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West Virginia continues to see spike in COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — An agency Thursday reported another 200-plus increase in virus cases in West Virginia and another three deaths over a 24-hour period from Wednesday.

Also, Calhoun County was elevated from yellow to orange on the county alert system because of increases in confirmed cases.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said an 80-year old man, a 90-year old woman and an 88-year old male, all from Kanawha County, have been confirmed dead from the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Deaths from the virus in West Virginia is at 257 people.

Department Secretary Bill Crouch offered the state’s condolences to the families.

“We take the reporting of these tragic deaths very seriously and extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones,” Crouch said.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, there has been 12,017 cases of the virus, up 209 from Wednesday morning. The department reported 2,856 active cases in the state with 141 people in a hospital, 51 in intensive care units and 21 on ventilators.

Over 467,000 tests have been performed.

For the county alert system, Monongalia County remains the only county in the state in the red region, the worst of the four in the color-coded scale from green, yellow, orange and red. The scale is based on infections per 100,000 people.

Calhoun County, at 10.05 per 100,000, was elevated from yellow, 3.1 to 9.9 cases per 100,000, to orange, 10-24.9 cases per 100,000. The county was yellow on Wednesday.

Counties in the orange, among other restrictions, can not hold assemblies or large group activities, must require face coverings for grades 3 and above at all times and athletics and extracurricular activities are limited to controlled practices.

Jackson, Doddridge and Roane are yellow. Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Pleasants and Tyler counties are designated green.

Cases reported in local counties were: Calhoun 21, up one; Doddridge 14, up one; Gilmer 19, down one; Jackson 219, no change; Pleasants 15, no change; Ritchie nine, up three; Roane 37, no change; Tyler 15, no change; Wirt eight, no change; Wood 327, up three. Case numbers may be affected by the person who may not be a resident of the county or crossed the state border to be tested, the department said.

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