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Virus claims more lives in Jackson, Doddridge counties

CHARLESTON — Two men from Jackson and Doddridge counties are among the 17 confirmed deaths reported Thursday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The death toll in West Virginia since the pandemic began is 712, the department said in its daily pandemic update.

The state has confirmed the deaths of a 79-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 50-year-old man from Mason County, an 89-year-old woman from Jefferson County, a 69-year-old man from Cabell County, an 86-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 74-year-old woman from Putnam County, a 75-year-old man from Taylor County, an 85-year-old woman from Marshall County, a 57-year-old man from Raleigh County, an 81-year-old woman from Mineral County, a 47-year-old woman from Wyoming County, a 70-year-old man from Marshall County, a 98-year-old man from Cabell County, a 69-year-old man from Preston County, a 57-year-old man from Jackson County, an 85-year-old woman from Cabell County and a 68-year-old man from Doddridge County.

“During the holiday season, we feel the loss of loved ones with a deeper pain,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Each person lost to this virus is loved and remembered, not only today, but every day.”

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the department reported 1,079,066 total confirmatory laboratory results received for the coronavirus with 44,180 total positive cases, an increase of 1,130 in the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The increase is the highest recorded in a 24-hour period since the pandemic began, surpassing the 1,122 recorded between Nov. 18 and 19.

The daily positivity rate is 4.97 percent and the cumulative 3.56 percent.

The state reported 14,750 active cases, with 28,718 recovered cases, and 534 people in a hospital, 147 in an intensive care unit and 60 on a ventilator, an increase of 24, an increase of three and a decrease of four, respectively, from Wednesday’s report.

On the department County Alert System Map, Wirt County remained at red, the severest category, with Mason, Raleigh and Mineral counties. Calhoun County raised from green to yellow. Tyler and Pleasants counties was yellow. Jackson and Doddridge counties were gold. Wood and Ritchie counties were orange. Roane County was green, the least severe on the map.

Free testing sites are available:

WOOD COUNTY

* Nov. 30: Mineral Wells Elementary School, 1776 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, WV 26150

Time: noon to 3 p.m.

* Dec. 1: South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Dr., Parkersburg, WV, 26101

Time: noon to 3 p.m.

Pre-registration at https://www.ipsumcovidresults.com

WIRT COUNTY

* Nov. 30: Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, 90 Senior Circle, Elizabeth, WV, 26143

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Pre-registration at https://www.ipsumcovidresults.com

RITCHIE COUNTY

* Dec. 1: Ellenboro Fire Department, 103 E. Washington St., Ellenboro, WV, 26346

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pre-registration at https://www.ipsumcovidresults.com

JACKSON COUNTY

* Saturday: Jackson County Health Department, 504 Church St., Ripley

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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