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Wood, Tyler counties see more deaths from COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Two people in their 60s from Wood and Tyler counties are among the confirmed deaths from the virus over the 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said.

Also, Wood and Jackson counties have been elevated to red in the County Alert System Map, the top category in severity based on the infection rate and the positivity rate.

Confirmed deaths from the virus since the pandemic started was at 623 as of Thursday, the department said in its Thursday morning COVID-19 daily update.

The department listed another 11 people as confirmed dead, an 87-year-old woman from Cabell County, a 70-year-old man from Harrison County, a 68-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 75-year-old man from Ohio County, a 74-year-old man from Marshall County, an 82-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 63-year-old woman from Tyler County, a 92-year-old woman from Marshall County, an 85-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 64-year-old man from Wood County and a 62-year-old man from Kanawha County.

The daily condolences to families were again offered by Bill J. Crouch, secretary of the department.

“As many of us have grown tired of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant in our prevention efforts,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “Our sympathies are extended to these families.”

More than 70 people have died in West Virginia from the virus in the last week, according to the department’s pandemic statistics.

Wood County at an infection rate of 94.42 per 100,000 people was the third highest in the state behind Mineral County at 169.08 per 100,000 and Marshall County at 109.96 per 100,000. The infection rate in Jackson County was 69.49 per 100,000 people.

The positivity rate in Wood County according to the Thursday update was 8.35 percent and Jackson County was at 9.38 percent. The rate was 12.58 percent in Mineral County and 12.58 percent in Marshall.

Six counties are red, Wood, Jackson, Mineral, Marshall, Boone and Wayne.

The department also reported 972,894 confirmatory laboratory results have been received for COVID-19, with 37,399 total positive cases, an increase of 1,122 in the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday, the highest single-day increase since statistics have been recorded. The daily positivity rate is 5.22 percent and the cumulative rate is 3.39 percent.

The state reported 11,643 active cases with 415 people in the hospital, a decrease of 14 between Wednesday and Thursday, 123 in an intensive care unit, a decrease of three, and 52 on ventilators, an increase of two.

Cases and deaths per local county are: Calhoun (49) (0), Doddridge (95) (2), Jackson (620) (25), Pleasants (65) (3), Ritchie (106) (1), Roane (141) (3), Tyler (115) (1), Wirt (73) (1), and Wood (1,843) (12).

Free testing sites are available today at:

* 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.

SATURDAY

* 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.

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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