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Virus claims two more lives in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Another two people have died from the COVID-19 virus, raising the total number of dead in West Virginia to 319, the Department of Health and Human Resources said Wednesday.

The department reported there have been 525,236 total confirmatory laboratory results received for the virus with 14,504 total cases, an increase of 120 in the 24-hour period after Tuesday morning.

Confirmed as dying from the virus since Tuesday morning were a 91-year-old woman from Kanawha County and an 80-year-old man from Kanawha County.

“The continued loss of West Virginia lives weighs heavily on all of us, with the greatest sadness borne by family and friends,” Bill J. Crouch, secretary of the department, said.

The state reported 3,444 active cases, a drop of 101 since Tuesday, with 163 patients in the hospital, 61 in intensive care units and 31 on ventilators.

The case counts reported Wednesday in local counties were: Calhoun (25) up one, Doddridge (18) no change, Gilmer (32) up one, Jackson (252) no change, Pleasants (16) no change, Ritchie (10) down one, Roane (49) up one, Tyler (15) no change, Wirt (12) no change and Wood (354) up two.

No counties were designated red on the County Alert System map on Wednesday. Several counties in the highest alert category were lowered to orange.

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