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Three Mid-Ohio Valley residents among new COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Three residents from Pleasants, Wood and Jackson counties were confirmed deaths from the virus between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said.

The number of deaths from the virus since the pandemic began was 185 as of Wednesday morning from Wood, Wirt, Jackson, Tyler, Wetzel, Calhoun, Doddridge, Roane, Ritchie and Pleasants counties. Forty-nine people from the region have died since Jan. 11.

Statewide, the number of confirmed deaths from the virus was 1,836 as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 21 since Tuesday morning, the department said in its Wednesday morning update.

The department has confirmed the deaths of a 78-year-old man from Pleasants County, an 82-year-old man from Wood County and an 85-year-old woman from Jackson County.

Also confirmed were the deaths of residents from Fayette, Raleigh, Wyoming, Mercer, Berkeley, Raleigh, Putnam, Cabell County, Harrison, Preston, Upshur and Marion counties.

“We take the reporting of these deaths very seriously,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “As we extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones, we also encourage all West Virginians to recognize the continued need to take every possible step to slow the spread of this disease.”

The governor’s pandemic briefing schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday was changed to Tuesday and Thursday this week because of the state inaugural ceremonies on Friday in Charleston.

Of the 156,300 first doses of vaccine received, 134,037 have been administered. Of the 75,500 second doses received, 26,162 have been administered.

The number of people in a hospital was 655 on Wednesday with 161 in the intensive care unit and 79 on ventilators.

Active cases totaled 26,217 with an increase of 857 positive test results in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday mornings.

Local county statistics:

* Calhoun: 33 active, 158 recovered, 170 cumulative confirmed, 21 cumulative probable, 5,836 tests, 0 deaths.

* Doddridge: 67 active, 298 recovered, 275 cumulative confirmed, 94 cumulative probable, 4,896 tests, 4 deaths.

* Gilmer: 39 active, 494 recovered, 447 cumulative confirmed, 92 cumulative probable, 7,703 tests, 6 deaths.

* Jackson: 201 active, 1,259 recovered, 1,350 cumulative confirmed, 152 cumulative probable, 21,634 tests, 42 deaths.

* Pleasants: 63 active, 656 recovered, 620 cumulative confirmed, 112 cumulative probable, 6,187 tests, 13 deaths.

* Ritchie: 72 active, 428 recovered, 417 cumulative confirmed, 91 cumulative probable, 7,056 tests, 8 deaths.

* Roane: 62 active, 342 recovered, 370 cumulative confirmed, 40 cumulative probable, 12,483 tests, 6 deaths.

* Tyler: 137 active, 375 recovered, 331 cumulative confirmed, 184 cumulative probable, 6,550 tests, 3 deaths.

* Wetzel: 194 active, 712 recovered, 536 cumulative confirmed, 388 cumulative probable, 10,359 tests, 18 deaths.

* Wirt: 44 active, 258 recovered, 236 cumulative confirmed, 67 cumulative probable, 3,493 tests, 1 death.

* Wood: 729 active, 5,379 recovered, 4,652 cumulative confirmed, 1,540 probable, 71,856 tests, 84 deaths.

The department said free COVID-19 testing is available to all West Virginia residents. For additional periodic and pharmacy testing events, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx.

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