Update (7:15 p.m.) — Gov. Justice is still suffering from mild symptoms that are making him feel ill. The monoclonal antibody treatment he got was well received.
Gov. Justice was in regular communication with his Chief of Staff and office staff throughout the day today to ensure that many key economic announcements were made and that his historic State of the State message was delivered on time.
Last night, the Governor’s second confirmatory PCR test came back positive. Cathy Justice, the first lady, is still negative. Today, the entire personnel of Gov. Justice’s office tested negative.
Several doctors continue to treat the Governor, including Dr. Clay Marsh, MD, the State COVID-19 Czar.
Babydog appears to be in good health and has a normal appetite.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDVM) — After self-reporting symptoms, Gov. Jim Justice received a positive PCR test for COVID-19 yesterday. The West Virginia State Lab conducted additional testing, which returned a positive result. A second test was performed last night to validate the initial PCR results.
Gov. Justice, who has been fully vaccinated and boosted, is currently “experiencing moderate symptoms” and is at home isolating.
Officials said he received a round of monoclonal antibody treatment last night as recommended by his doctor. A team of doctors is treating Gov. Justice, including Dr. Clay Marsh, MD, the State COVID-19 Czar.
Everyone the Governor has had direct contact with within the last few days has been notified. Cathy Justice, the first lady of West Virginia, tested negative last night.
Gov. Justice is in constant contact with his Chief of Employees and office staff to ensure that the government runs effectively.
To comply with constitutional requirements, the Governor’s State of the State address will be delivered to the West Virginia Legislature via written message on Wednesday.
Later, the Governor will deliver an address to the West Virginia Legislature.
“While I was surprised that my test results came back positive, I’m thankful to the Lord above that I’ve been vaccinated, I’ve been boosted, and that I have an incredible support system, especially my loving family,” Gov. Justice said.
“That being said, I feel extremely unwell at this point, and I have no choice but to postpone my State of the State address to the Legislature. I woke up this morning with congestion and a cough. A little while later, I developed a headache and fever, so I decided to get tested right away. The rapid test that I took came back negative, but by the late afternoon, my symptoms were still getting much worse. My blood pressure and heart rate were extremely elevated, and I had a high fever. Finally, my PCR test results this evening confirmed I was positive. Because of all this, I began receiving my antibody treatment and I hope this will lessen these symptoms.
“For this to happen just one night before the State of the State – knowing I won’t be able to be there – saddens me. There are so many great things happening in West Virginia right now. Tomorrow, even though I won’t be there, we are going to showcase what we’ve accomplished with economic development in West Virginia. We are on a rocket ship ride and the world is finally waking up to it. But, because of this pandemic, we all must adjust and realize that our lives aren’t the same as they were a few short years ago.
“I ask everyone to continue praying for the 5,452 great West Virginians that we’ve lost. We need to keep pulling the rope together. We’re going to get through this and put an end to this terrible pandemic once and for all.
“So I apologize in every way for not being able to join you tomorrow night, and I especially apologize to all our invited guests who are having to change their plans. I’ll be back in front of you in-person before you know it. I thank everyone who has offered their thoughts and prayers and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone soon.”Gov. Jim Justice