Governor Justice COVID-19 update: May 16

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing today to update the public on the state’s latest pandemic response and vaccine distribution efforts.

On Friday, Gov. Justice reported that there are now 1,658 active cases of COVID-19 statewide; up by 315 cases since his previous briefing on Monday.

Over the past month, the number of active cases in the state has more than tripled. The number of hospitalizations, patients in ICUs, and patients on ventilators have all leveled out in the same timeframe.

“You’ve gotta get your boosters and vaccinations and then go live your life,” said Gov. Justice. “We know this is manageable now and we really need to take advantage of that.”

During Friday’s briefing, Gov. Justice and West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force Director Jim Hoyer once again urged all West Virginians to use the state’s new Vaccine Calculator to check if they’re up-to-date on their shots.

“Our Vaccine Calculator is now at over 220,000 people have completed the calculations. This week alone, more than 20,000 people used the vaccine calculator,” said Director Hoyer. “We have some updates that are now on the calculator for healthcare providers.”

All West Virginians ages 5 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. After the primary series, first booster shots are recommended for those ages 12 and older.

Second booster shots are recommended for all West Virginians ages 50 and over who are also at least four months removed from their first booster dose, as well as certain younger immunocompromised individuals ages 12 and older.

All West Virginians who qualify can get a second booster dose anywhere vaccines are available.

The state’s new COVID-19 Vaccination Due Date Calculator has been updated to determine whether people are eligible for a second booster dose.

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