Elective medical procedures and outpatient health care operations like dentistry will be permitted to resume beginning tomorrow morning in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice announced at a news conference today.
“Tomorrow officially opens West Virginia,” Justice declared.
Health providers must have adequate personal protective equipment inventories and are required to follow guidance issued by their boards and associations in order to open.
Justice’s proposal to reopen West Virginia, called The Comeback, is a six-week plan dependent on cumulative positive cases remaining below 3%.
The next phase allows restaurants, churches, and professional services like salons to open with restrictions on May 4.
“We can’t stay where we’re at,” Justice said. “If we stay where we’re at, we’re going to lose way, way, way more."
He also said reopening schools this academic year “is completely off the table.”
Justice was asked to respond to President Trump’s suggestion earlier this week that states consider reopening schools.
“In West Virginia, that’s not going to happen,” Justice said.