Thursday Coronavirus Update

Virginia now has 208,833 cases of COVID-19 with 13,707 hospitalizations and 3,860 deaths.

West Virginia unveiled a draft plan on Wednesday for rolling out a coronavirus vaccine, starting with medical workers and gradually bringing it to other essential workers and to the general public at sites such as drive-thru venues. As cases continued to pile up in the state, Gov. Jim Justice ruled out any new shutdowns on businesses and other public life for now. He said additional restrictions would only come if the state starts seeing many more deaths due to COVID-19. He most recently tightened an indoor mask requirement at all public settings. He said he would prefer students stay in classrooms in counties with smaller outbreaks, bucking a request from the state’s largest teachers group to go virtual-only through year’s end. The state reported 717 new confirmed cases on Wednesday and 14 new deaths, bringing its total to at least 36,722 cases and 612 fatalities since the pandemic began. Weekly tallies of new cases are sharply up.
“We’re not going to shut anything down, unless this thing continues to get worse and worse,” the Republican governor said at a news conference. He said rumors by some of his conservative critics that he wants to shut down businesses are “hogwash.”