West Virginia governor tests positive for COVID-19 for second time

CHARLESTON, WV (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice tested positive for the coronavirus Tuesday, hours after meeting with West Virginia University athletic director Ren Baker and Hall of Famer basketball coach Bob Huggins, the governor’s office said.

It was the second time a Republican governor has tested positive for COVID-19, after testing positive in January 2022, which forced him to delay his annual State of the Union Address.

Fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus, Justice, 71, suddenly developed mild symptoms. He was in isolation at home and under the supervision of several doctors, the governor said in a statement.

Anyone who has been in close contact with Justice in the past few days is being notified, the statement said.

State legislators honored Huggins with quotations on the floor of the Senate and House of Delegates. Huggins and Baker met with Justice separately in the governor’s office.

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