Gov. Justice and state officials provide an update for media on COVID-19 response efforts. West Virginians age 16 and older can pre-register to be vaccinated by visiting vaccinate.wv.gov or calling the WV Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice began his Wednesday Morning press briefing by reading through the 21 West Virginians that have lost their battle with COVID-19. The total number of deaths in the state have now reached 2,707.
“We’ve lost a lot of good people. Please keep them in your prayers,” Justice said.
Gov. Justice continued to go over the statistics from the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. According to the DHHR, the cumulative percent positive remains steady at 5.15, while the daily percent positive dropped to 3.69 percent. The total number of active cases rose by 59 cases, making that total 7,199 active cases across the Mountain State. There were another 334 West Virginians to recover form the coronavirus, putting the total number of recoveries up to 145,050.
In a vaccine administration update, Governor Justice said the DHHR is reporting 1,531,420 total vaccines have been received within the state. Of these doses, there have been 84.5 percent of total doses administered. According to the DHHR, there are 718,926 people that have received at least one dose. As of this morning, there are 604,859 full vaccinated West Virginians.
Governor Justice urged West Virginians to continue receiving the vaccine. He reminded all residents of his Monday announcement that all West Virginia State Parks would be offering free vaccine clinics between Memorial Day. Gov. Justice continued to push for younger West Virginians to get vaccinated.
In an outbreak update, Gov. Justice says there are currently eight outbreaks among churches across eight different counties. Greenbrier County is included in these counties. There are 16 outbreaks in long-term care facilities in West Virginia. In correctional centers, there are 32 active cases among inmates, with 11 cases in staff members. Of the positive cases among inmates, 28 of them are from the Southern Regional Jail.
In closing, Governor Justice pushed for West Virginians fortunate enough to recover from COVID-19, to donate blood in order to possibly save the life of someone currently fighting the virus.