Gov. Justice says masks, testing only weapons against COVID during wait for vaccine

Gov. Justice says masks, testing only weapons against COVID during wait for vaccine

November 24, 2020

Gov. Jim Justice said experts may have to look at specific counties for modifications in coronavirus strategies going forward, but the only weapons the state has right now to fight the spread of the virus is wearing a mask and getting tested.

“These are the only other bullets in the gun right now, other than sending everybody to the house, and we don’t want to do that,” Justice said during a news conference Monday.

With the Thanksgiving holiday just several days away, coronavirus numbers in the state continue to rise. The latest figures show there are a record 463 hospitalized with a record 136 in intensive care. Active cases are listed at 13,678, and the overall positive test rate has jumped to 3.48%. Officials reported 636 new virus cases in the past 24 hours.

The state’s numbers, while rising, continue to be better than most of the nation, where a total of three million cases have been reported in just the last few weeks.

Justice continued to push residents to take advantage of free virus testing being offered. He said nearly 40,000 West Virginians were tested over the weekend.

As far as outbreaks in the state, there are currently 25 public school outbreaks with 90 confirmed cases. There are 101 outbreaks at long-term care facilities, and 22 church outbreaks in 16 counties.

Things have improved at the Stevens Correctional Center in McDowell County, where several hundred inmates initially tested positive. Currently, there are 13 active inmate and seven active staff cases there. Elsewhere in the state, there are 20 active inmate cases and 27 staff cases.

Justice urged everyone to use caution at Thanksgiving, asking people to consider postponing unnecessary travel.


Author : Emily


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