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West Virginia COVID cases top 8,000 as downward trend continues

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the virus hovered a little over 8,000 as of Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said.

Active cases were at 8,020, continuing a downward trend, the lowest since Nov. 11, the department said in its Thursday morning pandemic update. The peak was Jan. 10 with 29,257 active infections.

New cases of the virus increased by 431 in the 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the department reported. The statistic is the highest in about a week.

Hospitalizations are at 282 on Thursday with 74 people in an intensive care unit and 40 on ventilators.

Five additional deaths from the virus were confirmed Thursday, raising the total since the pandemic began a year ago to 2,290 residents, the department said. Deaths were confirmed in Kanawha, Brooke, Summers, Tucker and Summers counties.

The state has fully vaccinated, with two shots, 175,181 residents, about 10 percent of the 1.8 million population.

Doses administered per county in the region and percentage of population are: Calhoun, 1,681, 23.6; Doddridge, 2,261, 26.8; Jackson, 5,749, 20.1; Pleasants, 1,970, 26.4; Ritchie, 1,852, 19.4; Roane, 2,861, 20.9; Tyler, 1,685, 19.6; Wetzel, 3,949, 26.2; Wirt, 1,289, 22.1; Wood, 14,303, 17.1.

Virus statistics for local counties by number active and total deaths: Calhoun, 8, 0; Doddridge, 25, 6; Gilmer, 12, 8; Jackson, 26, 50; Pleasants, 14, 17; Ritchie, 27, 9; Roane, 14, 7; Tyler, 58, 4; Wetzel, 98, 19; Wirt, 11, 2; Wood, 203, 130.

The schedule of COVID-19 coronavirus vaccination clinics for today in the region is:

* 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.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department said those originally scheduled to get a booster vaccine Thursday at West Virginia University at Parkersburg should come today at the same time of the original appointment.

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

West Virginians 16 and older can pre-register for a vaccination through the Vaccine Registration System at 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.

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.

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