West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued an executive order requiring every single resident and staffers at a long-term living facilities to be tested for coronavirus, he said in a news conference.
"I do believe we have the capability to test everyone in our long-term living facilities,” Justice said, adding that if they have already been tested, he wants them retested.
The governor also filed an order effective today, requiring laboratories to provide immediate real-time electronic reports of both positive and negative Covid-19 tests to the Department of Health and Human Resources.
“All these people that live in these long-term facilities have brought us wisdom for decades. These are not numbers, these are families,” the governor said. “We have had too many discrepancies in testing and I think we can all do better.”
"You know, most of the labs are already doing this, but we don't have…the expediency that we need from all the labs,” Justice said.