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Gov. Justice ill, postpones COVID briefing until next week

CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice issued statement Wednesday evening, saying he is “feeling extremely sick” and may have Lyme disease.

“After the WV GameChanger events on Monday in Wheeling and Blacksville, I began feeling extremely sick,” the statement reads. “I immediately got tested for COVID-19 and was negative, but I am still having symptoms and nowhere near 100%. As of now, I am being treated for possible Lyme disease.

“With this weekend being Memorial Day weekend, I will be postponing my regularly scheduled COVID-19 briefings this week and will hold one as soon as possible after the holiday.

“Over the weekend, I encourage all West Virginians to remember the true spirit of Memorial Day and take a moment to honor all the brave Americans who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I will be issuing a proclamation later this week to lower all of our flags to half-staff in honor of Memorial Day.”

Memorial Day is Monday, with many workers have a three-day weekend.