W.Va. stay-home order starts Tuesday amid virus concerns


From left, Jennie Ward, Tim Smith and Ben Wright load lunches on a school bus for delivery Thursday, March 19, 2020. Starting Monday volunteers with the Greater Greenbrier Long-term Recovery Committee will be taking over delivery of school lunches. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Stay home, West Virginia. That’s the message from Gov. Jim Justice as his order for residents to stay inside and close all nonessential businesses takes effect Tuesday night to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

The Republican’s executive order goes into effect at 8 p.m., saying that people should leave their homes only for food, medicine and other essential items.

Businesses deemed essential — hospitals, take-away or delivery restaurants, banks and grocery stores — can stay open, while nonessential places such as gyms or theaters must close.

With testing still limited, at least 20 people in West Virginia have been found to be infected.


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