DHHR to Implement Executive Order Regarding Testing in Nursing Homes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – 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.

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