West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order that will allow hospitals to begin providing general and elective surgeries.
Hospitals can submit plans to expand general care starting on April 27, in what the governor said is part of early steps to reopen the economy.
On nursing homes: During his briefing Monday, Justice also said he’s directed the National Guard to test all 28,000 nursing home residents by the end of the week. At least 22,000 nursing home residents have already been tested.
That plan comes after 55 residents and 16 staff members at a nursing home in Jackson County tested positive for coronavirus. At least four residents died.
At least 24 people have died from Covid-19 in West Virginia.