COVID-19 Update: Executive Orders 24-20 and 25-20 Include Cabell, Ohio, Wayne, Wood, and Jackson Counties as “Hot Spots”

On April 3, 2020, Governor Justice issued Executive Order 20-20 imposing additional restrictive measures on movement and the operation of businesses in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties in response to developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. In subsequent Executive Orders in the days since the Governor has added Kanawha, Harrison, and Monongalia Counties (Executive Order 21-20; April 4th); Marion County (Executive Order 22-20; April 8th); Cabell, Ohio, Wayne, and Wood Counties (Executive Order 24-20; April 10th); and Jackson County (Executive Order 25-20; April 13th) to the list of counties where the additional restrictions are in place and where local health departments have been authorized to further restrict public activities.

In addition to limiting group gatherings to five people and imposing other movement restrictions on individuals, the referenced Executive Orders order Essential Businesses and Operations (as defined in Section 3 of Executive Order 9-20), which are permitted to continue to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, to have workers to work remotely or from home to the maximum extent possible. They further empower each of the county health departments in the impacted counties to establish and enforce protocols to limit or regulate the operations Essential Businesses and they authorize the West Virginia State Police to enforce the Executive Orders and the orders of local health departments issued under the authority of the Executive Orders of the Governor.

Below are links to local health department COVID-19 directives and orders in the affected counties that are currently available:

Berkeley-Morgan Counties Covid-19 Directive (April 4, 2020)

Harrison-Clarksburg Board of Health Order (April 6, 2020)

Jefferson County Board of Health Shelter-in-Place Order (April 5, 2020)

Jefferson County Board of Health Additions and Amendments to April 5, 2020 Order (April 8, 2020)

Kanawha Charleston Health Department Order (April 5, 2020)

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department Order for Wood County (April 11, 2020)

Monongalia County Health Department Order (April 7, 2020)

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department Order (April 11, 2020)

More information can also be obtained by reaching out to the local health department in each of the affected counties.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Lewis Glasser if we can assist you in understanding the impact of the Governor’s executive orders or local health department orders.


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