Gov. Justice announces Brazilian P1 Variant found in Berkeley County

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during his briefing on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
(Courtesy: Gov. Jim Justice)

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 or calling the WV Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965.

Governor Jim Justice began his Friday Morning briefing by reading through the 21 additional West Virginians lost due to COVID-19. The total number of deaths in West Virginia have now reached 2,777.

“Please keep all 2,777 of these people in your prayers,” Justice said.

Gov. Justice continued to read off the statistics from the DHHR’s Daily COVID-19 Dashboard. Active cases dropped by 23, making that total 7,272 total active cases across WV. The daily percent positive rose to 4.31, while the cumulative percent positive remains at 5.21 percent.

Gov. Justice urged West Virginians to get tested when feeling any symptoms in order to treat the virus early and quickly.

Governor Justice announced that in the last couple hours, West Virginia has discovered one case of the Brazilian P1 Variant in Berkeley County. According to the Governor, there are 497 cases of this variant in 31 different states.

When it comes to vaccines, Governor Justice says the DHHR is reporting 1,352,250 total vaccine doses have been received in the Mountain State. There have been 1,146,914 of these doses administered, with 680,613 people receiving at least one dose. This means there are 480,870 West Virginians fully vaccinated from COVID-19.

With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine being paused, Gov. Justice says there have been zero cases of blood clotting found in the Mountain State.

Outbreaks are continuing across the state, with churches seeing four outbreaks across three counties in WV. Fayette County is included in this group. Long-term care facilities across the Mountain State are experiencing ten outbreaks, while corrections is seeing positive cases in 67 inmates and seven staff members. Of these corrections cases, there are 13 in the Southern Regional Jail.

Governor Justice closed his briefing by urging all West Virginians to continue getting tested, and wearing masks in public spaces. The Governor reiterated the importance of donating blood especially if you have recovered from COVID-19.

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