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Governor may mandate face masks

CHARLESTON – As cases of the coronavirus spike across the country and in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice said he is seriously considering mandating face masks and coverings in buildings.

Speaking Thursday during his final coronavirus briefing before the start of the July 4 weekend, Justice said an executive order requiring face masks and face coverings for all buildings except for homes could come as soon as Monday.

According to data from the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia saw 74 positive cases on July 1, the biggest spike in cases since April when two days saw 73 cases each. The state tested 4,150 people on July 1, the third highest number of tests since the states started collecting data.

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