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Active cases of COVID-19 dropping; four deaths reported

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in West Virginia were below 11,000 as of Tuesday, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state reported 10,969 active cases, a drop of 714 from the previous 24 hours and the lowest since Nov. 17, records from the department said. Active cases peaked at 29,257 on Jan. 10.

New cases increased by 228 in the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday mornings, the department said in its Tuesday morning pandemic update. The daily positivity rate was 3.18 percent, the lowest since Dec. 27 when it was 17.4 percent. Cumulative rate is 5.55 percent, the department said.

Four additional deaths from the virus were confirmed to be virus-related from Monday to Tuesday of residents from Berkeley, Webster, Raleigh and Kanawha counties. The number of deaths since the pandemic began a year ago was at 2,216 as of Tuesday, the department said.

The state has fully vaccinated 144,250 residents, the department said. Residents can pre-register for a vaccination at vaccinate.wv.gov.

Hospitalizations also are going down with 321 people in a hospital, 82 in intensive care and 39 on ventilators, the state said. Hospital numbers were at the highest in the first of January.

Virus statistics for local counties as of Monday:

∫ Calhoun: 7 active cases, 211 recovered, 196 total confirmed, 22 total probable, 6,966 tests, 0 deaths.

∫ Doddridge: 35 active, 409 recovered, 346 total confirmed, 104 total probable, 6,092 tests, 6 deaths.

∫ Gilmer: 18 active, 654 recovered, 584 total confirmed, 95 total probable, 8,944 tests, 7 deaths.

∫ Jackson: 88 active, 1,520 recovered, 1,489 total confirmed, 167 total probable, 26,351 tests, 48 deaths.

∫ Pleasants: 22 active, 753 recovered, 660 total confirmed, 132 total probable, 7,649 tests, 17 deaths.

∫ Ritchie: 32 active, 558 recovered, 485 total confirmed, 114 total probable, 8,137 tests, 9 deaths.

∫ Roane: 18 active, 460 recovered, 442 total confirmed, 43 total probable, 14,131 tests, 7 deaths.

∫ Tyler: 84 active, 517 recovered, 393 total confirmed, 212 total probable, 7,919 tests, 4 deaths.

∫ Wetzel: 135 active, 900 recovered, 602 total confirmed, 452 total probable, 11,988 tests, 19 deaths.

∫ Wirt: 9 active, 329 recovered, 261 total confirmed, 79 total probable, 3,998 tests, 2 deaths.

∫ Wood: 283 active, 6,466 recovered, 5,156 total confirmed, 1,718 probable, 82,239 tests, 125 deaths.

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