Officials in West Virginia are reporting rising Covid-19 numbers in several parts of the state, including more than 100 cases at a corrections complex.
Gov. Jim Justice announced 138 new Covid-19 cases at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.
“Mount Olive continues to be quarantined and medically isolating inmates as necessary. At South Central Regional Jail, there are eight active cases and two staff cases,” said Justice.
West Virginia long term care facilities are also seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases with 36 new outbreaks.
Gov. Justice addressed the rising number of cases in Logan, Kanawha and Monroe Counties, citing at least 12 additional deaths as of Friday, bringing the state total to 214.
In order to mitigate the rising number of cases in these three counties and to avoid further spread during the return to school next week, the governor announced widespread testing for all students and faculty in the school system’s sports program. All athletes, coaches and band members will be tested before the start of the season.
“There is no person out there in one of these counties that wants our kids out on the field playing a game with kids that have tested positive. So in this situation without a question it will assist us in every way. If we have a team or kids on the team that test positive we can't play. And we shouldn't play. That's all there is to it, same way as the band, same way as volleyball” said Justice.