West Virginia has the sixteenth highest price of recent coronavirus circumstances per particular person amongst U.S. states and ranks twelfth in hospitalizations, in line with a New York Occasions database.
Mr. Justice mentioned the state wanted to cease the virus “lifeless in its tracks,” and that if it did, “these masks go away, the hospitalizations go away, the loss of life toll and the physique baggage begin to completely grow to be minimal.”
Earlier this yr, firstly of the nation’s vaccination effort, West Virginia had stood out for its success in vaccinating its residents. At one level, it had administered second doses to extra of its inhabitants than another state; it was additionally behind solely Alaska for the % of its residents that had acquired a primary dose.
However now West Virginia is fallen behind, forward of solely 9 states for the portion of its residents which have had a primary dose, in line with a New York Occasions database monitoring vaccines.
Mr. Justice mentioned that younger West Virginians might “all the time stand an additional dose of patriotism.” He urged them to “settle for that great financial savings bond” — which is able to permit the recipient to retrieve the $100, plus curiosity, at a later date — including, “I hope that you simply preserve it for a protracted, lengthy, very long time.”