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West Virginia reports two COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Two deaths from the COVID-19 virus have been confirmed in Raleigh County on Tuesday by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The death count since the pandemic began a year ago was at 2,640 residents as of Tuesday morning.

Active cases of the virus was 6,263 on Tuesday, up only 11 in the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday mornings. New cases of the virus increased 331 from Monday to Tuesday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day): Calhoun, 6 (6); Doddridge, 27 (26); Gilmer, 5 (4); Jackson, 54 (56); Pleasants, 5 (7); Ritchie, 9 (9); Roane, 17 (16); Tyler, 27 (27); Wirt, 4 (5); Wood, 166 (183.)

The state has fully vaccinated 311,181 people. By local county, the number of people fully vaccinated and percentage of population: Calhoun, 971, 13.7; Doddridge, 2,040, 24.1; Gilmer, 1,329, 17; Jackson, 3,651, 12.8; Pleasants, 1,416, 19; Ritchie, 1,587, 16.6; Roane, 2,141, 15.6; Tyler, 1,491, 17.4; Wirt, 1,003, 17.2; Wood, 9,942, 11.9.

Residents 16 and older can register for a vaccination at vaccinate.wv.gov or call 1-833-734-0965 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

As of Tuesday, 229 people were in a hospital, up 12 since Monday morning, with 78 in an intensive care unit and 24 patients on ventilators.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has joined with WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, Coplin Health Systems, Ritchie Regional Health Center and the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley for vaccination clinics in the area.

Appointments can be scheduled online at uwamov.com/covid. Those without internet access can schedule an appointment by calling 304-420-1449. If it’s answered by voicemail, a person should leave a name, date of birth and phone number.

Appointments can be made for the following Moderna vaccine clinics:

* Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg

* Today 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coplin Clinic, 483 Court St., Elizabeth

* Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., WVU-P Early Childhood Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg

* Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pleasants County Library, 101 Lafayette St., St. Marys

A second dose clinic is planned Friday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church for those who received their first dose on March 3, 5 or 6. Health Department personnel are calling to schedule the shots, but anyone needing that boost who does not receive a call is asked to call 304-420-1449.

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