CHARLESTON, W.Va. – After announcing the COVID-19 death of a 31-year-old Mingo County woman, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice paused, during his briefing Thursday, “This killer can attack the young, we’ve all got to get vaccinated. I say it over and over again. Don’t enroll yourself everyday in the death drawing. Quit taking a chance,” he continued.
Speaking about the high level of protection COVID-19 vaccinations provide, Justice described them as “a miracle from God.” “You are very foolish to not get vaccinated,” he continued. “I would run over top of somebody(to get vaccinated),” the governor concluded.
On a positive note, with 1,853 active coronavirus cases reported by the West Virginia DHHR, it’s the first time since Aug. 29, 2020 that the state has had fewer than 2,000 active cases, Justice reported. There are also no active outbreaks in churches in the state, Justice said.
To date, 300,000 people have registered for the “Do it for Babydog” vaccine sweepstakes, which has five more drawings, the governor said.
Gov. Justice also mentioned Wednesday’s announcement that the state has gotten federal approval to issue Pandemic EBT summer food benefits to many West Virginia students and young children.
The head of WorkForce WV joined the governor’s briefing Thursday, to address a recent data breach at the agency.