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W.Va. virus response update, new cases continue to rise as vaccinations slow

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported 315 new cases of coronavirus in the Mountain State Tuesday morning.

There were four new deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Monday, Governor Justice reported 8 people died since his last press conference on virus response Friday.

“Eight people through that time period is showing remarkable improvement, but to these folks and all their loved ones it’s surely not improvement,” Justice said.

W.Va. has 7,270 active cases of COVID-19. Today’s daily infection rate is 4.18%.

Fewer West Virginians are coming out to get their vaccine shots. A total of 683,395 state residents, or around 38% of the state’s population, have received at least one dose of vaccine.

“We have more vaccines than we have arms for right now and we’re continuing to try to hit a hundred percent every week,” Justice said.

Justice continued to urge residents to get vaccinated and explained some calculations to understand why the vaccine shots have begun to slow. The Governor rounded the total number of first round shots to 700,000 and added the approximate 400,000 aged sixteen and younger children that have not been included for vaccination

“If you put the two together, you’re almost at a million and one hundred thousand and you only have a million seven hundred thousand total in the whole state,” Justice said. “

Near 513,848 people in the Mountain State are fully vaccinated

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