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COVID-19 Cases Continue To Fall & Gov. Justice Pushes For 65% Vaccinated by June 20th

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported 245 new cases of coronavirus in the state as of Tuesday morning.

One death was reported in the last 24 hours. A total of 2,763 West Virginians has died due to complications from the coronavirus.

W.Va. active cases are down with 6,077 total active cases.

Today’s infection rate is 5.13%.

Hospital cases now stand at 208 patients with 77 of those patients in ICU and 34 patients needing a vent.

Governor Jim Justice projects 65 percent of eligible age groups will receive at least their first shot of vaccine by June 20.

During Monday’s conference on COVID response, Justice said he feels certain 65 percent residents ages twelve and up can have at least one shot of vaccine in just a month.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, 54.3% of eligible West Virginians have received at least one shot as of Tuesday morning.

The Governor set a date of June 20 for repealing the mask mandate in the state. June 20 will also mark 158 years since W.Va. became a state.

Last Friday, Justice adopted the new guidelines set down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new guidelines allow for fully vaccinated individuals to remove their masks most situations, however some private businesses still require masks.

Governor Justice also said he wants to include the twelve to fifteen age group in an incentive program to provide $100 saving bonds or gift certificates to people getting vaccinated. Originally, 16- to 35-year-old individuals were to be eligible for the reward.

There is still no word when the incentive program may begin.



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