West Virginia Hits Grim Milestone Of 100 Deaths From COVID-19
West Virginia has passed a grim milestone as health officials announced the 100th death in the state attributed to the coronavirus.
In a Friday virtual news conference, Gov. Jim Justice reported that the average age of those who have died from COVID-19 stands at 76.
“[That] doesn't mean that our young kids can't get this and surely can't get it and even transmit it to our elderly,” Justice said
Justice said the state’s daily positive test rate was at 4.89 percent, a noticeable increase since the early days of the pandemic.
Justice again stated that West Virginia has been cited as the most vulnerable state to the coronavirus because of its high numbers of elderly and the many adverse health conditions in its population.
During Friday’s news conference, Justice pushed back on those who say the coronavirus is not as dangerous as a normal flu season. He and state coronavirus czar Dr. Clay Marsh had a bit of a back and forth to downplay false information that is being reported about the seriousness of the coronavirus’ threat.
“I'm getting people that are saying ‘This is just like the flu. And if I get this I'm not gonna have any more danger probably than just like the flu.’ True or untrue?” Justice asked Marsh.
“That is untrue. The flu has a mortality rate at the most 0.1 percent. And the long-term manifestations we're seeing even today with brain functioning and other problems and even people that get better from COVID are substantial — much, much worse than the flu,” Marsh said.
Marsh said the worldwide mortality rate for COVID-19 is about 4 percent.
"I think this thing — as far as the death rate [goes] — is in excess of, 20 times greater than if you had the flu. Absolutely, West Virginia, it is real stuff,” Justice said.
Nearly 140,000 people across the United States have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began earlier this year.