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 opened his daily coronavirus press briefing by reading off the nine additional West Virginians unfortunately lost due to COVID-19. These most recent deaths bring the statewide total to 2,309. According to Gov. Justice, statewide deaths have decreased 85 percent in the recent weeks.
“They need your prayers West Virginia, please don’t forget these people,” Governor Justice said.
Gov. Justice continued to read the statistics from DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. The DHHR reports a 241 case decrease in active cases across West Virginia. The total number of active cases is now down to 6,451. As of this morning, there have been a total of 123,656 West Virginians fortunate enough to recover from the coronavirus. The daily percent positive rose slightly to 3.13, while the cumulative percent positive dropped to 5.43 percent.
“Go get a test!” Governor Justice pleaded while urging all West Virginians to continue getting tested when sites are made available.
According to Gov. Justice, there is only one church outbreak across the Mountain State. Long-term care facilities are seeing 10 outbreaks in their centers. When it comes to correctional facilities, there are 13 cases among staff members, with 170 inmate cases. Southern Regional Jail has found positive cases in 80 inmates, while Western Regional Jail has 87 inmates infected with the virus.
In a vaccination update, Gov. Justice says West Virginia has received a 325,745 total first round vaccine doses. Of these doses, 302,793 of them have been administered to WV residents. The DHHR reports West Virginia has received 194,790 secondary vaccine doses. With extra doses being found, 199,611 second round doses have been administered across the Mountain State.
Gov. Justice revealed to shifting into Phase 2-A of statewide vaccine administration. Gov. Justice announced this will include the minimum age requirement being lowered from 65 to those aged 50 and above. Governor Justice says prioritization will still be given to those 65 and above who have not yet receive a vaccine.
Phase 2-A will also include education personnel aged 40 and older and individuals aged 16 and above with high risk medical complications.
Gov. Justice closed his time by reminding all West Virginians to continue getting tested when free sites are made available. Governor Justice urged those fortunate enough to recover from COVID-19 to donate blood in in order to possibly save the life of someone else with the virus. Gov. Justice urged the continued importance of mandated mask wearing, saying it is our first line of defense from the virus.