Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the governor’s office confirmed his diagnosis.
According to the statement, Justice developed symptoms suddenly and acquired a positive COVID-19 PCR test at the time. The West Virginia State Lab conducted additional testing, which yielded a positive result. Late Tuesday, a second test was performed to corroborate the initial PCR results.
Justice, who has been completely vaccinated and boosted, is having mild symptoms and is isolating himself at home, according to the statement.
A course of monoclonal antibody treatment was given to Jim Justice.
According to the governor’s office, everyone with whom the governor has been in close contact over the last few days has been contacted. Cathy Justice The First Lady has tested negative.
Justice is in constant contact with his Chief of Workers and office staff to ensure that the state government runs properly.
To comply with constitutional obligations, Justice’s State of the State address, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 12, will be delivered to the West Virginia Legislature via written message, according to the office.
At a later date, Justice will deliver an address to the West Virginia Legislature.
“While I was shocked by the positive test results, I’m grateful to the Lord above that I’ve been vaccinated, boosted, and have a great support system, particularly my loving family,” Gov. Justice said.
“However, I am currently very ill, and I have no alternative but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature.” This morning, I awoke with congestion and a cough. I got a headache and a fever a few days later, so I decided to be tested right away. My quick test came back negative, but my symptoms were still getting considerably worse by the late afternoon.
My blood pressure and pulse rate were both dangerously high, and I was running a high fever. Finally, the results of my PCR test this evening revealed that I was positive. As a result of all of this, I started receiving my antibody treatment, which I am hoping will help to alleviate my problems.
“It upsets me that this happened just one night before the State of the State, knowing I won’t be able to attend.” There are a lot of exciting things going on in West Virginia right now. We’re going to show off what we’ve accomplished with economic development in West Virginia tomorrow, even if I won’t be there. We’re on a rocket ship journey, and the rest of the world is finally catching up. However, as a result of the pandemic, we must all change and recognize that our lives are no longer the same as they were just a few years ago.
“I urge that everyone continue to pray for the 5,452 wonderful West Virginians who have died. We must continue to draw the rope together. We’re going to get through this and finally put an end to this dreadful pandemic.
“So please accept my heartfelt apologies for not being able to join you tomorrow night, and please accept my heartfelt apologies on behalf of all our invited guests who have had to modify their arrangements.” Before you know it, I’ll be back in front of you in person. I appreciate everyone who has sent their prayers and thoughts, and I hope to see everyone soon.”
COVID-19 West Virginia Dr. Clay Marsh, the Czar, also issued a statement.
“Today, the Governor took the correct course of action. He was tested at the first hint of a COVID-19-related symptom, secluded himself, and spoke with a doctor, who ordered a monoclonal antibody treatment because he was over 65 years old. Governor Justice will recover soon, and I am confident in this because he opted to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination and his booster shot.
His prognosis may be far worse if the immunizations had not provided him with immunity. I continue to urge all West Virginians to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine and get boosted when the time comes. Everyone is vulnerable to this sickness, and with cases in the United States and West Virginia reaching all-time highs, now is the time to get yourself and your family vaccinated.”