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W.Va. revises COVID-19 death count downward

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — The state has removed 162 people previously confirmed as deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Tuesday said.

The revised death count since the pandemic began a year ago is at 2,662 as of Tuesday.

An epidemiology team conducted a reverse match by pulling official death certificates, the department said. After the review, 162 deaths were removed as the death certificates did not officially list COVID-19 as the cause of death, the state said in its Tuesday morning pandemic report.

“This update reflects consistency with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting and provides a more accurate reflection of COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia,” the state said.

The department reported three deaths in the 24-hour period from Monday to Tuesday morning, a 56-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 57-year-old man from Mineral County and a 47-year-old man from Mercer County.

The state reported 177 new cases of the virus in the period from Monday to Tuesday morning with 6,965 active cases throughout the state.

Daily active cases declined until mid-March, began to increase, then started decreasing the past few days. Daily cases peaked at 29,257 on Jan. 10.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 14 (13); Doddridge, 15 (14); Gilmer, 6 (5); Jackson, 69 (72); Pleasants, 21 (20); Ritchie, 17 (18); Roane, 23 (26); Tyler, 18 (18); Wetzel, 110 (104); Wirt, 11 (8); Wood, 101 (106).

Wetzel County turned red, the most severe category, on the state’s County Alert System based on infection rate and percent positivity, according to the Tuesday pandemic report. The infection rate was 36.98 per 100,000 and the percent positivity was 8.02 percent in Wetzel.

Wetzel, Berkeley and Raleigh were the only red counties in the state.

Wirt and Pleasants were yellow, second from the bottom in severity. Jackson County was listed as gold, midway on the charts.

Other counties in the region including Wood are at green, the least severe.

The state reported 224 people were in the hospital with 73 in an intensive care unit and 27 on ventilators.

As of Tuesday, the state has fully immunized 561,927 people. Gov. Jim Justice on Monday announced residents 16 to 35-years old who get vaccinated will receive a $100 savings bond as incentive to be immunized.

The number of people fully vaccinated in local counties and the percentage of the population are: Calhoun, 1,497, 21.1; Doddridge, 3,162, 37.4; Gilmer, 1,836, 23.5; Jackson, 8,316, 29.1; Pleasants, 2,186, 29.3; Ritchie, 2,575, 27; Roane, 3,647, 26.6; Tyler, 2,119, 24.7; Wetzel, 4,810, 31.9; Wirt, 1,456, 25; Wood, 22,434, 26.9.

Residents 16 and older can pre-register for vaccinations online at vaccinate.wv.gov or call 833-734-0965. Some clinics are accepting walk-ins or offering other registration methods. Residents should check with those providers for additional information.

Vaccination clinics scheduled this week in the region are:

Today

∫ Gilmer County, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., Gilmer County Health Department, 809 Medical Drive, Suite 3, Glenville.

∫ Roane County, 9-4 p.m., City of Spencer Armory, 207 E. Main St., Spencer.

∫ Wood County, 9-2 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg.

Thursday

∫ Gilmer County, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., Gilmer County Health Department, Glenville.

∫ Jackson County, 9-5 p.m., Jackson County Armory, Millwood.

∫ Pleasants County, 9-noon, Pleasants County Library, St. Marys.

∫ Wetzel and Tyler counties, 9-noon, United Methodist Church, New Martinsville.

∫ Wood County, 9-5 p.m., WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg.

Friday

∫ Calhoun County, 9-noon, Calhoun Middle/High School, Front Loop, Mt. Zion.

∫ Doddridge County, 10-noon, Doddridge County High School Technical Center, West Union.

∫ Gilmer County, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m., Gilmer County Health Department, Glenville.

∫ Wood County, 10-noon, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wincore Windows, 250 Staunton Turnpike, Parkersburg.

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