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Pleasants County man among latest virus victims

CHARLESTON — Six more people including a man from Pleasants County are among the confirmed deaths from the COVID-19 virus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported Thursday morning.

The death toll from the virus in West Virginia was at 325 people.

The department has confirmed the deaths of a 96-year-old woman from Mason County, a 62-year-old woman from Fayette County, a 72-year-old man from Fayette County, an 86-year-old man male Kanawha County, a 69-year-old woman from Kanawha County and the 89-year-old man from Pleasants County.

“Our deepest condolences are extended to these families for their loss,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “We are thankful for our health care professionals and all those on the front line who continue to treat West Virginians battling COVID-19.”

The department reported in its 10 a.m. Thursday update that there has been 528,658 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19 with 14,706 total cases, an increase of 202 since Wednesday morning.

It is the sixth time there has been a 200-plus increase over a 24-hour period since the end of August.

The state reported 3,550 active cases with 173 people in a hospital, 57 in intensive care units and 30 patients on ventilators.

The daily infection rate reported Thursday morning was 4.11.

The case counts reported Wednesday in local counties were: Calhoun (25) no change, Doddridge (19) up one, Gilmer (39) up seven, Jackson (258) up six, Pleasants (16) no change, Ritchie (11) up one, Roane (49) no change, Tyler (15) no change, Wirt (12) no change, Wood (356) up two.

No counties were reported in the red on the County Alert System map on Thursday.

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