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New deaths bring West Virginia death toll to 639

CHARLESTON — Another 16 people including two from Pleasants and Jackson counties were among the confirmed deaths reported Friday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state has tallied 639 deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to Friday morning’s pandemic update from the department.

The state has confirmed the deaths of an 83-year-old man from Marshall County, a 70-year-old man from Logan County, a 59-year-old woman from Boone County, a 74-year-old woman from Lincoln County, a 72-year-old man from Monroe County, a 92-year-old woman from Ohio County, a 79-year-old man from Marion County, an 85-year-old woman from Mineral County, a 79-year-old man from Fayette County, a 68-year-old woman from Summers County, a 95-year-old woman from Summers County, a 74-year-old man from Pleasants County, a 71-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 77-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 75-year-old man from Jackson County and an 85-year-old man from Hampshire County.

“We mourn the tragic loss of these West Virginians and send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

On Friday, the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Health Department reported one death in Wood County.

The department reported as of Friday, there have been 989,560 total confirmatory laboratory results with 38,480 total cases, an increase of 1,081 in the 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday mornings. The increase was the second above 1,000 in two straight days.

The daily positivity rate is 4.77 percent and the cumulative is 3.42 percent.

Current active cases totaled 12,177 as of Friday with 402 people in a hospital, a drop of 27 from Thursday, 120 patients in an intensive care unit and 51 on ventilators, a decrease of 27, three and one, respectively, from Thursday.

Wood, Jackson, Marshall, Berkeley, Mineral and Hardy counties are in the red category, the most severe on the County Alert System map based on infection rates. The counties also are red on the Department of Education school alert map, which will be updated 5 p.m. Saturday.

Cases, active cases and deaths per local county: Calhoun (53) (12) (0), Doddridge (98) (21) (2), Gilmer (180) (26) (0), Jackson (636) (166) (26), Pleasants (66) (22) (4), Ritchie (107) (41) (1), Roane (144) (25) (3), Tyler (116) (20) (0), Wirt (77) (20) (1) and Wood (1,950) (864) (14).

Free testing sites are available today at:

* 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.

* Wirt County: 11-3 p.m., Wirt County Board of Education parking lot, 389 Mulberry St., Elizabeth.

Sunday:

* Ritchie County: 1-4 p.m., Ellenboro Fire Deparmtnet,. 103 E. Washiongton Ave., Ellenboro.

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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