WV COVID-19 figures plateau; still not many takers for booster shots – Community News

WV COVID-19 figures plateau; still not many takers for booster shots

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Most COVID-19 indicators in West Virginia have reached a plateau for now, after rising in some categories last week. There were 486 new cases in the past day, with 6,400 active cases. Both figures show a downward trend.

On the other hand, just over 50,000 people have received a booster shot. That is only four percent more than last week. Without boosters, many people are no longer protected.

“If you’re six months away from your fully vaccinated shot, from Pfizer or Moderna, and two months from J&J, you’re very, very, very foolish. Very foolish,” said Governor Jim Justice, (R) West Virginia.

While some of the COVID numbers fell over the weekend, the transmission rate has soared that nearly everyone positive for coronavirus will infect at least one other person.

“We know that when that goes above one, we’ll see more hospitalizations, ICUs and ventilators. And then followed by a sudden increase in sadly the loss of great West Virginians,” said Major General James Hoyer, (Retd.), Joint Inter-Agency Task Force.

There are 529 people in hospitals in West Virginia with COVID-19. Health officials say 28 percent of them are fully vaccinated, and that just underscores the need for people to get booster shots.

“At this point, West Virginia has changed the guidelines for booster shots. Anyone who is now 18 and older can get the extra dose,” said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.

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