West Virginia Week in Review - January 8, 2022


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Gov. Justice: West Virginia seeking federal permission to offer 4th dose of COVID vaccine to state’s at-risk population
With cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continuing to increase exponentially, Gov. Justice sent a letter to President Biden asking him to direct the FDA and CDC to authorize West Virginia to immediately begin offering an additional dose of the vaccine (4th dose overall) to certain at-risk members of the state’s population who are at least three months out from their first booster dose.

View the letter here.​
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Gov. Justice: Revenue growth in West Virginia continues to set records
On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced that revenue numbers in West Virginia continue to gain momentum.

West Virginia’s General Revenue collections for December 2021 came in at $506.8 million – a staggering $124.4 million above estimate and 32.6% ahead of prior year receipts.

This revenue growth rate was the highest on-record for the month of December in West Virginia since at least the 1970s.
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Gov. Justice: West Virginia once again named top ten travel destination for 2022
On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Tourism announced that West Virginia has been selected as one of the Best Places to Go by both Frommers and USA Today.

This recognition follows a series of recent notable announcements by Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, and TIME Magazine, that together rank West Virginia as a leading global destination for travel in the new year.
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Gov. Justice: “We cannot afford to become numb” to COVID-19

On Tuesday, Gov. Justice announced that with 79 cases of the Omicron variant now confirmed in West Virginia, and much more expected in the weeks ahead, West Virginians are urged to avoid becoming complacent in the fight against COVID-19.

“We cannot afford to become numb to this,” Gov. Justice said. “We can’t become numb about the folks that we’ve lost. We can’t become numb that we have more people in our hospitals."

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Gov. Justice orders flags at State Capitol and in Wyoming County to half-staff on Jan. 6 in honor of former WV Senator Sue Cline
On Tuesday, Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation, ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags at the Capitol Complex in Charleston and all state-owned facilities in Wyoming County be displayed at half-staff from dawn to dusk on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in commemoration of the distinguished life and service of former West Virginia Senator Sue Cline.
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West Virginia Turnpike sees record-breaking holiday travel, WVDOT announces
The Christmas and New Year holidays saw record numbers of vehicles utilizing the West Virginia Turnpike, the West Virginia Department of Transportation announced.
During the 12-day period between Dec. 22, 2021, and Jan. 2, 2022, 1,263,779 vehicles went through Turnpike toll booths. The period includes both the Christmas and New Year holidays, which fell on the weekends.
“As always, the West Virginia Turnpike was well prepared for an increase in travel during this 12-day holiday period,” said Jeff Miller, Executive Director of the West Virginia Parkways Authority that oversees Turnpike operations.
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