West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice reported multiple Covid-19 outbreaks in seven churches across seven counties in the state.
At his news conference Monday, Justice said there was a total of 75 cases reported at churches in Boone, Grant, Logan, Kanawha, Raleigh, Taylor and Wood counties.
He warned churchgoers to be cautious, "Please, please know that a church setting is the ideal setting to spread this virus."
"You have got to wear a mask in church. I know that's hard to do, I know that's really difficult to do. But for right now, that has to be done because if we don't, all we're going to do is perpetuate this terrible killer into more and more and more people and we're going to lose people," the governor added.
State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad said at the news conference that one church in each county has an outbreak with five to eight cases per church.
The governor said the state had 89 new positive Covid-19 cases and no new deaths since last Friday.