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More COVID-19 deaths in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Residents arrived early Tuesday at the free COVID-19 test site at the South Parkersburg Baptist Church on Blizzard Drive. The testing event started at noon and was to end at 3 p.m., but the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department announced around 2 p.m. that it could no longer accept any more cars. (Photo by Jess Mancini)

PARKERSBURG — For the second day in a row, COVID-19 deaths were reported in Wood and Ritchie counties.

An 81-year-old Wood County man and a 92-year-old Ritchie County woman were among 23 people whose deaths from COVID-19 were announced Tuesday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said in a news release that there have been 17 total COVID-19 fatalities in Wood County and four in Ritchie since the onset of the pandemic in March.

“MOVHD would like to extend our regrets to the families,” the release said.

DHHR statistics listed an 18th death in Wood County as well. Carrie Brainard, threat preparedness coordinator for the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, said she believes there may have been an individual who does not live in Wood County initially included in the county’s total.

Other deaths confirmed and announced Tuesday around the state ranged from a 55-year-old Harrison County woman to a 99-year-old Marshall County man.

“As we solemnly observe the passing of more state residents and extend our sincere sympathies to their loved ones, now, more than ever, we must not relax on our preventive measures,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR cabinet secretary. “These actions help ensure the health and safety of our fellow West Virginians.”

Virus statistics for Mid-Ohio Valley counties Tuesday were:

∫ Calhoun: 31 active cases, 50 recovered, 73 total confirmed, 8 total probable, 3,682 tests, 0 deaths.

∫ Doddridge: 18 active, 104 recovered, 102 total confirmed, 23 total probable, 2,483 tests, 3 deaths.

∫ Gilmer: 54 active, 155 recovered, 201 total confirmed, 8 total probable, 4,597 tests, 0 deaths.

∫ Jackson: 81 active, 598 recovered, 680 total confirmed, 26 total probable, 13,128 tests, 27 deaths.

∫ Pleasants: 41 active, 56 recovered, 86 total confirmed, 15 total probable, 3,186 tests, 4 deaths.

∫ Ritchie: 71 active, 107 recovered, 148 total confirmed, 34 total probable, 4,659 tests, 2 deaths.

∫ Roane: 57 active, 128 recovered, 180 total confirmed, 8 total probable, 8,004 tests, 3 deaths.

∫ Tyler: 16 active, 124 recovered, 110 total confirmed, 31 total probable, 3,605 tests, 1 death.

∫ Wetzel: 57 active, 346 recovered, 293 total confirmed, 122 total probable, 7,506 tests, 12 deaths.

∫ Wirt: 41 active, 75 recovered, 90 total confirmed, 27 total probable, 1,851 tests, 1 death.

∫ Wood: 995 active, 1,626 recovered, 2,055 total confirmed, 584 probable, 43,869 tests, 18 deaths.

A free COVID-19 testing event was held Tuesday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church on Blizzard Drive. The event was supposed to last from noon to 3 p.m. but MOVHD officials announced around 2 p.m. that they could not accept additional cars because so many were lined up

“We had two lines going through, and we couldn’t get them through fast enough,” Brainard said.

Upcoming free testing events today include:

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

∫ Jackson County – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jackson County Health Department, 504 South Church St., Ripley.

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

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

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