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11 new COVID deaths reported

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — Eleven additional deaths were confirmed from the virus in the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Tuesday.

The total since the pandemic began a year ago is 2,274 residents, the department said.

The state has confirmed the deaths of residents in Wyoming, Mercer, Randolph, Lewis, Preston, McDowell and Mingo counties.

Seventy-eight people are in an intensive care unit and 35 patients are on a ventilator with 296 people in a hospital, the state said. Hospitalizations peaked over 800 the first week of January.

New positive cases increased 285 from Monday to Tuesday with 8,528 active cases across the state, the department said. Active cases are at the lowest since Nov. 12.

The daily positivity rate is 3.32 percent.

The state has fully vaccinated 167,963 residents.

All West Virginians 16 and older are encouraged to pre-register for a vaccination through the Vaccine Registration System at www.vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1 833 734-0965. The information line is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

All clinic appointment slots this week have been assigned as vaccine supplies allowed to those pre-registered through the Vaccine Registration System.

Individuals will be notified through the Vaccine Registration System or their local health department if they are selected for an appointment slot in their area. Vaccine supplies are limited and walk-ins are not accepted.

Due to possible inclement weather, check local news media, social media and www.vaccinate.wv.gov for any changes or delays.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department requested that those scheduled originally to get a booster vaccine on Thursday, Feb. 25, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg should come on Friday, Feb. 26, at the same time of their original appointment.

The schedule for local clinics is:

Today: Wirt County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Coplin Health Systems, 483 Court St., Elizabeth.

Thursday: Calhoun County: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Calhoun Middle/High School Front Loop, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion; Jackson County: 1-5 p.m., Jackson County Armory, 8832 Pt. Pleasant Road, Millwood; Pleasants County, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Pleasants County Library, 101 Lafayette St., St. Marys; Ritchie County, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ritchie County 4-H Camp, 4-H Camp Road, Harrisville; Wood County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg.

Friday: Doddridge County, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Doddridge County High School Technical Center, 65 Doddridge County School Road, West Union; Gilmer County, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Sue Morris Sports Complex, 1294 U.S. Highway 33E, Glenville; Roane County, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., City of Spencer Armory, 207 E. Main St., Spencer; Wetzel and Tyler counties, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., United Methodist Church-New Martinsville, 10 Howard Jeffers Drive, New Martinsville; Wood County A, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WVU-Camden Clark Medical Center Medical Office Building B, 705 Garfield Ave., Parkersburg; Wood County B, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg.

Doses administered per county in the region and percentage of population are: Calhoun, 1,670, 23.5; Doddridge, 2,191, 25.9; Jackson, 5,717, 20; Pleasants, 1,968, 26.4; Ritchie, 1,780, 18.6; Roane, 2,795, 20.4; Tyler, 1,630, 19; Wetzel, 3,828, 25.4; Wirt, 1,227, 21.1; Wood, 14,167, 17.

The counties with the largest percentage of population receiving a shot are Pocahontas and Tucker with 41 percent each followed by Wyoming at 38.2 percent, Kanawha with 33.3 percent and Hancock at 31.6 percent.

The counties with the smallest proportion of population with doses administered are Jefferson with 9.4 percent and Berkeley at 11.3 percent.

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