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Officials report four COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — The COVID-19 death toll in West Virginia has risen by four.

In its daily update Wednesday, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced the confirmation of the deaths of a 77-year-old Upshur County man, a 73-year-old Mercer County man, an 85-year-old Cabell County woman and an 84-year-old Ohio County woman.

“As we solemnly observe this tragic loss of life, we must continue to fight this virus,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “It is our duty to protect our fellow West Virginians.”

That brings the total number of deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus in West Virginia since the start of the pandemic to 436.

As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, there had been 747,304 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 23,064 total cases. There were 358 cases reported in the 24-hour period since the last update, with 4,557 cases considered active, meaning patients were hospitalized or in self-quarantine.

Total cases reported in local counties were: Calhoun (35), Doddridge (71), Gilmer (64), Jackson (386), Pleasants (29), Ritchie (37), Roane (106), Tyler (33), Wetzel (178), Wirt (53) and Wood (591).

State numbers include probable cases, as well as those confirmed by a test.

Free COVID-19 testing is available today to everyone, including asymptomatic individuals, at the following locations:

* Doddridge County, 2-4 p.m., Ritchie Regional Health Center, West Union Location, 190 Marie St., West Union.

* Ritchie County, 2-4 p.m., Ritchie Regional Health Center, 135 South Penn Ave., Harrisville.

* Wetzel County, 1-3 p.m., Wetzel-Tyler Health Department, 425 South Fourth Ave., Paden City (parking lot behind the department).

Testing locations, including drive-through pharmacy testing, can be found online at https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx.

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