(RightWing.org) – West Virginia was the final state in the US to officially report a COVD-19 infection. There were 462 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, April 8, which happens to be one of the lowest percentages of positive tests compared to other states. However, that may change; yet even if it doesn’t, West Virginia is uniquely susceptible to the coronavirus.
West Virginia has an elderly population just like other states, but these seniors are a little different. There are a lot of smokers in the state and, more importantly, former coal miners who have respiratory issues. COVID-19 could easily spiral out of control if proper measures aren’t taken.
That’s why Governor Jim Justice hammered it home that West Virginians need to stay on top of the outbreak.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Justice tells West Virginians to keep doing the things that will “cripple” the coronavirus https://t.co/xj6E6RIqGA
— West Virginia Topics (@dubvNOW) April 8, 2020
He also held a lengthy virtual conference to address the situation.
Although there are only four deaths reported in the state so far, that number could easily skyrocket if COVID-19 reaches the state’s most vulnerable populations. The state is mostly rural, which could provide logistical challenges in providing treatment and additional supplies. So far, West Virginia hasn’t needed extensive amounts of additional support, and let’s hope it stays that way.
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