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Officials report three Wood County COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Three residents of Wood County were confirmed Thursday as among deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state confirmed the deaths of a 91-year-old woman, an 84-year-old woman and an 87-year-old woman from Wood County. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, 128 residents from Wood County have been confirmed as deaths from the virus, according to the state statistics.

Eleven additional deaths were confirmed Thursday by the state in the 24-hour period from Wednesday to Thursday mornings, according to the state. Deaths also were confirmed of residents from Lewis, Upshur, Kanawha, Harrison, Taylor, Webster and Berkeley counties.

Confirmed deaths were at 2,236 for the entire state as of Thursday, the state said.

New infections, active cases and deaths generally have declined since the first of the year. The state reported 355 new positive cases in the 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday morning and 10,088 active cases, the lowest since Nov. 15.

The number of COVID-19-related patients in the hospital statewide was 301 on Thursday, the lowest since Nov. 11. The number of residents in intensive care units was at 57 with 25 people on ventilators, the lowest since October.

The state has administered 255,950 first shots of vaccine and 149,889 residents have been fully vaccinated. Vaccination clinics have been scheduled this week, however, scheduling has been affected by the weather.

Go to vaccinate.wv.gov to register for a vaccination and for a schedule of clinics.

Local counties by number of shots, percentage of county population and number of residents over 65 receiving a shot: Wood, 13,126, 15.7, 6,997; Wirt County, 1,135, 19.5, 686; Wetzel, 3,199, 21.2, 1,976; Tyler, 1,344, 15.6, 769; Roane, 2,422, 17.7, 1,616; Ritchie, 1,628, 17, 1,046; Pleasants, 1,713, 23, 1,041; Jackson, 5,219, 18.3, 2,824; Gilmer, 1,778, 22.7, 1,109; Doddridge, 2,079, 24.6, 1,275; Calhoun, 1,612, 22.7, 987.

Virus statistics for local counties by number active and deaths: Calhoun, 7, 0; Doddridge, 36, 6; Gilmer, 28, 7; Jackson, 50, 48; Pleasants, 21, 17; Ritchie, 29, 9; Roane, 15, 7; Tyler, 79, 4; Wetzel, 126, 19; Wirt, 6, 2; Wood, 230, 128.

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