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 Monday Morning press briefing by stating the significance of losing no West Virginians in the last 24 hours. Since his briefing Friday, West Virginia has lost nine people due to COVID-19. “Please don’t let these people become a statistic,” Justice said.
Governor Justice continued to read from the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. There are currently 132,048 total cases across WV. Recoveries across the state continue to increase, reaching 122,751 across WV. The daily percent positive is currently at 4.39, while the cumulative percent positive is up to 5.46 percent. Active cases drop below 7,000 and now sit at 6,997.
Governor Justice urged all West Virginians feeling even the slightest symptom to get tested. Gov. Justice says catching the virus early enough will give you the ability to have a better chance of overcoming the disease.
In a vaccination update, Gov. Justice announced that WV has received a total of 325,745 total first round doses and 194,790 secondary doses. Of received first round doses, there have been 298,942 doses administered. There are 197,756 West Virginians fully vaccinated from the coronavirus.
Governor Justice announced that with the recent approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, West Virginia will receive approximately 15,500 doses through this week. Gov. Justice revealed the Mountain State will also receive 34,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 36,200 doses of the Pfizer vaccine throughout this week.
Outbreaks across West Virginia continue to pop up, with long-term care facilities seeing nine outbreaks statewide. According to Governor Justice, there is one outbreak among churches in the Mountain State, occurring in Webster County. Correctional centers are experiencing cases in 17 staff members and 83 inmate cases statewide. Of these inmate cases, 63 of them come from Southern Regional Jail.
Governor Justice closed his daily press briefing by urging all West Virginians to continue wearing their masks even though restrictions are beginning to lighten. Gov. Justice also pleaded with West Virginians fortunate enough to recover from COVID-19 to donate blood in order to help save the life of someone else with the virus.