West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said he was feeling “a lot better” on Thursday after announcing two days earlier that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was feeling “extremely unwell.”
“Thankfully, I’m feeling a lot better today,” Justice said. “I really want to get out of this house and go back to serving our state. I’m not someone to lie around.
According to a press release, he said he now has mild symptoms, adding that his decision to get vaccinated and strengthened “saved my life.”
“Without question, the fact that I decided to get vaccinated and boosted saved my life, that’s all there is to it,” he said.
The judiciary also urged West Virginians to protect their families and themselves through vaccination.
“So, now more than ever, I urge all West Virginians to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated,” he added.
It was previously reported that West Virginia First Lady Cathy Justice tested negative Tuesday night.
“I deeply appreciate everyone’s prayers and well wishes for my family and I this week. They mean more to Cathy and I than words can convey and we will never forget them,” the governor said in a statement.
Justice, 70, said Tuesday he woke up with a cough and constipation and later developed a headache and fever. He said an initial rapid test came back negative, but after he continued to have symptoms, he took a PCR test, which confirmed he had contracted COVID-19.
It is unclear which variant of the coronavirus he is infected with.
He received monoclonal antibody treatment Tuesday night on the recommendation of his doctors, according to the press release issued on Tuesday, as his age puts him at a higher risk of developing serious illnesses.
On Wednesday, Justice gave a health update and also an update on his well-known English bulldog, Babydog. The press release said his dog is “showing no signs of illness and is maintaining a healthy appetite.”
Justice has been a vocal supporter of the GOP for COVID-19 vaccinations. He has previously started sweepstakes and asked that residents be vaccinated for Babydog.