Gov. Justice urges WV to continue battle amidst latest COVID surge

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – The coronavirus and latest Omicron variant are steadily working their way up to nearly doubling what numbers were just a week ago.

2022 marks the third year of our relentless battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gov. Jim Justice said in a recent press briefing that we cannot give up the fight.

“Are we just numb to this? Are we just numb to the fact that this is not good but we’re just going to have to live with the not good? We shouldn’t do that. We should not accept that,” he said.

The governor says that while options may be slim at this point in time, people do have at least one choice to stand against the virus–the choice to get the vaccine.

Gov. Justice also announced the West Virginia National Guard is preparing to have 37 combat medics undergoing recertification training to alleviate the potential for hospital overrun.

“I have authorized the National Guard to build out to 600 personnel of our COVID task force, and they are currently working to identify any additional medical assets who can assist if there is a need. We have also identified teams of liaison officers to go to hospitals to assess needs,” he says.

Of the recent COVID-19 deaths in the state, 90% of people were unvaccinated. The governor and health professionals across West Virginia continue to urge every person eligible to get the vaccine and the booster, as it’s the best tool there is at protecting oneself against the virus.

Along with the vaccine and booster, Justice also urges people to get the flu shot for further protection against illness.

You can find all of the information on getting these shots by visiting the Coronavirus page from the DHHR’s website.

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