Justice on Tuesday night also ordered the state's bars, restaurants and casinos to close to help stem the spread of the potentially deadly virus. He did not address delivery services.
"I will continue working at the federal level, along with Governor Justice and others in the state to make sure we are doing everything in our power to help West Virginians and prevent the spread of the coronavirus", said Sen.
Moments before he went on camera and while the audio was turned on, Justice loudly cleared his throat, then whispered jokingly, "I've got the virus". At that time, the state will reevaluate the situation, according to state officials.
He called the pandemic a once in a life event and said the public must use the powers it has "to destroy this awful disease". Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) in a statement.
So far, 137 people in West Virginia have been tested for the coronavirus, health officials have said.
Justice is following the lead of governors from surrounding states who have shut down or limited access to businesses, including bars, restaurants, gyms or movie theaters.
State hospitals have restricted patient visits, universities have temporarily eliminated face-to-face instruction in favor of online teaching, and the state Supreme Court has suspended all but emergency hearings until April 10. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause severe illness, including pneumonia.