Gov. Justice provides coronavirus vaccination update

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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 daily press briefing by reading through the 62 West Virginians that have been lost since Wednesday. The total number of deaths across West Virginia has reached 1,733. “Please keep all these people in your prayers,” said Governor Justice.

Gov. Justice continued to read off the statistics from the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. There are currently 27,016 total active cases across WV. Another 1,628 West Virginians recovered from the coronavirus, putting the recovery total at 77,900. The daily percent positive continues to shift, currently sitting at 5.17 percent. The cumulative percent positive has risen to 5.46 percent.

Gov. Justice reminded those over the age of 65 to get a test immediately once the slightest symptom is felt. “Everyone knows from 65 and up, this horrible killer attacks those people first,” Justice stated.

In a vaccination update, Gov. Justice says West Virginia continues to lead the nation in vaccination rates. Of the 132,700 initial vaccine doses received by WV, 93.7 percent of them have been administered. With West Virginia having received 28,275 secondary vaccine doses, 80 percent of these doses have also been administered across the state. Gov. Justice said that he will soon follow the lead of the CDC and lower the vaccination age requirement to 65.

Governor Justice says he has talked to all county health departments across the Mountain State urging them to be prepared as mass vaccination events will continue throughout the coming weeks. “There is no chance you will get COVID-19 from receiving the vaccine,” Justice said. “If you have a chance to get the vaccine, get it.”

Outbreaks continue across WV as there are 99 outbreaks among long-term care facilities. Correctional facilities in West Virginia are seeing 77 active cases with inmates, with no report on staff cases. There are nine outbreaks in churches across five different counties. McDowell and Summers Counties are included in these.

Before shifting to the panel, Gov. Justice announced that with Monday being a holiday and the Inauguration on Wednesday, his daily briefing will take place on Tuesday and Thursday. Governor Justice urged all residents to not forget about receiving the flu shot during such chaotic times. Justice reminded West Virginians to continue wearing masks and getting tested when sites are made available. “Just hang tough West Virginia, we are doing real good.” Justice said as he closed his time.

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