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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice was imagined to ship his State of the State handle Wednesday however is as a substitute feeling “extraordinarily unwell” after testing optimistic for COVID-19.
Justice, 70, who mentioned he’s totally vaccinated and boosted, is experiencing average signs and is self-isolating at residence.
In a assertion from his workplace, Justice mentioned he awakened Tuesday morning with congestion and cough. A short while later, the Republican governor mentioned he developed a headache and fever.
By late Tuesday afternoon, his blood stress and coronary heart fee have been elevated and he had a excessive fever, in keeping with the assertion.
Outcomes from his speedy check within the morning got here again destructive. Nonetheless, outcomes from his PCR check got here again optimistic, Justice mentioned. The governor is receiving a monoclonal antibody therapy to assist alleviate his signs.
Tonight I examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Whereas I used to be shocked that my check outcomes got here again optimistic, I’m grateful to the Lord above that I’ve been vaccinated, I’ve been boosted, and that I’ve an unimaginable help system, particularly my loving household.https://t.co/x8u0f6qYH5
— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) January 12, 2022
“Whereas I used to be shocked that my check outcomes got here again optimistic, I am grateful to the Lord above that I have been vaccinated, I have been boosted, and that I’ve an unimaginable help system, particularly my loving household,” Justice mentioned.
Everybody that the governor has been in shut contact with over the previous few days is being notified. West Virginia first woman Cathy Justice examined destructive Tuesday night, in keeping with the assertion.
Gov. Justice’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request to touch upon how the governor was feeling Wednesday.
“I ask everybody to proceed praying for the 5,452 nice West Virginians that we have misplaced. We have to maintain pulling the rope collectively,” Justice mentioned. “We will get by means of this and put an finish to this horrible pandemic as soon as and for all.”
West Virginia’s COVID-19 czar, Dr. Clay Marsh, mentioned he has “full confidence” that Justice will recuperate shortly as a result of he was totally vaccinated and acquired a booster dose of the COVID vaccine.
“With out the immunity afforded by these vaccines, his final result may very well be a lot worse. I proceed to strongly encourage all West Virginians to take the COVID-19 vaccine and get boosted when it is time to take action,” Marsh mentioned in a press release.
Justice’s optimistic COVID-19 check got here a day earlier than he was scheduled to ship the annual State of the State handle. The handle was delivered as a written message, which state archivists say is a primary in fashionable state historical past.