WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – Nearly 30,000 people have signed a petition asking for Governor Jim Justice to shut the state down to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The petition was created on Sunday and had over 29,000 signatures as of mid-morning Monday, and growing.
Peggy Harris started the petition and she wrote:
“Our state cannot afford to risk our health! Our elderly are at risk. Our health care workers are at risk. To stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus we need to lock down the whole state!
We urge you Jim Justice to do even more! Shut our state down. No nonessential travel whatsoever. Limit the number of customers allowed in stores. Limit the days people can shop. Immediately find more places as makshift hospitals. Find places for health care workers to rest without brining this virus home to their loved ones. Close down drive thru restaurants. Close down all businesses and promise our people that are without an income that they will not lose their homes. Suspend rent and mortgages. Get the military to help bring food and medicine to our homes so we don’t have to go out!
We absolutely should have done this a week ago. We are behind already and we need to do more. Impose fines or jail time on those that do not heed these things and are putting the rest of the population at risk. Advocate for our people to get as much personal protective gear as possible and push to get more medical supplies such as medicine and ventilators. Don’t let our state be the worst with this as our beloved mountain state so often is!
Protect our people immediately!”
The goal is 35,000 signatures.
You can view or sign the petition at: https://www.change.org/p/jim-justice-tell-jim-justice-to-lock-down-west-virginia