West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling his reopening a “comeback plan,” with hopes of gradually jumpstarting the Mountain State possibly this week.
And he’s crediting the people of West Virginia for their efforts in getting to this point.
Justice said that, in the last few weeks, West Virginia was able to keep its average cumulative percentage of positive tests for the virus around four percent. And as that number continues to decrease, he’s planning to gradually reopen the state. He says that he will begin re-opening things if West Virginia can have three consecutive days of under three percent.
That means, in just a few days, West Virginia may be starting its first wave of re-openings, beginning with hospitals and elective surgeries, along with outpatient healthcare, including dentistry and physical therapy. The second week would include small businesses of fewer than 10 people. Other places, like barber shops and salons, could get the green light on an appointment-only basis.
The last phase of re-openings will take place in weeks three through six, where you can expect places like gyms, retail and dine-in restaurants to open their doors. As for visitation of nursing homes and entertainment such as movie theatres, concerts and sporting events, those are still up in the air.
Justice also wants to make it very clear that while businesses may be allowed to open, they are not required to. He said if there is suddenly a surge in positive COVID-19 tests, he will not hesitate to stop, slow down or back up.