COVID-19 claims another 14 lives in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Another 14 West Virginians died from the virus in a 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday, including two residents from Wood and Roane counties, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The death toll is 612 since the beginning of the pandemic, the department said.

The state Wednesday confirmed the deaths of an 86-year-woman from Cabell County, a 44-year-old man from Mingo County, a 78-year-woman from Mercer County, a 90-year-woman from Brooke County, a 68-year-old man from Wyoming County, a 74-year-woman from Kanawha County, a 72-year-woman from Roane County, a 76-year-old man from Nicholas County, an 81-year-woman from Wood County, an 86-year-old man from Harrison County, a 62-year-old man from Wayne County, a 92-year-old man from Jefferson County, a 76-year-old man from Logan County and a 94-year-old man from Jefferson County.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department reported a second Wood County death Wednesday. No further details were available.

“Today is a difficult day in our fight against COVID-19,” Secretary Bill J. Crouch, secretary of the department, said. “As we work to slow the growth of this virus in West Virginia, we must do better. Our hearts go out to all who are grieving during this time.”

The department in its Wednesday morning pandemic report said 955,928 total confirmatory laboratory results have been received with 36,277 total positive cases, an increase of 953 cases in the 24 hours after Tuesday morning.

Active cases were 11,172, an increase of 365 in 24 hours. The positivity rate is daily 5.66 percent and 3.35 percent cumulative.

The count of patients in the hospital was at 429 with 126 in an intensive care unit and 50 on ventilators, increases of 29, 10 and seven, respectively.

Cases and deaths per local county: Calhoun (46) (0), Doddridge (91) (1), Gilmer (180) (0), Jackson (592) (24), Pleasants (64) (3), Ritchie (100) (1), Roane (139) (3), Tyler (110) (0), Wirt (73) (1) and Wood (1,779) (12).

Free testing is available today at:

* Jackson County: 8:30-noon, Ravenswood Senior Center, 511 Washington St., Ravenswood; 1-4 p.m., Jackson County Armory, 8832 Point Pleasant Road, Millwood.

* Pleasants County: noon-4 p.m., St. Marys Marina, 617 Riverside Road, St. Marys.

* Tyler County: 8-noon, Wetzel-Tyler Health Department, 425 S. Fourth Ave., Paden City.


* Jackson County: 8:30-noon, Jackson County Health Department, 504 Church St. South, Ripley; 1-5 p.m., Ravenswood Senior Center, 511 Washington St., Ravenswood.

* Tyler County: 1-4 p.m., Wetzel-Tyler Health Department, 425 S. Fourth Avenue, Paden City.


* Jackson County: 9-1 p.m., Jackson County Health Department, 504 Church St., South, Ripley.

* Tyler County: 8-noon, Wetzel-Tyler Health Department, 425 S. Fourth Ave., Paden City.

Drive-Thru Pharmacy Testing (pre-registration required):

* Gilmer County: Walgreens, 902 North Lewis St., Glenville.

* Jackson County: Fruth Pharmacy, 509 South Church St., Ripley; Walgreens, 406 Washington St., Ravenswood; Walgreens, 635 West Main St., Ripley.

* Roane County: Fruth Pharmacy, 218 Market St., Spencer.

* Wood County: Fruth Pharmacy, 1506 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells; Walgreens, 3400 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg; Walgreens, 2300 Grand Central Ave., Vienna.


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