WV Gov. Justice announces 110 COVID-19 deaths, defends vaccination exemption bill


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice read through the latest 110 COVID-19 deaths in the state to start Friday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing.

Of those deaths, 31 were classified as reconciliations, Justice said. The state’s death total has crossed 4,000, now totaling 4,108.

Of the deaths, 92.5% were people who were unvaccinated, the governor reported. “The amount is staggering. We’ve got to get you vaccinated,” said Justice.

One death was a patient at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, in Clarksburg, Justice said, describing a recent outbreak at the facility as “contained.”

Death reports will be the last metric to drop, related to the most recent surge, state health officials said.

The governor also spent a few moments defending his vaccine mandate exemption bill that is currently being considered by the state legislature. “I don’t believe we should just throw our freedoms and our rights in the trashcan,” Justice said, continuing that he doesn’t think that the bill will “cause lots and lots and lots of problems.”

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