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W.Va. Attorney General Quarantines After Positive COVID-19 Test

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Monday that he is one of 19,600 West Virginians who recently have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Morrisey said in a press release that he was diagnosed with both COVID-19 and pneumonia last week.

A representative for Morrisey’s office did not immediately respond to inquiries for a more specific timeline. Morrisey did not specify where he was exposed to the virus.

The state’s chief law enforcement officer is working and quarantining from home, where he said Monday that he’s also receiving “medical and breathing treatments.”

“Make no mistake about it,” Morrisey said, “this can be a nasty virus, especially for those who are elderly or may be immunocompromised.”

More than 56,000 West Virginians have tested positive for the coronavirus since March. While thousands have recovered, more than 840 have died.

Nationally, more than 283,000 have died from COVID-19.

Emily Allen is a Report for America corps member.