CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “There’s going to be extra and more and more folks that die, until we definitely aggressively get more people vaccinated,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice stated at the outset of Monday’s virtual COVID-19 briefing. “There is no pathway out of this other than to be vaccinated,” Justice ongoing.
Of individuals hospitalized, in West Virginia with COVID-19, 82% are unvaccinated, as ended up much more than 74% of men and women who’ve died from COVID in the last 60 times, the governor described. Some hospitals in the condition are slicing again the variety of elective surgical procedures due to an maximize in COVID hospitalizations, Ret. Maj. Gen. Jim Hoyer claimed.
Condition officers are continue to attempting to get federal permission to give 3rd booster shots to the state’s more mature citizens, Justice said. The point out is ready to administer the pictures as shortly as permission is acquired, he said.
He is however not geared up to problem any statewide mandates relevant to COVID-19, Justice explained. “The complete no-brainer is get vaccinated,” alternatively of arguing about masks, mentioned Justice.
The governor also has no options to phone a particular legislative session for point out legislators to vote on bans on vaccination or mask mandates. Justice is attempting to not “prompt additional division,” he claimed, suggesting as an alternative that condition legislators must go get vaccinated.
Immediately after switching, several months in the past, to updates on weekdays only, DHHR officials have now declared the state’s dashboard will once again be up to date 7 times a week. The dashboard, also now involves a tab for “breakthrough” instances of COVID. It displays that because vaccinations became obtainable, there were 5,056 breakthrough scenarios out of 188,660.
Gov. Justice also introduced a new application that offers $150 college vouchers to “grandfamilies” if their grandparents and the children they are boosting are vaccinated. Registration for the method will begin on Sept. 7. There are 19,000 little ones in West Virginia who are becoming raised by their grandparents, Justice said.