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Masks now mandatory in West Virginia

Last Thursday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice warned that he may it mandatory that a mask be worn inside buildings and when social distancing isn’t possible after the state saw a spike in COVID-19 cases.

 

On Monday, he followed up and made masks mandatory.

 

Justice’s decision came after a report from the Department of Health and Human Resources website showed an increase of 76 positive cases on Sunday and 118 on Saturday. West Virginia has seen a 16 percent jump in confirmed cases over the past week and a 30 percent increase in the past two weeks.

 

At least 95 people in West Virginia have died from the virus and around 3,000 have tested positive since the outbreak began, according to state health data.

 

In Cabell County where Huntington and Barboursville are located, there have been 150 confirmed cases and six probable cases of COVID-19.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)