“This thing’s coming. This thing’s coming West Virginia,” Gov. Jim Justice said during a briefing today. West Virginia figures showed 35 identified cases of the delta variant today. Just a few days ago, that number was 22. The biggest concentration is in Berkeley County, which has identified 11 of the cases.
“I am very worried,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s coronavirus response coordinator. The delta variant, believed to be more transmissible than earlier strains, is believed to be a major factor along with sluggish vaccination rates.
“It’s important that we not see the delta variant as what we saw before. This is much worse.” Dr. Clay Marsh
James Hoyer James Hoyer, who leads West Virginia’s multi-agency response to the virus, said the numbers are evidence of the need to continue progress on getting state residents vaccinated. West Virginia recorded 89 people currently in the hospital with covid-19 with 38 requiring treatment in the intensive care unit, both numbers on the rise.
The state has recorded 2,934 deaths from covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. West Virginia recorded 14 new deaths today. That’s in contrast from the last time Governor Justice had a briefing two days ago, when he took solace in the fact that the state had not recorded new deaths over the prior few days. West Virginia is reporting 1,225 active cases of covid-19 overall, which Governor Justice called “concerning.”
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