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Justice announces COVID preparedness initiative

CHARLESTON – Gov. Jim Justice today announced a statewide initiative to study preparedness because of increases in infections of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus and whether residents will need a booster shot.

A hundred cases of the more contagious Delta variant have been found in West Virginia, Justice said. The assessment will be called “Booster Battlfield Assessment” and will include a study by a task force of staffing and the status of personal protective equipment in hospitals and long-term care facilities, antibody supplies, available hospital beds and a voluntary evaluation of the antibodies in a person who have received their vaccination around six months ago, particularly those over 60 years old, the governor said.

“We need to move on this now,” Justice said.

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