Vaccine raffle winners to be announced at W.Va. | New

HUNTINGTON – The first winners of the West Virginia vaccination incentive contest will be announced on Sunday.

Prizes for state residents over 18 who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – ranging from a $ 1 million cash prize to new, custom-fitted trucks, weekend getaways in state parks, lifetime hunting or fishing licenses and firearms – are part of the Do It For Babydog: Save A Life. Change Your Life ”vaccination contest named in honor of Governor Jim Justice’s pet bulldog. Two full four-year scholarships at any public institution in the state will also be awarded weekly to vaccinated West Virginia women aged 12 to 25.

Sunday will also be the day the statewide interior face covering mandate is lifted.

Registration for the raffle will remain open after Sunday’s event for future raffles, which will take place weekly until August 4.

The final draw will also include a grand prize of $ 1.588 million and a second prize of $ 588,000.

As of Thursday, nearly 800,000 people in West Virginia were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, representing 44% of the state’s population eligible to receive the vaccine.

Similar incentives are offered in Ohio and Kentucky.

In Ohio, the state has announced four pairs of five expected Vax-a-Million winners even as the incentive program bump fades and immunization counts remain stagnant.

More than 3.4 million Ohioans registered to try out the $ 1 million last week, slightly more than the 3.3 million who had registered for the previous week’s draw. More than 150,000 children aged 12 to 17 registered their names for the scholarship, up from just over 133,000 the week before.

Governor Mike DeWine’s May 12 announcement of the incentive program had the desired effect, leading to a 43% increase in the number of vaccinations in the state over the previous week. But the number of vaccinations has dropped since then.

About 5.5 million people in Ohio have received at least one injection of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or about 47% of the population. About 4.9 million people, or 42% of the population, have completed the process.

In Kentucky, more than 414,000 adults entered into raffles for million dollars in prizes, Governor Andy Beshear said Thursday. Another 23,000 young people are registered for college scholarships, he said.

Three Kentucky adults will win $ 1 million in prizes, and 15 students aged 12 to 17 will receive full scholarships at a Kentucky public university, college, technical or vocational school.

The offer is available to residents of Kentucky already vaccinated and those who decide to get vaccinated before the draws.

The draws will take place on July 1, July 29 and August 26, and the winners will be announced the following day.

As of Thursday, a total of 163,382 cases of COVID-19 and 2,863 virus-related deaths were reported across the state of West Virginia.

The total number of cases per county is: Barbour (1,513), Berkeley (12,802), Boone (2,172), Braxton (1,001), Brooke (2,246), Cabell (8,864), Calhoun (381), Clay (542), Doddridge (638), Fayette (3,544), Gilmer (881), Grant (1,307), Greenbrier (2,883), Hampshire (1,920), Hancock (2,839), Hardy (1,568) , Harrison (6,147), Jackson (2,226), Jefferson (4,777), Kanawha (15,459), Lewis (1,279), Lincoln (1,592), Logan (3,274), Marion (4,627), Marshall (3,536), Mason (2,048), McDowell (1,612), Mercer (5,124), Mineral (2,971), Mingo (2,732), Monongalia (9,391), Monroe (1,207), Morgan (1 223), Nicholas (1892), Ohio (4,303), Pendleton (724), Pleasants (958), Pocahontas (681), Preston (2,954), Putnam (5,316), Raleigh (7,062), Randolph (2 842), Ritchie (756), Roane (659), Summers (861), Taylor (1,272), Tucker (546), Tyler (740), Upshur (1,959), Wayne (3,181), Webster (543) , Wetzel (1,385), Wirt (456), Wood (7,925) and Wyoming (2,041).

In Ohio, more than 200 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, for a total of 1,108,736, with 20,159 deaths.

Kentucky reported a total of 463,337 cases on Friday, with 7,180 deaths.

The Associated Press reports that for most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more serious illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the virus.

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