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CHARLESTON — Although tax cut proposals and the anti-abortion bill before the Legislature dominated much of the discussion, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s online briefing touched on a variety of issues. other topics on Tuesday.

Justice said he was declaring a state of preparedness for all 55 counties due to the threat of flash flooding from heavy downpours or regular rain.

“Three to five inches of rain comes down from our mountains and comes down really fast and it can all cause real problems,” he said.

Justice ordered the West Virginia Division of Emergency Management to prepare appropriate resources to respond to emergencies that may develop. Residents are urged to be aware of weather conditions through local media reports and to follow the instructions of emergency officials.

The state’s second case of monkeypox was detected in an individual tested by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, said Bureau of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Ayne Amjad.

“The threat to West Virginia from monkeypox is low,” Amjad said. “There is a vaccine available, but it is currently in short supply.”

The vaccine is available to anyone in close contact with someone who tests positive for monkeypox, she said.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include a rash that looks like pimples or blisters on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals or the anus; as well as fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. It is transmitted by direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs or body fluids; respiratory secretions during prolonged physical contact, face to face or intimate; and touching things like clothes or bedding that have already touched the infectious rash or body fluids.

Chief Technology Officer Joshua Spence gave an update on the mainframe outage which began last week and affected services provided by many agencies, in particular the Department of Motor Vehicles. The hardware failure has been repaired, but software repairs now need to be done, which Spence says should be done by Thursday.

A workaround was announced Tuesday afternoon that allows the agency to resume processing commercial driver’s licenses, standard licenses, instructional licenses and license reinstatements.

Justice announced the resignation of Betsy Jividen as commissioner of the state’s Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation effective August 5. recover from drug addiction and reduce recurrence.

“It’s an important position and she’s done a terrific job,” Justice said.

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