Governor Jim Justice announced that more than nine percent of the population of West Virginia has now been tested for COVID-19 – a higher rate than all of the states bordering West Virginia and a rate that’s higher than the national average.

“This is an incredible threshold to get to,” Gov. Justice said. “But we want to keep testing and testing because the more information we have, the better off we’ll be.”

“I just caution and underline, over and over, for everyone to use the guidelines that we put out, to try really hard to social distance, and, for crying out loud, wear a mask,” Gov. Justice said. “I know they’re a little uncomfortable and it’s a little bit of an inconvenience. But, when we’ve got to deal with losing somebody – that somebody is a name, it’s a family, and it’s all kinds of friends and loved ones.

“So please, please, listen to what we’re trying to say,” Gov.Justice continued. “We’re trying to keep you as safe as we possibly can.

“West Virginia, what you have done, already, has been a miracle beyond belief. But, absolutely, we need to keep our guard up because this thing can turn really bad really quickly.”

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