In an effort to implement
Governor Jim Justice’s newest executive order, the West Virginia Department of
Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has begun working in coordination with the
West Virginia National Guard to test individuals for COVID-19 who reside or
work in West Virginia’s nursing homes.
DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health has developed a survey with the West
Virginia Health Care Association that will be distributed to nursing homes this
evening. The results from this survey will assist with the coordination of
resources across the state. DHHR recognizes that many local
partners have engaged early, and we are thankful for efforts across the state
to respond to this order.
“We fully appreciate Governor
Justice’s leadership during this state of emergency, especially when it comes
to protecting some of our most vulnerable West Virginians,” said Bill J. Crouch,
Cabinet Secretary of DHHR. “The partnership that DHHR has with the West
Virginia National Guard is a good example of working together during a crisis
with the ultimate goal of safety.”
This order will not include
assisted living facilities, or retirement villages or communities.