Justice issues executive order for WV hospitals to start preparations for restarting

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has issued an executive order allowing hospitals to start preparations to go back to work for general care and elective surgeries if they meet certain criteria.

Hospitals can start submitting requests on April 27 for review by the state and the WV DHHR to make sure they have taken all the necessary procedures to keep patients and staff as safe as possible.

Justice says this is the first step in trying to find balance in easing the state back into a “restart.” Justice says the state is not ready to fully open, but believes West Virginia does need to begin allowing general care and elective surgeries to start-up again both from a medical and economic perspective.

This order comes just hours after Williamson Memorial Hospital announced that it would close tomorrow, April 21, 2020, saying the decision was made because the pandemic has caused a decline in volumes that were too sudden and severe to sustain operations.

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