CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic, even as West Virginia remains the last state in the U.S. without a confirmed case.

The Republican governor on Monday said he issued the declaration so certain rules on personnel and purchasing could be waived in order to be on the “safe side.”

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State health officials said 84 people have been tested, with 80 negatives and 4 tests pending as of Monday afternoon.

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Though Justice has previously said the virus is likely here but is undetected because of a national lack of testing.

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