Governor's update - February 9, 2022

CHARLESTON — During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice expressed cautious optimism about the state’s improving COVID-19 numbers, while continuing to urge all citizens to get vaccinated or boosted as appropriate.

“Slowly but surely, our numbers are getting a little bit better,” Gov. Justice said. “But I still feel that if you aren’t vaccinated, or if you are but you haven’t gotten your booster shot, you’re making a great big mistake.”

The governor reported, to date, 290 West Virginia National Guard members have been authorized to deploy to 34 medical facilities across the state as part of the WVNG’s mission to provide staffing support to West Virginia hospitals.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Justice offered a reminder that West Virginia’s new Job Jumpstart Program is now open to assist citizens returning to the workforce.

Workforce West Virginia is offering a one-time payment of $1,500 who come off of unemployment, take a job, and stay in that job for eight weeks. The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis through Aug. 12 or until funding is expended. Requirements and Job Jumpstart Program applications are available online at

Finally, the governor welcomed Babydog onto the program to use her clairvoyant canine powers to predict the outcome of Super Bowl LVI this weekend.

“Babydog thinks she’s got it figured out,” Gov. Justice said with a smile.

With a wave of her paws, Babydog revealed that the Cincinnati Bengals will defeat the Los Angeles Rams by a final score of 30-28.