State response to coronavirus continues with DHHR hotline and Department of Education website

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

March 10, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There remain no confirmed novel coronavirus cases in West Virginia despite several in surrounding states.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources said Monday that five cases have been tested, two came have come back negative and three others are pending. Those samples were sent to the Centers for Disease Control. The state Bureau of Public Health received certification Saturday to begin testing in its lab here.

Gov. Jim Justice and the DHHR announced the creation of an information hotline Monday. Residents can get answers to questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) at 1-800-887-4304.

As of Monday morning, there were at least four confirmed cases in Kentucky, five in Maryland, six in Pennsylvania and two in Virginia. Three were confirmed in Ohio Monday afternoon.