CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—West Virginia Governor Jim Justice seems to be making a turnaround after being diagnosed with COVID-19, according to his staff.
The governor’s Chief of Staff said Wednesday on MetroNews Talkline that Justice was “not doing well,” but it appears that Justice is doing better since receiving monoclonal antibody treatment.
Justice told his staff that he wants to be “back in the saddle” very soon.
There was a prayer circle in the governor’s conference room on Thursday morning where lawmakers gathered to pray for Justice’s recovery.
In a press release, Justice had the following to say regarding his condition:
“Thankfully, I am feeling much better today,” Gov. Justice said. “I desperately want to get out of this house and back to serving our state. I am not one to lay around. 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. Without question, the fact that I chose to get vaccinated and boosted saved my life, that’s all there is to it. So, now more than ever, I strongly encourage all West Virginians to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated.”
President of Appalachian Bible College and longtime friend of the governor, Dr. Daniel Anderson, led the prayer service on Thursday. He had the following to say about the governor:
“I haven’t personally spoken with him. I’ve spoken with Cathy, First lady Cathy. And I’ve had a report from her that he’s improving in terms of today versus yesterday. Still in need of our prayers, and I do that unashamedly. Certainly, I am glad that he is on the mend and I think that improvement is encouraging.”