Gov. Justice updates West Virginians on the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic

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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 Jim Justice began his Friday afternoon COVID-19 press briefing immediately following his briefing on the personal income tax. The Governor continued on to going over the 15 West Virginians that have passed away due to COVID-19 since his Wednesday morning briefing. The total number of deaths in WV is now up to 2,737.

“The trend is good, but it is still awful to lose anyone”, Gov. Justice said.

Gov. Justice went on to go over the daily DHHR’s statistics from their COVID-19 Dashboard. According to the DHHR, There was a 103 case increase when it came to the total number of active cases being reported. The total number of active cases in WV currently stands at 7,084. The daily percent positive sits at 3.70, while the cumulative percent positive remains at 5.23. An additional 374 West Virginians recovered from the virus, putting that total up to 135,478.

Governor Justice announced that the South African coronavirus variant has been discovered in Berkeley County.

In a vaccine allocation update, Gov. Justice announced West Virginia has received a total of 1,2215,920 total vaccine doses. There are 645,541 people that have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes all three vaccine brands in circulation. The DHHR reports a total of 4,33,823 West Virginians are fully vaccinated from the virus.

This morning the DHHR released an updated version of their daily COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard. The dashboard comes with a drop-down bar explaining the definitions of phrases the DHHR is using when describing vaccine allocation.

When it comes to outbreaks across the Mountain State, Gov. Justice says there are currently eight outbreaks across all long-term care facilities. Churches are seeing seven outbreaks throughout six counties in West Virginia. Fayette and Raleigh County both have churches included in these outbreaks. There are 97 cases among inmates in correctional centers, with nine staff cases. Of these inmate cases, 36 are from Southern Regional Jail and 23 come from South Central Regional Jail.

Gov. Justice continued to urge West Virginias, especially those 65 and older to get tested when feeling even the slightest symptom. He cemented the safety and importance of receiving the vaccine when it is made available to you.

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