West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said in a press conference Tuesday that his administration plans to reopen local businesses Thursday.
Justice announced 37 people have died due to coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, but said the positive test result rate was under 3% Monday and today.
Should the positive testing rate fall under 3% again tomorrow, certain healthcare-related businesses will be permitted to open Thursday, Justice said.
Those qualifying businesses include pharmacies, chiropractors, dentists, psychologists, physical therapists, social workers and others. Daycare workers will be tested for the virus beginning this week and will reopen should all working personnel test negative.
All businesses reopening will require personnel to sanitize, physically distance and wear face coverings.
Phase two: If this week continues on track, more businesses will be permitted to open next Monday, Justice said.
This second phase will include small businesses with less than 10 employees, outdoor dining at restaurants, salons and dog groomers.
Places of worship are also expected to be included in that second phase but capacity will be restricted.