Update — Jan. 13, 12:53 p.m. ET:
During a press conference on Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin lifted the ban on tap water for parts of West Virginia, ending a crisis for more than 300,000 people who were ordered not to use tap water after a chemical spill contaminated the water supply.
"The numbers we have today look good and we are finally at a point where the 'do not use order' has been lifted," he said.
While the chemical that leaked ( 4-methylcyclohexane methanol) is not deadly, people were told not to wash, cook, or bath in their water, as it could have caused symptoms ranging from skin irritation and rashes to vomiting and diarrhea.
Since Thursday, 231 patients who complained of symptoms were seen at 4 different hospitals. Fourteen patients were admitted, and none are in critical condition.
Mayor General Hoyer said that the National Guard is still outlying areas that need to be tested, and residents should not turn on their water unless they are told to do so.