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COVID claims Jackson County woman

CHARLESTON — Five more deaths from the COVID-19 virus were reported Friday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, including a 74-year-old woman from Jackson County.

The total of deaths since the pandemic began was at 2,688 as of Friday morning, the department said. In addition to the death in Jackson County, deaths were confirmed in Putnam, Hancock, Fayette and Harrison counties.

Active cases of the virus were at 6,642 as of Friday with 420 new cases received in the 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday mornings, the state said.

Active cases increased by 143 from 6,499 on Friday. Cases, after going down, started rising again two weeks ago.

Active cases in local counties (day before) are: Active case totals in local counties include: Calhoun, 8, (4); Doddridge, 14 (13); Gilmer, 3 (3); Jackson, 69 (65); Pleasants, 8 (7); Ritchie, 8 (8); Roane, 27 (22); Tyler, 26 (26); Wirt, 5 (6); Wood, 134 (143).

The number of people hospitalized because of the virus has increased in the past two weeks. Hospitalizations were at 244 with 81 people in an intensive care unit and 23 on ventilators.

The state has fully vaccinated 342,851 people.

The number of people fully vaccinated and percentage of population in local counties are: Calhoun, 1,130, 15.9; Doddridge, 2,340, 27.7; Gilmer, 1,360, 17.4; Jackson, 4,100, 14.3; Pleasants, 1,517, 20.3; Ritchie, 1,815, 19; Roane, 2,433, 17.8; Tyler, 1,600, 18.6; Wirt, 1,068, 18.3; Wood, 10,987, 13.2.

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

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