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 COVID-19 press briefing by regretfully reading off the nine West Virginians that passed due to COVID-19 related issues. The total number of deaths across West Virginia is now up to 2,118.
“Please don’t let these great people become just a statistic,” Governor Justice said.
The Governor continued to read the updated statistics from the DHHR’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Recoveries statewide have increased to 124,502. Active cases are continuing to drop, lowering by 174 cases. The cumulative percent positive dropped slightly to 5.41, while the daily percent positive decreased to 2.54.
“It’s been one tough year,” Gov. Justice said as he remembers the one year anniversary of him issuing a State of Preparedness order for WV heading into the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Justice announced the easing and lifting of certain COVID-19 restrictions. All restaurants and bars can now utilize 100 percent of their seating capacity, with no standing room being available. Gov. Justice is completely lifting the capacity limits on all retail and small businesses.
Gov. Justice continued easing restrictions, increasing the social gathering limits to 100 people. The last eased restriction for today’s briefing was the announcement that all youth travel sports organizations can operate as long as their county is not in the red on the DHHR’s County Alert System. Governor Justice reiterated the continuance of the mask wearing mandate.
In a vaccination update, Gov. Justice says West Virginia has received 347,475 first round doses. There have been 323,811 of these initial doses administered across the state. The DHHR is reporting 235,755 second round doses have been received by the Mountain State. Of these doses, 208,994 West Virginians have received their second dose, making them fully vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to Gov. Justice, outbreaks across the state are improving but continue to pop up across the state. There are nine outbreaks across all long-term care facilities across WV. There is only one church outbreak in the Mountain State. The outbreak is occurring in Nicholas County. West Virginia correctional centers are seeing cases among 278 inmates and nine staff members. Of these cases, 210 come from the Western Regional Jail, with 65 coming out of the Southern Regional Jail.
Governor Justice closed his time by urging all West Virginians, especially those over the age of 65 to get tested when feeling even the slightest of symptoms. The Governor pleaded with all residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and cemented the safety of every vaccine brand on the market.