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COVID-19 deaths reported in Wood, Ritchie counties

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — The lives of a Wood County resident and a Ritchie County resident are among the most recent claimed by COVID-19 in West Virginia.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department on Sunday announced the deaths, without providing additional information about the individuals. It’s the 16th death the health department has recorded in Wood County and the third in Ritchie.

Among the fatalities listed by the state Department of Health and Human Resources Sunday and Monday in its daily updates were a 68-year-old man from Wood County and an 89-year-old Ritchie County woman.

“I urge all West Virginians to follow safety recommendations and extend deepest sympathy to families grieving profound loss,” Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary, said in Monday’s update.

No deaths were reported in the Friday update because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Reporting resumed Saturday with six additional deaths statewide, followed by 11 Sunday and six Monday.

Statistics from counties in the region as of 10 a.m. Monday were:

∫ Calhoun: 31 active cases, 49 recovered, 73 total confirmed, 7 total probable, 3,641 tests, 0 deaths.

∫ Doddridge: 20 active, 101 recovered, 101 total confirmed, 23 total probable, 2,470 tests, 3 deaths.

∫ Gilmer: 51 active, 155 recovered, 197 total confirmed, 9 total probable, 4,526 tests, 0 deaths.

∫ Jackson: 85 active, 588 recovered, 675 total confirmed, 25 total probable, 13,031 tests, 27 deaths.

∫ Pleasants: 40 active, 54 recovered, 85 total confirmed, 13 total probable, 3,162 tests, 4 deaths.

∫ Ritchie: 78 active, 98 recovered, 147 total confirmed, 32 total probable, 4,628 tests, 2 deaths.

∫ Roane: 56 active, 124 recovered, 175 total confirmed, 8 total probable, 7,992 tests, 3 deaths.

∫ Tyler: 13 active, 124 recovered, 108 total confirmed, 30 total probable, 3,627 tests, 0 deaths

∫ Wetzel: 55 active, 346 recovered, 291 total confirmed, 122 total probable, 7,381 tests, 12 deaths.

∫ Wirt: 43 active, 69 recovered, 90 total confirmed, 23 total probable, 1,825 tests, 1 death.

∫ Wood: 1,045 active, 1,531 recovered, 2,025 total confirmed, 568 probable, 43,555 tests, 16 deaths.

DHHR statistics show 17 deaths for Wood County. Carrie Brainard, threat preparedness coordinator with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, said last week that she believed two deaths attributed to Wood County actually involved people who lived elsewhere. At that point, the state showed 17 deaths and the local department 15.

Free testing continues to be offered at the following locations:

Today

∫ Doddridge County – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doddridge County Park (in the barn), 1252 Snowbird Road, West Union.

∫ Ritchie County – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ellenboro Fire Department, 103 E. Washington St., Ellenboro.

∫ Wood County – Noon to 3 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg.

Wednesday

∫ Doddridge County – 1-5 p.m., Doddridge County Park (in the barn), 1252 Snowbird Road, West Union.

∫ Wirt County – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wirt County Primary Center, 438 Schoolview St., Elizabeth.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department encourages individuals to pre-register for the Ritchie, Wirt and Wood events at www.ipsumcovidresults.com.

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