West Virginia Governor Jim Justice ‘Extremely Sick’ After Positive COVID-19 Test: Coronavirus Updates: NPR


West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, shown here celebrating his re-election in November 2020, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, shown here celebrating his re-election in November 2020, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice was supposed to deliver his state-of-the-state address on Wednesday, but instead feels “extremely bad” after testing positive for COVID-19.

Justice, 70, who said he was fully vaccinated and boosted, has moderate symptoms and is self-isolating at home.

In a statement from his office, Justice said he woke up Tuesday morning with congestion and a cough. A little later, the Republican governor declared that he developed a headache and a fever.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, his blood pressure and heart rate were high and he had a high fever, the statement said.

The results of her morning rapid test came back negative. However, the results of his PCR test came back positive, Justice said. The governor receives monoclonal antibody therapy to help relieve his symptoms.

“Although I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I am grateful to the Lord above for getting the vaccine, boosting and having an amazing support system, especially my family. loving, ”said the judge. noted.

Everyone with whom the governor has been in close contact over the past few days is notified. West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative on Tuesday evening, the statement said.

The governor’s office of justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the governor was feeling on Wednesday.

“I ask everyone to keep praying for the 5,452 great West Virgins that we have lost. We must continue to pull the rope together,” Justice said. “We will overcome this and end this terrible pandemic once and for all. “

West Virginia COVID-19 Tsar Dr Clay Marsh said he had “full confidence” that Justice would recover quickly because he was fully vaccinated and received a booster dose of the COVID vaccine.

“Without the immunity offered by these vaccines, its outcome could be much worse. I continue to strongly encourage all West Virginia to take the COVID-19 vaccine and get boosted when it’s time to do so,” he said. Marsh said in a statement.

Justice’s positive COVID-19 test came a day before he was supposed to deliver the annual State of the State address. The address was delivered as a written message, which state archivists say is a first in modern state history.

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