CHARLESTON, W.Va. – During his briefing on Monday, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced that 215 people are now hospitalized in the state, due to COVID-19, a record high.
“West Virginia is not immune to this disease,” Gov. Justice said, reminding citizens how vulnerable the state is due to the age of residents and its chronic illness rate.
“I know it’s tough. I know the wearing of the mask is a nuisance and everything, but for crying out loud, compared to people dying, how much of a nuisance is it in anyway? Absolutely West Virginia, we’ve gotta buckle up just a little bit here,” Justice said.
There are now 22 outbreaks in schools around West Virginia, for a total of 74 cases. “All that seems to continue to go well,” Justice said.
The governor continued to call for increased COVID-19 testing and said the state will do whatever is needed to keep high levels of testing going. Justice pointed to his direction, earlier in the pandemic, to the West Virginia National Guard to help increase the number of workers helping to process unemployment claims. The state’s objective is keep levels above 7,000 tests a day, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer said. The state is trying to increase flexibility in testing times and pledged that the state will offers more testing than it is today, Justice said.
Gov. Justice labeled questions about the timing of major announcements of things like the Virgin Hyperloop, a new methanol plant or aid for utility customers, being so close to the election: “bullsnot!”