Justice: West Va. schools out for at least two weeks

March 15, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia schools will remain closed through at least March 27, Gov. Jim Justice announced Saturday.

Justice announced the school closings on Friday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even though the state doesn’t have a confirmed case.

A release from the governor’s office Saturday said no return date has been set for students, but they will be out for at least two weeks.

Also on Saturday, two large hospital systems in the state announced restricted visitations.

The WVU Health System, which includes a dozen hospitals around the state, said patients would be allowed have only one visitor at a time and children under 16 were not permitted in the hospitals. WVU encouraged people to make minimum visits. CAMC Health System is also limiting visits to one per patient from noon to 6 p.m.

On Saturday night, state health officials said West Virginia has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. But Justice said that with so few tests being done, people could be infected and not know it.

He said “we just haven’t found it yet, but it’s got to be here.”