Mask mandate ends June 20 in West Virginia


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK/WFXR) — Gov. Jim Justice consulted with his medical advisors and they believe more than half of people over age 12 and almost all adults more than 65 years of age will have at least one dose of vaccine by June 20, so the masks won’t be needed. However, the governor said people still need to go get vaccinated.

“You got to help me. You got to help me. I know you’re already doing it, and I know you’ve led the way in every way. Now we’re on a celebration of a call to arms, that on June 20th we’re rid of these things. But I got to have you help me,” said Justice.

Between Thursday and Friday, the state has had 339 new cases, and six deaths. There were slightly more than 7,000 active cases as of Friday, but all three of those numbers have been declining. With things trending downward the governor’s medical team backed the plan, but doctors especially want people between 16 and 35 to get vaccinated before June 20.

“The important thing to note is, that if you’re vaccinated and you are 14 days after the final vaccination, you are amazingly protected against getting COVID-19, The United Kingdom variants or other variants,” said Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia COVID-19 Czar.

People age 10 through 29 represent the highest percentage of West Virginia’s nearly 1,200 variant cases.

“May is National Mental Health Month, and people suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental disorders are being urged do call their doctor if symptoms continue for a few days,” said Mark Curtis, Chief Political Reporter for WFXR’s sister station.

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