Gov. Justice COVID-19 Briefing – April 23, 2021

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

Governor Justice opened his Friday morning briefing by going over the most recent West Virginians to pass away due to COVID-19. The total number of deaths in West Virginia are now up to 2,813.

“Please don’t let these people become a number,” Gov. Justice said.

Governor Jim Justice continued to read over the daily statistics from the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Active cases saw a slight increase by six cases, putting the total number of active cases in the state at 7,330. The daily percent positive dropped to 3.71, while the cumulative percent positive remains at 5.19 percent. There were another 394 West Virginians to recover from the virus, putting the total number of recoveries in West Virginia up to 140,550.

Gov. Justice went on to urge all West Virginians, especially those older than 50 to get vaccinated and continue getting testing when feeling even the slightest of symptoms.

Governor Justice is pushing for a return to similar vaccination rates that were seen when administration in WV began. The Governor understands that the pause of the Johnson & Johnson has hindered the process but ensures more will be done to get vaccine doses in arms of West Virginians.

When it comes to vaccine allocation across West Virginia, the DHHR reports 1,488,490 total vaccine doses have been received in the state, with 1,209,768 of these doses being administered. There have been 694,200 people to receive at least one dose. Of these doses, there are 543,654 West Virginians fully vaccinated from COVID-19.

West Virginians may pre-register for their COVID-19 vaccination at vaccinate.wv.gov. The COVID-19 dashboard located at www.coronavirus.wv.gov shows the total number of vaccines administered.

When it comes to outbreaks in West Virginia, long-term care facilities are experiencing 12 outbreaks across the state. Churches are seeing five different outbreaks across four counties. Greenbrier County has been added to the list of counties. Correctional centers are battling 111 positive cases among inmates and eight cases in staff members. Of these positive cases, there are 52 from the Southern Regional Jail.

In closing, Governor Justice urged West Virginians to keep up the good work. Lastly, Gov. Justice continued to push for those fortunate enough to recover from COVID-19 to donate blood to possible save a life.

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