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WVa application for additional unemployment is approved

FILE - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Nursing home visits are being allowed again in West Virginia as the state focuses on coronavirus outbreaks in the general populations of individual counties without clamping down on areas without them. Justice warned Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, that the visits could end quickly in some places if further outbreaks occur within nursing homes themselves. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The federal government approved West Virginia’s application for funding to provide additional unemployment benefits to residents, Gov. Jim Justice said Friday.

Those unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive an additional $400 per week, with the federal government providing $300 and the state $100, Justice said.

The governor’s office also said a 40-year-old South Central Regional Jail inmate who had tested positive for COVID-19 during the last week while at the hospital died Friday. The Wood County man, who was being held on federal charges, had underlying medical conditions.

Health officials’ preliminary assessment attributed the cause to complications from the virus. It is the first COVID-19-linked death of an inmate ordered to a state facility since the start of the pandemic, Justice’s office said.

Justice also said Friday that Monongalia County bars are still expected to reopen Monday. He said last week he intended the bars to reopen on that date if the number of cases didn’t climb significantly. The numbers are stable, he said.

The bars will “have to follow extra-stringent safety guidelines” to reopen, he said.