Justice removes three counties from COVID-19 hotspot list

Coronavirus in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has issued an executive order that removes Jackson, Kanawha and Ohio counties from the COVID-19 hotspot list.

The executive order also calls to have four counties remain on that list, including Berkeley, Harrison, Jefferson and Monongalia counties.

Eight counties in total remain on the hotspot list which also includes Cabell, Marion, Wayne and Wood counties.

Kanawha County sits at the highest number of positive cases in the state, but has seen a significant decline coming in.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department tested 441 people over the past week with only two positive cases. Some are still pending.

Dr. Sherri Young, health officer at KCHD, said this is good news for the county. However, social distancing and proper hygiene should not be relaxed.

“We are still going full speed ahead as far as testing and making sure everyone is safe. So, while we appreciate the fact that we’re no longer a designated hot spot, we’re not seeing those positive numbers come in like they were. That means what we’re doing is working.” explained Young.

The health department will hold another drive up testing event at Nitro High School on Wednesday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments can be made through the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

Justice will also provide a COVID-19 update today, May 4 at 12:30 p.m. on preparedness and response plans.

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