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Wood County resident among latest tallied virus deaths

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — A resident from Wood County is among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed Wednesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state reported the death of a 65-year-old man from Wood County in the department’s routine morning pandemic update. Deaths in Wood County are at 167 people.

Nine deaths were confirmed in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday morning by the state in Wood, Harrison, Marshall, Berkeley, Marshall, Cabell, Wayne, Raleigh and Putnam counties. The youngest was a 53-year-old man from Marshall County.

The state death toll from the virus was at 2,756 since the pandemic began a year ago.

“Please don’t let them become a number,” Gov. Jim Justice said during his Wednesday morning pandemic briefing.

New active cases of the virus were 413 in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday. Total active cases as of Wednesday morning were 7,309, a slight decrease from Tuesday.

Active cases have been trending upward since around mid-March.

Active cases in counties in the region (previous day) are: Calhoun, 21 (17); Doddridge, 21, (22); Gilmer, 2 (2); Jackson, 72 (79); Pleasants, 8 (6); Ritchie, 11 (11); Roane, 28 (33); Tyler, 31 (30); Wetzel, 61 (61); Wirt, 6 (6); Wood, 118 (117.)

Berkeley and Boone counties are the only red-zone counties, the highest level, in the County Alert System based on infection rates and percent positivity. Raleigh, previously red, dropped one to orange on Wednesday.

Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt, Ritchie, Roane and Gilmer counties were green, the lowest level on the map. Wetzel, Jackson and Doddrige are gold, third severest. Wetzel and Calhoun are yellow. Wirt went from yellow to green on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations are at 239, a drop from 252 on Tuesday, with 57 in an intensive care unit Wednesday, and 22 on ventilators.

The state has fully vaccinated 471,901 people.

The number of residents fully vaccinated and percentage of population for local counties: Calhoun, 1,493, 21; Doddridge, 2,825, 33.4; Gilmer, 1,743, 212.3; Jackson, 6,343, 22.2; Pleasants, 1,974, 26.5; Ritchie, 2,415, 25.3; Roane, 2,989, 21.8; Tyler, 1,897, 22.1; Wetzel, 4,379, 29.1; Wirt, 1,238, 23.6; Wood, 16,089, 19.1.

Registration for a vaccination is available for residents 16 and older through the Vaccine Registration System at www.vaccinate.wv.gov or call 833 734-0965.

Clinics using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine will substitute with another vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna, as supplies allow, Justice said. Use of the J&J vaccine was halted Tuesday pending another federal review of a rare side effect in six cases in nearly 7 million doses administered.

The governor said there will be no slow down in the vaccinations.

“There’s plenty of vaccines out there,” Justice said.

The clinic schedule for local counties is (Individuals will be contacted if selected for appointment.)

TODAY:

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

• Jackson County, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., armory, 8832 Pt. Pleasant Road, Millwood.

• Pleasants County, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pleasants County Library, 101 Lafayette St., St. Marys.

• Ritchie County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ritchie County 4-H Camp, 4-H Camp Road, Harrisville.

• Wood County (three): 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., WVU-Camden Clark Medical Center, MOB-B, 800 Garfield Ave.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Camden Clark, MOB-B.

FRIDAY

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

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

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

• Jackson County, 1-5 p.m., armory, 8832 Pt. Pleasant Road, Millwood.

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

• Wood County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive Parkersburg.

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