Gov. Justice confirms COVID-19 outbreak at a Raleigh County Church

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice announced that several new church-related outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified at places of worship in Boone, Kanawha, Raleigh, and Taylor counties.

“Church is a place where we sing. Church is a place where we’re together in a confined area for at least an hour. It’s not like being outside,” Gov. Justice said. “Please wear a mask.”

The Governor urged all West Virginians in church settings to follow the State’s safety guidelines, including using every other pew, maintaining social distancing, and wearing face coverings.

“A lot of the attendance at our churches are those who are elderly and at higher risk,” Gov. Justice said. “So I am cautioning everyone to strictly follow our guidelines.”

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