CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With 1,482 new COVID-19 cases since Friday, taking West Virginia’s active case total to 5,949, Gov. Jim Justice said “more people will die, that’s all there is to it.”
The next update on case numbers will show a significant increase to the tune of 700 cases, state health officials said, due to some reporting issues with the DHHR’s coronavirus dashboard.
“I can’t believe that I am having to ask people to go and get vaccinated to try and save their life,” the governor said.
Gov. Justice explained that by not re-instituting a statewide mask mandate, but allowing the mandates on the local level, he is trying to appease both sides “to keep everybody moving together.”
“The more people who wear masks and are vaccinated, the safer the state is,” state coronavirus “czar” Dr. Clay Marsh said.
Officials did report 7,100 new vaccinations since Friday. ‘We cannot stop,” said Ret. Maj. Gen. Jim Hoyer, stressing that the particular vaccination need is among the state’s younger residents.
Third round booster shots are now being given to state residents who are immunocompromised. That data will be added to the state dashboard in the future, Justice said.