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West Virginia confirms four Mid-Ohio Valley COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Four more people from Wood and Doddridge counties have been confirmed as deaths from the virus in the 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Statewide, another 14 people have died from the virus, raising the total confirmed deaths since the pandemic started to 1,849 in West Virginia, the department said in its Thursday morning COVID-19 update. Fifty-three people from the region have died just since Jan. 11, 193 in total from counties in the region since the pandemic began.

The state confirmed Thursday the deaths of a 93-year-old woman from Wood County, an 81-year-old man from Doddridge County, a 68-year-old man from Wood County and an 83-year-old woman from Wood County. Also confirmed from around the state were residents from Kanawha, Cabell, Mercer, Harrison and Hancock counties, the youngest being a 36-year-old woman from Kanawha County.

The department Thursday clarified Wednesday’s report that the death of a 75-year-old man from Pleasants County was determined to be a duplicate, therefore reducing the total deaths to 1,835 prior to Thursday’s report.

“This is another tragic day for West Virginia as the death toll continues to rise,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Our hearts go out to these West Virginians and their families. Let’s continue taking every precaution we can to slow the spread of this disease.”

New positive cases of the virus totaled 940 in the 24-hour period from Wednesday to Thursday mornings, the department said. Active cases were 25,737 as of Thursday morning with a daily positivity rate of 5.25 percent and a cumulative rate of 5.52 percent.

Of the 156,300 first doses received, the state has administered 137,068 as of Thursday. Of the 75,500 second doses received, the state has fully immunized 32,122 people. By age group: 0-24, 5,291; 25-34, 18,618; 45-54, 29,485; 55-64, 30,160; 65-74, 19,531; 75-84, 22,075; 85+, 18,982.

Hospitalizations were 638 with 167 patients in an intensive care unit and 88 on a ventilators.

Local county statistics:

* Calhoun: 32 active, 162 recovered, 173 cumulative confirmed, 21 cumulative probable, 5,958 tests, 0 deaths.

* Doddridge: 63 active, 307 recovered, 282 cumulative confirmed, 93 cumulative probable, 4,970 tests, 5 deaths.

* Gilmer: 26 active, 510 recovered, 450 cumulative confirmed, 92 cumulative probable, 7,746 tests, 6 deaths.

* Jackson: 192 active, 1,291 recovered, 1,371 cumulative confirmed, 155 cumulative probable, 22,155 tests, 43 deaths.

* Pleasants: 64 active, 658 recovered, 620 cumulative confirmed, 114 cumulative probable, 6,116 tests, 12 deaths.

* Ritchie: 75 active, 433 recovered, 424 cumulative confirmed, 92 cumulative probable, 7,104 tests, 8 deaths.

* Roane: 71 active, 344 recovered, 381 cumulative confirmed, 40 cumulative probable, 12,565 tests, 6 deaths.

* Tyler: 125 active, 394 recovered, 337 cumulative confirmed, 185 cumulative probable, 6,744 tests, 3 deaths.

* Wetzel: 181 active, 731 recovered, 543 cumulative confirmed, 387 cumulative probable, 10,412 tests, 18 deaths.

* Wirt: 42 active, 262 recovered, 238 cumulative confirmed, 67 cumulative probable, 3,543 tests, 1 death.

* Wood: 696 active, 5,444 recovered, 4,682 cumulative confirmed, 1,545 probable, 72,363 tests, 87 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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