CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice examined constructive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, his workplace introduced.
Justice mentioned in an announcement he awoke with a cough and congestion, then developed a headache and excessive fever. The 70-year-old governor mentioned he initially took a fast take a look at for the coronavirus, which got here again detrimental.
The governor then was administered a PCR take a look at that was constructive. A take a look at by a state laboratory confirmed the preliminary consequence and a further take a look at was being administered Tuesday night time. Justice was experiencing average signs and was isolating at dwelling, the Republican governor’s workplace mentioned in a information launch.
Justice, who’s absolutely vaccinated and acquired a booster shot, was scheduled to offer his sixth State of the State handle to the Legislature on Wednesday night time.
The handle will now be delivered by written message to lawmakers to satisfy constitutional necessities and Justice will handle them at a later date, the assertion mentioned.
“For this to occur only one night time earlier than the State of the State — realizing I gained’t have the ability to be there — saddens me,” Justice mentioned. “There are such a lot of nice issues taking place in West Virginia proper now.
“I’ll be again in entrance of you in-person earlier than you realize it.”
The governor is scheduled to obtain a monoclonal antibody therapy, as advisable by his physicians. Among the many physicians treating him is Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s coronavirus professional.
“The Governor took the precise proper plan of action at the moment,” Marsh mentioned. “I’ve full confidence that Governor Justice will recuperate rapidly, and it’s as a result of he selected to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine and his booster shot. With out the immunity afforded by these vaccines, his end result might be a lot worse.”
The governor’s sickness comes after West Virginia shattered a seven-day record for constructive coronavirus instances for the second straight week whereas hospitalizations hit a three-month excessive, based on well being figures.
Individuals who have been in shut contact with Justice over the previous few days are being notified. Justice’s spouse, first girl Cathy Justice, examined detrimental on Tuesday night.
Justice additionally was scheduled to make an financial growth announcement Wednesday morning. That occasion shall be held by different officers as scheduled.