CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With cases of COVID-19 increasing in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice focused on vaccinations and continued mask-wearing during his virtual briefing Monday.
The increases in cases is the reason why Justice pleads with state residents three days a week to wear masks and get vaccinated, he said.
Residents are supposed to wear masks because medical experts say we should continue to wear them, Justice explained.
“Dropping your guard is only going to lead to more and more troubles,” the governor warned.
He again asked family members to encourage younger relatives to get vaccinated.
Justice also said that if anyone knows anyone 65 or above who wants to be vaccinated, they should call 833-734-0965 to get them set up for a shot. “We’re constantly looking for arms to put vaccines in,” Justice continued, again offering vaccination clinics for churches, businesses, or teams.
Speaking to people who have chosen not to be vaccinated, Justice warned: “oh what an incredible, incredible chance you’re taking,” a chance that is worsening due to COVID-19 variants showing up in the state. The governor doubled down, saying that even if every other person were vaccinated, he’d still “run to get the vaccine.”
The state is getting plenty of vaccine supply, officials reported, unlike the early stages of the vaccination process when Justice was asking the federal government for more shots.
Electronic death reporting system update:
The state is still evaluating electronic death reporting system options as officials work to correct issues highlighted by a number of unreported deaths earlier this year.
Income Tax plan fallout:
Justice also touched briefly on the House of Delegates decision to not pass his income tax plan: “it was the miss of all time,” he said, but reiterated that he still plans to “continue the fight.”