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 Jim Justice began his daily COVID-19 press briefing by reading through the 54 West Virginians lost due to COVID-19 since his previous briefing. The total number of deaths across the Mountain State has reached 1,953. “Please never let these people be forgotten,” Gov. Justice said.
Governor Justice continued to go through the DHHR COVID-19 Dashboard statistics. The DHHR reports 117,775 total cases in WV. Recoveries continue to increase and have reached 92,251. Active cases continue to drop daily as they have lowered to 23,571 cases.
Governor Justice urged all West Virginians, especially those aged 65 and over to get tested the very second any symptom is felt. “Please get tested so we can find this thing quick enough,” Gov. Justice said.
When it comes to vaccine administration, West Virginia continue to leads the way according to Governor Justice. As of today’s briefing, WV has received 179,900 first round vaccine doses along with 98,500 secondary doses. According to the DHHR’s Vaccine Summary, a total of 171,235 people have received their first dose of the vaccine. There are 46,094 West Virginians fully vaccinated as of today.
Governor Justice reminded West Virginians of the vaccination clinics available this week through Operation Save Our Wisdom, with all vaccination clinics becoming available in all 55 counties next week. “You cannot get COVID from receiving the vaccine,” Governor Justice said as he urged receiving the vaccine.
Governor Justice ended his briefing by telling all West Virginians that their best defense before receiving a vaccine is wearing a mask. “I am out of breathe telling you all to wear your masks,” Justice said. He urged all who have been fortunate enough to recover from the virus to donate blood in order to possibly save a life.