Last month, Governor Jim Justice announced his plan for reopening the economy. Reopening will not happen suddenly, but with time. We should be able to open in a safe and cautious manner as long as we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines.
Phase one began on Thursday, April 30th. From there, each phase of the reopening process for Weeks 2-6 will begin on Monday of each subsequent week. Currently, we are in week 6 of the reopening phase. COVID-19 case numbers will continue to be monitored throughout the entire reopening process.
The STAY-AT-HOME order was lifted on Sunday, May 3rd and a SAFER-AT-HOME was put in place on Monday, May 4th. Week 6 businesses that opened on today:
For more information on Governor Justice's plan, click here.
House Republicans Back to Work
On Tuesday, the House Subcommittee Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigation hosted a hearing on how governors are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. While the hearing was virtual, a few Republicans including myself came back to Washington to work.
During the hearing, I questioned Michigan Governor Whitmer on the state’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic. I questioned why mandatory testing has not been required for all nursing homes especially with their high number of nursing home deaths.
To watch the hearing, click here.
Last month saw the biggest job increase ever of 2.5 million. The unemployment rate fell to 13.3% where predictions were the rate would be just under 20% of unemployment which would have been the highest since the Great Depression era. This is a sign our economy is starting to recover and more quickly than predicted.
Saturday is the 76th anniversary of D-Day, thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches at Normandy in defense of freedom and democracy. May we never forget the sacrifices and valor of our allied forces.
Over one thousand COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in West Virginia as of today. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources established a toll-free hotline for questions from the public and medical providers concerning the pandemic. The department also has a website with the most up-to-date information regarding the confirmed and pending cases.
Click here for more information. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Toll-Free Hotline 24/7
1- 800 - 887- 4304