NURSING HOME COVID-19 CASES STILL RISING - Gov. Justice Expresses Outrage On Likely Cover-up

Health officials confirmed Thursday nine additional patients at a Kanawha County long-term senior care facility have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Patients and staff at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jefferson were tested after a hospitalized patient had previously tested positive, according to the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

State officials confirmed Thursday afternoon that seven residents and eight staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at a nursing home in Jackson County during the last two weeks.

The West Virginia National Guard and Jackson County health officials are currently on site at the Eldercare facility getting ready to conduct testing on all staff and residents for the virus.

Strangely, officials at both the Ripley facility and the Jackson County Health Department have been mum on the situation over the last several weeks at the nursing home despite repeated requests for comment and further information.

Governor Jim Justice expressed outage over the Jackson County situation.

According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Jackson County has 37 positive cases as of Thursday afternoon. It was not clear if that number included all of the cases at the Eldercare facility.