MORGANTOWN, W.VA — The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of sometimes-conflicting information regarding mask-wearing policies from federal and state officials, requiring local institutions and agencies to review their policies and plans.
On May 7, Gov. Jim Justice stated during a press briefing that the mask mandate in West Virginia would be repealed June 20 — West Virginia’s birthday.
Justice’s reasoning for the impending repeal included projections by health officials that indicate 65% of West Virginians age 12 and older will have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at that time.
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that individuals who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks under its public health recommendations.
The CDC updated its guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals to reflect this announcement…