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West Virginia continuing to see decline in active COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continued to decline in West Virginia with the total at its lowest since the first week of November, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Active cases totaled 5,737, the department reported in its Sunday pandemic update released late afternoon. New cases of the virus in the 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday were 155, which also continued a downward trend.

Also confirmed were two deaths from the virus in the 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday, an 86-year-old woman from Mason County and a 68-year-old man from Berkeley County, the state said. The death count as of Sunday was 2,325 residents in West Virginia since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The number of residents in the hospital dropped to 179 with 40 people in an intensive care unit and 26 people on ventilators. Hospitalizations peaked at more than 818 people in the first week of January.

No counties in the region or the state are red in the County Alert System. Red represents the highest rate of spread, however, Wirt County has a positivity rate of 10 percent, within the red category guidelines.

The state has fully vaccinated 216,937 residents.

Vaccinations statistics of local counties by total doses administered and percent of population: Doddridge, 3,430, 40.6; Gilmer, 2,398, 30.7; Pleasants, 7,460, 32; Wirt, 1,666, 28.6; Roane, 3,835, 28; Tyler, 2,397, 27.9; Calhoun, 2,006, 28.2; Ritchie, 2,546, 26.7; Jackson, 6,853, 24; Wood, 19,052, 22.8.

Active cases and deaths per local county: Calhoun, 10, 0; Doddridge, 22, 6; Gilmer, 15, 8; Jackson, 29, 50; Pleasants, 9, 17; Ritchie 11, 9; Roane, 7, 7; Tyler 30, 4; Wirt 7, 2; Wood, 208, 132.

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