CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “This is the fourth surge and we could’ve prevented it,” said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice during Monday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing.
The governor’s comments came after the number of active COVID cases in the state rose above 4,000, up almost 700 cases since Friday, leaving the state’s map with only 10 “green” counties.
“Do you not think that this thing is going to rear its ugly head even more than it is now?” Justice asked, as the start of school and cooler weather come to West Virginia.
While mentioning that 9,000 state residents got vaccinated over the weekend and approximately 180,000 people have gotten shots since the “Do it for Babydog” sweepstakes started, the governor said “You’ve got to do better, you’ve just got do better,” when it comes to vaccinations. “You may have to for the better good of everyone around you, please consider getting that done,” Justice continued.
“I don’t know why in the world you wouldn’t be running to get vaccinated. I hate to be on a soapbox, but it’s just too important. The only thing that makes good sense out of this whole thing is just get vaccinated,” Gov. Justice went on.
Justice also took a moment to honor former West Virginia University football coach Bobby Bowden, who died over the weekend, at age 91.