The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed House Bill 2368, otherwise known as Mylissa Smith’s Law, unanimously.
The bill is now in the Senate Health and Human Resources Committee.
The bill was named after 53-year-old Mylissa Smith, who died of complications due to COVID-19.
Smith was hospitalized from September 5 until her death on October 1, and was not permitted to have visitors the entire time.
If passed by the state Senate, the bill would mean people who are hospitalized during a pandemic would not have to face the time in the hospital alone.