Gov. Justice addresses church outbreaks across West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WVNS)– Gov. Jim Justice announced West Virginia stands at 88 deaths with no new reported since Friday, June 12. As of now, 138,256 people are tested in West Virginia, which is 10 percent of the population.

Justice also announced that six church-related outbreaks are reported. In Greenbrier County, 839 people were tested. Eight tests returned positive, 24 pending tests, and 32 church members positive in Greenbrier County.

During his briefing, Justice said that church is one of the biggest places that this evil virus can target. One person is hospitalized from the church outbreak. Conditions are unknown at the time. More elderly people attended church, and it is important that you continued to wear a mask and social distance while in the church by sitting every other pew.

Prom is still not allowed due to safety guidelines. In prisons, there are now 13 actives cases across four jails and two prisons.

As for businesses opening, in Week Eight there are no business scheduled to reopen however, in Week Nine Summer Youth CampsOutdoor Youth Games with SpectatorsOutdoor Sporting events with Spectators, and Outdoor Equestrian Events with Spectators can reopen beginning on Monday, June 22. Here is a link for more information and guidelines.

Free testing will be available in Summers, Ohio and Putnam Counties. Testing will available on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-(800) 887-4304 or visit

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