Moments ago, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced that he will not shut down the entire state, as other states in the country have decided to do. Justice gave the examples of New York and other states that have completely shut down, saying he hopes that our state does not have the same outcome as their state. He continued to compare “what West Virginia has done and New York has not done”, but didn’t offer any real details on what he’s done differently than New York.
Justice called West Virginia “the most vulnerable state in the United States”, citing age and various health conditions as reasons that the Mountain State is so at risk. With this said, he implored businesses to allow employees to work from home.
A doctor in the state then spoke and said that Justice is “setting the standard for the entire country”, but again, no examples were given as to what he’s done to stop the spread of the virus, other than continuously saying, “Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, don’t panic, etc.”
Justice ended his message by saying, “I love West Virginia and its people. God bless this wonderful state and wonderful nation.”
The outcome is so unclear and baffling that the over 20 minute message left viewers perhaps more confused and scared than ever. Watch below:
Watch @WVGovernor's broadcast: LIVE: Gov. Justice addresses West Virginia on COVID-19 response – March 21, 2020. For more information about #COVID19, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit https://t.co/xNgQAK8I5b. #WV #WVGov https://t.co/21O3epA16X
— sassyrthanu (@RochelleHiggy) March 21, 2020