More positive tests from West Virginia prison, Ohio to test nursing homes

Published: May. 26, 2020 at 2:25 PM EDT
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Update: 5/27/2020

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he wants widespread coronavirus testing at all the state's correctional facilities as cases continue to rise inside a rural prison.

Officials on Wednesday said at least 83 inmates and 8 staffers at the Huttonsville Correctional Center in Randolph County have tested positive for the virus. Around 600 tests are still pending.

Justice, a Republican, did not give a timeline on when testing at all the state's lockups would begin but said it should happen as quickly as possible.

Corrections department data show few inmates have been tested outside of the Huttonsville facility.


Almost 50 people at a West Virginia prison have tested positive for the coronavirus as more than a thousand results are still pending in the state's first correctional facility outbreak.

Republican Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday said at least 39 inmates and eight staffers at the Huttonsville Correctional Center have the virus after the prison reported its first case last week. He said he expects cases to rise as test results are returned.

A 62-year-old Huttonsville inmate was the first state prisoner to test positive for the virus. Statewide, at least 73 people have died from the virus and about 1,800 have tested positive.

In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine says all staff members in the state's hard-hit nursing homes will be tested for the coronavirus.

The governor said testing will also be done on residents who are most likely to have been exposed. The governor said the testing by 14 teams of National Guard members will begin this week.

DeWine said this kind of widespread testing wasn't possible because the testing capacity hadn't been available.

Health Department data shows that seven of every 10 coronavirus deaths in Ohio are among nursing home residents.

Meanwhile, gyms, motor vehicle bureaus and pools were reopening in the Buckeye State Tuesday.

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