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W.Va. records 16 virus deaths

From staff reports

CHARLESTON — A 65-year-old Jackson County woman was among 16 West Virginians whose deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday.

The deaths of individuals ranging in age from a 53-year-old Marshall County woman to a man from Wayne County and a woman from Brooke County, both 92, were reported in the state Department of Health and Human Resources’ daily COVID-19 update.

“The passing of these West Virginians is reported with great sadness, and we extend our sympathies to their loved ones,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said.

The deaths bring the statewide total of COVID-19-related fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 2,772.

There have been 59 such deaths in Jackson County, the second-highest in the region behind Wood County’s 167. Other county totals are 29 in Wetzel, 17 in Pleasants, 11 in Ritchie, nine in Tyler, eight each in Gilmer and Roane, six in Doddridge and three in Wirt. Calhoun County has not reported any.

Active case totals as of Thursday (and the previous day) were: Calhoun, 20 (21); Doddridge, 16 (21); Gilmer, 2 (2); Jackson, 69 (72); Pleasants, 8 (8); Ritchie, 11 (11); Roane, 29 (28); Tyler, 28 (31); Wetzel, 61 (61); Wirt, 6 (6); and Wood, 122 (118).

Most area counties were green, representing the lowest rate of COVID-19 spread, on the state’s County Alert System map. Jackson County remained gold, the middle of the system’s five categories. Wetzel and Wirt were yellow, the second lowest.

Three counties in the state were classified as red, the highest level, with Nicholas County joining Berkeley and Boone from the previous day.

On the vaccination front, the state reports 480,324 people have been fully vaccinated.

Locally, the number of residents fully vaccinated and percentage of the county population are: Calhoun, 1,510, 21.2; Doddridge, 2,900, 34.3; Gilmer, 1,754, 22.4; Jackson, 6,453, 22.5; Pleasants, 1,998, 26.8; Ritchie, 2,429, 25.4; Roane, 3,263, 23.8; Tyler, 1,904, 22.2; Wetzel, 4,404, 29.2; Wirt, 1,249, 21.5; and Wood, 17,456, 20.9.

West Virginians can pre-register for vaccinations at vaccinate.wv.gov. Some health departments have alternate means of scheduling appointments or are allowing walk-ins, but individuals should check in advance.

Vaccination clinics scheduled in the Mid-Ohio Valley today include:

• Calhoun County, 9 a.m. to noon, Calhoun Middle/High School, Mt. Zion.

• Doddridge County, 10 a.m. to noon, Doddridge County High School Technical Center, West Union.

• Gilmer County, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., Sue Morris Sports Complex, Glenville.

• Jackson County, 1-4 p.m., armory, 8832 Point Pleasant Road, Millwood. The Jackson County Health Department says walk-ins are welcome or people can call for an appointment at 304-372-2634.

• Wetzel and Tyler counties, 9 a.m., United Methodist Church, 10 Howard Jeffers Drive, New Martinsville, walk-ins welcome.

• Wood County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive Parkersburg. Appointments can be scheduled at 304-420-1449 or uwamov.com/covid.

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