Jim Justice: West Virginia governor says he’s feeling better after his Covid-19 diagnosis and credits vaccine with saving his life

“Fortunately, I feel much better today,” Justice said. “I would very much like to get out of this house and return to serving our country. I am not a lying person.”

The statement said the governor continues to have mild symptoms and treatment with monoclonal antibodies has been doing well.

“Without a doubt, the fact that I chose to vaccinate and enhance my life saved my life, that’s all there is to it. Therefore, now more than ever, I strongly encourage all West Virginians to protect themselves and their families through vaccination,” Justice added.

The 70-year-old woke up Tuesday morning with congestion and a cough, which eventually led to a headache and fever, according to a statement released Tuesday. By the late afternoon, his blood pressure and heart rate had risen and he had developed a high fever.

Results from a rapid morning test came back negative but the PCR test came back positive, said Justice, who was forced to postpone state of the state address to the[وست فيرجنيا]Legislative.

Justice described feeling “extremely ill” on Tuesday, and Chief of Staff Brian Abraham told the West Virginia Gazette Mail in an interview on Wednesday that his symptoms were evident.
Justice, a Republican re-elected in 2020, has been a staunch advocate of vaccinations and boosters throughout the pandemic, often using direct language when speaking to voters about the benefits of vaccination.
“If you were there in West Virginia, and you weren’t vaccinated today, what was the downside?” Justice said in July. “If we were all vaccinated, don’t you think fewer people would die? If you weren’t vaccinated, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

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