Gov Justice says 100,000 dollar checks have gone out to all counties for hero pay

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice pounds the table at the conclusion of his press conference saying the state can beat the coronavirus challenge, Friday, March 13, 2020 at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Justice announced that all schools are to be closed by the end of the school day Friday. (Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice has announced that checks, valued at $100,000 each, went out to all 55 counties across West Virginia today to allow for men and women on the front lines fighting the spread of COVID-19 to receive “Hero Pay” for their service to the state.

“We’re just trying to help out people that are really stepping up and trying to do goodness around our state and help our people in every way,” Gov. Justice said. “We want to give our counties, cities, and municipalities as much latitude as we possibly can, but there will be accountability. The recipients will need to send in how they spent the dollars.”

The funds may only be used to cover expenses that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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