Gov. Jim Justice and members of the West Virginia COVID-19 pandemic response leadership team held another news briefing today to update the public on the State’s latest pandemic response efforts.GOV. JUSTICE URGES ALL RESIDENTS TO GET BOOSTER SHOT
During Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Justice encouraged all previously vaccinated West Virginians to move quickly to get their booster shot.

Last week, the FDA and the CDC both officially approved booster doses for all Americans ages 18 and older.

“You really need to run to the fire and get your booster,” Gov. Justice said. “We know that if you’re six months out from your Pfizer or Moderna shot – or two months for J&J – your immunity may be very, very low.”WATCH BRIEFING | VIEW PHOTO ALBUM“It’s getting colder, your immunity is low, and we know the Delta variant is multiple times more infectious,” Gov. Justice continued. “You cannot afford to hesitate. Go run to your health department or pharmacy and get your booster shot.”West Virginians can go to any location offering COVID-19 vaccines with your vaccination card to receive the booster. If your card has been lost, you can request a new one from the DHHR.FIND A VACCINE NEAR YOUREGISTRATION OPEN FOR “DO IT FOR BABYDOG: ROUND 3”
Also on Wednesday, Gov. Justice reminded all West Virginians that online registration remains open for the third round of the ​​“Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change your life” vaccination sweepstakes.REGISTER: DOITFORBABYDOG.WV.GOVDo it for Babydog: Round 3 is focused on educating children and their parents on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine and the importance of getting West Virginia’s youngest residents vaccinated.

All West Virginians ages 5-18 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to enter the sweepstakes. Children ages 5-17 must have parental consent to be vaccinated.

*Those who previously registered for Round 1 and/or Round 2 of the sweepstakes are required to register again to be eligible for Round 3*

Weekly prizes for Round 3 of the sweepstakes include:1 Grand Prize check for a school and a party with Babydog1 Grand Prize Educational Savings Fund for a student ($50,000-$100,000)25 Prizes of a $10,000 Educational Savings Fund100 Lifetime Hunting and Fishing LicensesRegistration for the next prize drawing will remain open until Sunday, Nov. 28, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winners will be announced the week of Nov. 29.

Additional giveaways will also be held during the week of Dec. 6 and the week of Dec. 13.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available and approved for everyone ages 5 and older. West Virginians interested in being vaccinated or having their children vaccinated are encouraged to visit or call the West Virginia Vaccine Info Line: 1-833-734-0965.FIND A VACCINE NEAR YOUCASE NUMBERS & HOSPITALIZATIONS UPDATE
On Wednesday, Gov. Justice reported that there are now 6,754 active cases of COVID-19 statewide; down by 521 cases since the Governor’s previous briefing on Friday last week.

The active case count is down overall by 22,990 cases since peaking in mid-September, a drop of 77.3% in that time.

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The number of hospitalizations is now 512; down by 6 over the past week. Since peaking at 1,012, hospitalizations have dropped by 500 (49.4%).

The number of patients in ICUs is now 183; up by 12 over the past week. Despite the small increase, since peaking at 296, the number of patients in ICUs has dropped overall by 113 (38.2%).

The number of patients on ventilators is now 104; up by 13 over the past week. Despite the small increase, since peaking at 195, the number of patients on ventilators has dropped overall by 91 (46.7%).

The County Alert System map now features 4 green counties, 7 yellow counties, 3 gold counties, 25 orange counties, and 16 red counties.Gov. Justice also reported that, per the West Virginia Department of Education, there are currently 24 school outbreaks in 17 counties with 404 confirmed cases.