CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Monday resumed his weekly coronavirus briefing, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Justice’s return coincides with the state surpassing 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus for the first time in a one-week period.
The Republican governor, 70, developed a headache and high fever and was diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 11, forcing him to cancel his State’s address to the Legislature the next day.
Justice, who was fully vaccinated, was treated with monoclonal antibodies as recommended by her doctor.
“At my age and weight and whatever it may be, you know, I’ve always been as healthy as a horse, but you know, honestly, this can be really bad,” Justice said at the meeting.
Those in close contact with Justice have been notified. His wife, first lady Cathy Justice and employees of the governor’s office all tested negative.
“For the first few days, it was really bad,” Justice said. “There’s no point acting manly about it… it’s tough. It’s a really difficult thing. “
For the week ended Sunday, West Virginia reported more than 20,200 positive cases of COVID-19, 18% higher than the record of about 17,100 confirmed cases set last week. According to medical figures, there were 854 people hospitalized with the virus on Monday.
Justice has relentlessly pushed residents to seek a vaccine. As soon as they were approved for use a year ago, West Virginia led the country in attracting people. But only about half of the state’s 1.8 million residents are fully vaccinated.
Justice opposes the federal government’s attempt to force employees at large businesses to be vaccinated or tested regularly. He pushed a bill through the Legislature in October to allow some medical and religious exemptions for companies’ COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
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