see this as a positive indicator that West Virginia will be able to gather a significant quantity of supplies before hospitals are overwhelmed. Nevertheless, all are encouraging residents to stay the course and not give up on social distancing.