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Every inmate, employee and contractor in West Virginia’s corrections system will be tested for COVID-19, although it’s unclear when the testing will start or how it will work.

At his Thursday coronavirus news conference, Gov. Jim Justice said there are roughly 14,000 people involved in corrections who will be tested. The state will use lessons learned from mass testing at nursing homes to help with the new initiative, which Justice said he believes will be easier.

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