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Wood County resident among COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — A Wood County resident is among the nine deaths from the virus confirmed this weekend by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The department confirmed the death of a 76-year-old woman from Wood County on Saturday.

Other deaths confirmed this weekend were in Preston, Clay, Raleigh and Lewis counties. The confirmations include a 31-year-old woman from Kanawha County, the department said.

Total confirmed deaths since the pandemic began a year ago were at 2,300 on Sunday.

Active cases and hospitals have been trending downward since the peak in January. Active cases as of Sunday were 7,258, the lowest since Nov. 9, while new cases increased around 430 over the weekend.

Hospitalizations were at 239 patients, the lowest since Oct. 29, with 65 people in an intensive care unit and 34 on ventilators.

The state has fully vaccinated 197,431 people. West Virginians can pre-register for a vaccination at vaccinate.wv.gov.

Total doses administered per county in the region and by percentage of population are: Doddridge, 2,789, 33; Pleasants, 2,096, 28.1; Gilmer, 2,059, 26.3; Calhoun, 1,754, 24.; Roane, 3,261, 23.8; Wirt, 1,359, 23.3; Tyler, 1,986, 23.1; Ritchie, 2,140, 22.4; Jackson, 6,206, 21.7; Wood, 16,026, 19.2.

Virus statistics for local counties by number active and total deaths: Calhoun, 10, 0; Doddridge, 19, 6; Gilmer, 16, 8; Jackson, 27, 50; Pleasants, 12, 17; Ritchie, 22, 9; Roane, 118, 7; Tyler, 51, 4; Wirt, 15, 2; Wood, 200, 131.

No counties in the region or in the state are in the red category, the worst level by terms of spread and infections, in the county alert system. Pleasants, Jackson, Calhoun and Doddridge counties are green, the lowest level in the system.

Wirt County is orange, second worst level on the chart, and Wood County is gold, third worst. Tyler, Ritchie and Gilmer are yellow, second lowest on the chart.

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