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Gov. Justice resumes briefings, says COVID is ‘tough stuff’

Gov. Justice held his first briefing since he tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
Gov. Justice held his first briefing since he tested positive for COVID-19 last week.(The Office of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 8:29 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Justice has resumed his weekly briefings on the coronavirus, six days after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Justice’s return coincided with the state surpassing 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus over a one-week period for the first time.

The 70-year-old Republican governor developed a headache and high fever and was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Jan. 11, forcing him to call off his State of the State speech to the Legislature the next day.

Justice is fully vaccinated and received a monoclonal antibody treatment as recommended by his physician. He says the illness was “really nasty stuff” through the first couple of days.

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