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Six Mid-Ohio Valley COVID deaths reported

CHARLESTON — Another six people from Wood, Pleasants and Ritchie counties have been confirmed as deaths from the COVID-19 virus, according to Wednesday’s pandemic update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The total of confirmed deaths was increased by 37 between Tuesday and Wednesday and was at 1,671 residents since the pandemic began in March. The additional six deaths raises the total to 19 residents from the region dying from the virus since Monday.

The state has confirmed the deaths of an 81-year-old woman from Wood County, a 77-year-old woman from Wood County, an 87-year-old woman from Wood County, a 73-year-old man from Pleasants County, a 73-year-old woman from Ritchie County and a 77-year-old man from Pleasants County.

The other 31 people were from Also confirmed were the deaths of a 75-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 70-year-old woman from Brooke County, a 96-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 69-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 72-year-old woman from Pendleton County, a 60-year-old man from Hancock County, a 54-year-old man from Kanawha County, an 80-year-old man from Raleigh County, a 74-year-old woman from Boone County, an 89-year-old man from Cabell County, a 72-year-old woman from Logan County, an 88-year-old man from Ohio County, a 78-year-old woman from Mason County, a 58-year-old man from Boone County, a 68-year-old man from Hancock County, an 81-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 79-year-old woman from Mineral County, a 77-year-old man from Hancock County, an 82-year-old woman from Cabell County, a 74-year-old woman from Hardy County, an 86-year-old woman from Hampshire County, a 68-year-old man from Hancock County, a 76-year-old woman from Upshur County, a 77-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 45-year-old woman from Wayne County, a 93-year-old woman from Hancock County, a 73-year-old woman from Lewis County, an 83-year-old woman from Berkeley County, a 67-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 71-year-old woman from Marion County and a 96-year-old man from Summers County.

“Though we may tire of the restrictions of the pandemic, we must never forget that measures for prevention mean lives saved,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said in offering condolences.

According to its vaccine report, of the 132,700 first doses received, 100,696, or 74.9 percent, have been administered. If the 28,275 second doses received, 16,434, or 58.1 percent, have been administered.

New positive cases between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings totaled 1,189. Current active cases were at 27,982 with a daily positivity rate of 9.09 percent and a cumulative rate of 5.44 percent.

The state reported 765 people are in a hospital with 204 in an intensive care unit and 101 on ventilators, one short of the 102 high on Jan. 7.

Local county statistics:

* Calhoun: 44 active cases, 134 recovered, 157 cumulative confirmed, 21 cumulative probable, 5,519 tests, 0 deaths.

* Doddridge: 61 active, 261 recovered, 237 cumulative confirmed, 88 cumulative probable, 4,468 tests, 3 deaths.

* Gilmer: 61 active, 444 recovered, 420 cumulative confirmed, 90 cumulative probable, 7,248 tests, 5 deaths.

* Jackson: 224 active, 1,162 recovered, 1,281 cumulative confirmed, 144 cumulative probable, 20,351 tests, 39 deaths.

* Pleasants: 132 active, 557 recovered, 601 cumulative confirmed, 97 cumulative probable, 5,823 tests, 9 deaths.

* Ritchie: 95 active, 366 recovered, 391 cumulative confirmed, 78 cumulative probable, 6,605 tests, 8 deaths.

* Roane: 64 active, 305 recovered, 345 cumulative confirmed, 30 cumulative probable, 11,655 tests, 6 deaths.

* Tyler: 114 active, 338 recovered, 303 cumulative confirmed, 152 cumulative probable, 6,081 tests, 3 deaths.

* Wetzel: 173 active, 659 recovered, 505 cumulative confirmed, 343 cumulative probable, 9,808 tests, 16 deaths.

* Wirt: 49 active, 223 recovered, 214 cumulative confirmed, 59 cumulative probable, 3,263 tests, 1 death.

* Wood: 982 active, 4,855 recovered, 4,443 cumulative confirmed, 1,459 probable, 67,875 tests, 65 deaths.

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