WATCH: T. D. Jakes Urges West Virginians to Take Coronavirus Seriously, Get Tested, and Wear Face Masks, Says It’s ‘Easier to Wear a Mask Than Wear a Ventilator’

Bishop TD Jakes of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Texas, giving a brief public service message to West Virginians in a Facebook video posted Friday, July 17, 2020. | Facebook/Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs

Bishop T.D. Jakes has called on West Virginians to get tested during the pandemic and to wear face masks, declaring that it’s “easier to wear a mask than wear a ventilator.”

A native of South Charleston, Jakes’ brief message was posted to Facebook last Friday by the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs. It included a link to a government website that listed where free COVID-19 testing was available.