WATCH: Gov. Justice reports more than 25,000 vaccine doses to be received through the week

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Gov. Justice and state officials provide an update for media on COVID-19 preparedness and response plans. For more information about COVID-19 prevention and more, call the State’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304 or visit Coronavirus.wv.gov.

Governor Justice opened his Monday press briefing by reading off 17 West Virginians lost due to coronavirus since his last briefing. He also took time to remember Air National Guard Firefighter, Logan Young, 30, of Martinsburg. Young lost his life bravely responding to a barn fire in Kearneysville. The State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled the cause of the fire to be arson and is currently investigating the incident.

Justice continued to go over the DHHR numbers regarding COVID-19. The cumulative percent positive has reach 4.66 percent. The daily percent positive is the highest it has been throughout the entire pandemic, rising to 16.39 percent.

There are 52 counties colored either orange or red on the DHHR’s County ALert System.

“If you want this thing to get like a horror film, stop wearing your masks and sit on the sideline.” Justice said. He urged all to “run to the fire,” when getting tested with even the slightest symptom.

There have been 30,737 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered throughout the Mountain State. “West Virginia is continuing to lead the nation in vaccination rates,” Justice said. He revealed that four of the five vaccination hubs will receive shipments of both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines today. “We will be receiving 25,925 vaccines doses throughout this week,” Justice proclaimed. According to Justice, WV leads the nation when it comes to vaccinating long-term care facilities. “When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are offered, you go to take advantage of it,” Justice said.

There are nine outbreaks with 35 cases across school systems across WV. Long-term care facilities are experiencing 113 outbreaks. There are 16 outbreaks among churches in 14 counties across WV. Greenbrier, McDowell, Raleigh, Summers, and Wyoming Counties are included in these outbreaks. Within correctional centers throughout WV there are 488 active cases among inmates. Of these cases, 285 come from St. Mary’s Correctional Center.

Justice continued to relay the importance of wearing masks when necessary. He urged all residents to give blood and plasma, especially if you have already recovered from COVID-19. Before closing, Justice reminded West Virginians to not forget receiving their flu shots with everything going on.

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