Indoor Mask Term Ends West Virginia 158th Anniversary | New

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice declared the state’s indoor mask requirement ended on Sunday as a million dollar winner was revealed in a draw for residents who received the coronavirus vaccine.

Karen Foley of Mineral Wells took home the top prize announced on a sweltering Father’s Day at the Capitol Complex in Charleston in a celebration of the state’s 158th birthday.

“Now we’re probably going to change someone’s life in a lot of ways,” Justice said before Foley’s name was announced.

Prizes in separate designs also held on Sunday included custom pickup trucks, weekend trips to state parks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, as well as shotguns and shotguns. Two young vaccinated residents won university scholarships, which include tuition, room and board, and books.

Justice announced a series of raffles on May 27. The deadline for Sunday’s draw was last Wednesday and the winners were drawn on Thursday. Over 246,000 West Virgins had registered. The names of participants who do not win will be carried over from week to week.

Residents can still register for six more draws, which will take place on Wednesdays from June 30 to August 4. The final draw will include a grand prize of $ 1.588 million and a second prize of $ 588,000.

The West Virginia designs were inspired by similar designs created by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

Justice, a Republican, originally announced last month that the state gave $ 100 gift cards or savings vouchers for vaccinated residents aged 16 to 35. With the latest prices, he is trying to breathe new life into a vaccination campaign that has slowed down considerably after a good start.

More than half of the state’s residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 44% are fully vaccinated, according to state data. Justice had predicted that more than two-thirds of eligible residents aged 12 and over would be vaccinated when the mask’s mandate was removed. But the state failed to meet that target – 61.5% had received at least one dose on Sunday.

The lifting of the indoor mask mandate comes 11 months after the justice system gave the order after months of simply urging residents to wear them.

The state has not seen daily confirmed cases exceed 200 this month after peaking at more than 1,900 in early January. The number of residents hospitalized with the virus on Sunday was at its lowest since last August and the number of active cases statewide, 2,521, has not been so low since early September.

Justice said only people who get vaccinated have the chance to have their names read as winners. Those who don’t get the vaccine run the risk of being hospitalized or worse – becoming one of the deceased the governor mentions in his weekly press conferences.

“You are in a draw to see if your number is going to be drawn and you are going to be one of the ones that I have read that have been passed on,” Justice said. “It’s a hell of a choice in my book.”

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