West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the only way the state is going to be able to stop the spread of Covid-19 is “to identify those who are absolute spreaders, the more we test the more we find."
During a news conference Monday, Justice said Covid-19 has continued to be a deadly virus for the elderly in West Virginia. He reported nine deaths over the weekend, all over the age of 70.
“So what does it tell us? It tells us this killer pandemic attacks the elderly the worst. It tells us that absolutely in Kanawha County, we still have many issues as we do have throughout our state. It tells us what we've said over and over, that we are an elderly state. It tells us that we are a state that abounds in chronic, different types of illnesses, whether they be diabetes or they be obesity, or they be lung disorders from years of work in the coal mines. Now, the bottom line is, we've got to be able to keep it away from these people,” Justice said.
Justice said Berkeley, Doddridge, Harrison, Barbour, Upshur and Randolph counties have seen an uptick in cases, which has increased the need for testing in that cluster as well as across the state.