West Virginia’s Justice Backtracks on Possible Mask Mandate in Schools

Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing today to update the public on the State’s latest pandemic response efforts.

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to spike, Gov. Justice continued his urgent calls for more West Virginians to get vaccinated.

“We’ve vaccinated 1,700 folks since Monday. While that’s good in a lot of ways, it’s not enough; it’s nowhere close to enough,” Gov. Justice said.

“We do not have people running to the fire like they should right now.”

Governor Jim Justice addresses rising COVID cases, and the possibility of a mask mandate for schools.

“It’s plain to see this Delta variant is here,” Gov. Justice said. “I urge and urge everyone to move and get vaccinated. The vaccines are tremendously effective against this variant.”

Gov. Justice went on to report that there are now 161 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant that have been identified in 35 counties across the state.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia has now reached 4,625. In the two days since the Governor’s previous briefing, over 600 new cases have been identified.

The current case total is also more than five times higher than the number of cases just one month ago.

Hospitalizations also continue to increase statewide.

There are currently 275 active hospitalizations in West Virginia, up 58 since the Governor’s previous briefing on Monday. Of those patients, 114 are in the ICU, up 44 since the Governor’s previous briefing.

Of the individuals currently hospitalized, 41.5% are in the ICU and 16% are on ventilators.

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