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Justice orders self-quarantine of travelers from coronavirus hotspots

CHARLESTON – The governor of West Virginia announced additional measures Monday aimed at limiting out-of-state travelers from coronavirus hotspots – especially from places like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut – from spreading the virus further in West Virginia.

Gov. Jim Justice announced an executive order Monday ordering any person coming into West Virginia from a place with large numbers of coronavirus infections to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“We don’t want anybody coming here from across state lines,” Justice said. “We expect you to point-blank quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you come here and we find out about it, the State Police will investigate you.”

Travelers listed by Justice include people from countries such as China and Italy, as well as the New York area. Justice also ordered that West Virginia State Police to monitor state borders for out-of-state travelers. The order would not affect people from border counties commuting to West Virginia to work at essential businesses.

Justice also ordered the closure of all state campgrounds. This comes after the Governor closed lodges and cabins at state parks over the last two weeks. In addition, Justice ordered the closure of overlooks at Coopers State Forest and Blackwater Falls State Park because people were still visiting these locations and congregating in groups larger than 10.

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