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W.Va. sees 15 more virus deaths; 3 in Wood, Ritchie counties

CHARLESTON — Fifteen people including three from Wood and Ritchie counties have died over the last 24 hours from the virus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Tuesday.

Deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus totaled 682 as of Tuesday morning, the department said in its pandemic update.

The department, in the 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday mornings, confirmed the deaths of a 94-year-old man from Wayne County, a 78-year-old woman from Cabell County, a 70-year-old man from Fayette County, an 80-year-old man from Mineral County, a 74-year-old woman from Marshall County, a 90-year-old woman from Mineral County, a 35-year-old woman from Ohio County, an 84-year-old woman from Marion County, an 87-year-old woman from Wood County, a 92-year-old woman from Ritchie County, a 79-year-old man from Wood County, a 70-year-old woman from Kanawha County, an 81-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 70-year-old man from Mineral County and an 83-year-old man from Mingo County.

Condolences were expressed by department Secretary Bill J. Crouch.

“Our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones,” he said. “Now, more than ever, we must be diligent in our efforts to control the spread of this virus for the health of our loved ones if not for ourselves.”

More than 60 people have died from the virus in the last week in West Virginia.

The state reported of the 1,048,077 laboratory results received for the virus since the pandemic began, 42,083 were positive, an increase of 969 in the 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday. The daily positivity rate was 4.8 percent and the cumulative rate is 3.51 percent.

Active cases totaled 13,940 with 463 people in the hospital, 129 in intensive care and 51 on ventilators, an increase of 30, a decrease of four and a decrease of nine in the 24-hour period.

The state reported 13,940 active cases and 27,461 recovered cases.

Wirt and Ritchie counties are red on the County Alert System map, the most severe on the map. Wood and Jackson are orange. Tyler and Pleasants are yellow. Doddridge is gold. Roane, Calhoun and Gilmer are green, the least severe on the map.

Confirmed and probable cases, active cases and deaths in local counties: Calhoun (127) (16) (0), Doddridge (114) (26) (2), Gilmer (192) (37) (0), Jackson (667) (139) (26), Pleasants (76) (26) (4), Ritchie (133) (56) (2), Roane (152) (31) (3), Tyler (127) (22) (0), Wirt (92) (27) (1) and Wood (2,236) (937) (17.)

Free testing sites are available at:

TODAY:

• 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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