The West Virginia Health Care Association’s CEO, Marty Wright, issued the following statement:
“We are grateful to Governor Justice for his comments on COVID-19 testing procedures in long-term care facilities. As the statewide association representing long-term care facilities, we have consistently supported the testing of all residents and staff in any facility where COVID-19 is detected. The governor’s comments echo previous commitments from other state leaders, and we wish to thank Secretary Crouch, Dr. Slemp, and Dr. Marsh for working to establish a statewide policy and consensus among the counties to do prompt facility-wide testing. Based on results in other states, we firmly believe that facility-wide testing will aid our providers in implementing necessary isolation procedures, help to curb the spread of the virus, and provide transparency to residents, staff, and their loved ones.”
The West Virginia Health Care Association is West Virginia’s largest trade association representing nursing facilities and assisted living communities. The WVHCA is dedicated to helping maintain high standards of care for licensed long-term care facilities through leadership, education and advocacy. Its member facilities employ more than 18,000 people and care for around 10,000 West Virginians each day.