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COVID-19 claims more West Virginians

CHARLESTON — Twenty-eight people have been confirmed as deaths due to the COVID-19 coronavirus since Friday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state confirmed the deaths of five people on Monday occurring in the 24-hour period from Sunday to Monday, a 66-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 71-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 79-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 75-year-old man from Wyoming County and a 72-year-old man from Summers County.

“On this National Public Health Thank You Day, we are grateful for our healthcare professionals, support staff and all who continue to do everything in their power to combat COVID-19,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said in the routine Monday morning pandemic update from the state. “Our sincere sympathies are extended to these families.”

The department this weekend confirmed the deaths of 23 people, including that of a 62-year-old man in Wood County, from Friday to Sunday morning.

On Sunday, the deaths were confirmed of a 91-year-old man from Mineral County, a 72-year-old man from Mineral County, an 80-year-old man from Mineral County and a 60-year-woman female from Summers County over the 24-hour period after Saturday morning.

From Friday to Saturday, the department reported it confirmed the deaths of 19 people. They were a 61-year-old man from Fayette County, a 74-year-old man from Summers County, a 66-year-old man from Logan County, a 90-year-old man from Nicholas County, an 80-year-old man from Marshall County, an 80-year from Cabell County, a 79-year-old man from Cabell County, an 89-year-old man from Cabell County, a 62-year-old man from Wood County, a 63-year-old man from Harrison County, a 91-year from Harrison County, an 85-year from Kanawha County, an 85-year from Kanawha County, a 92-year from Harrison County, a 69-year from Mason County, an 83-year-old man from Putnam County, an 85-year from Mason County, a 96-year-old man from Wetzel County and an 88-year-old man from Morgan County.

Total deaths as of Monday were 667.

The Pleasants County Board of Education reported Monday that an individual at Belmont Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing was conducted and individuals who were identified as “at risk” were contacted individually by phone and given instructions and recommendations. Pleasants County Schools will continue to follow all guidance from state and local health agencies and the CDC.

As of now, Pleasants County Schools will remain on remote learning through Dec. 2. Updates will be made through all-calls, social media, and on the school website.

The department on Monday also reported as there have been 1,033,510 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 41,114 total positive cases, an increase of 636 cases since Sunday. The daily positivity rate is 4 percent and the cumulative rate is 3.48 percent.

The state reported 13,678 active cases with 463 people in the hospital, 136 in an intensive care unit and 60 on ventilators, an increase of 30, 15 and one over the previous day.

Active cases as of Monday totaled 13,678 active cases and 26,769 recovered cases, the state said.

Cases, active cases and deaths per local county: Calhoun (57) (15) (0), Doddridge (109) (2), Jackson (666) (161) (26), Pleasants (73) (23) (4), Ritchie (128) (53) (2), Roane (148) (3), Tyler (126), (24) (0) Wirt (90) (27) (1), and Wood (2,141) (946) (15).

In the Department of Education’s School Alert System map updated on Saturday, designated red, the severest category for restrictions, were Wood, Wirt, Jackson, Ritchie, Marshall, Mineral, Berkeley and Hardy counties. Ritchie was moved to red after a re-examination of the data.

Voluntary red counties are Wetzel, Clay, Nicholas, Upshur, Grant and Hampshire counties.

Locally, Pleasants, Tyler and Calhoun counties are yellow and Roane, Gilmer and Doddridge are green, the least restrictive in the education map.

In the County Alert System map issued Monday by the Department of Health and Human Resources, Wood County dropped from red to orange. Wirt County was red. Tyler, Pleasants and Calhoun were yellow. Doddridge was gold. Jackson was orange. Gilmer and Roane are green.

Free testing sites are available today at:

* Jackson County: 1-5 p.m., Ravenswood Senior Center, 511 Washington St., Ravenswood.

* Ritchie County: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ellenboro Fire Department, 103 E. Washington Ave., Ellenboro.

* Wood County: noon-4 pm., Parkersburg High School, 2101 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg.

WEDNESDAY

* Wood County: 10 a.m.-noon, Parkersburg High School, 2101 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg.

SATURDAY

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

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