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West Virginia reports eight new COVID-related deaths

CHARLESTON — Eight people were confirmed as COVID-19 related deaths Thursday morning by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Deaths were reported in Morgan, Kanawha, Mingo, Logan. Nicholas, Wyoming and Boone counties. The youngest were 57-year-old men from Kanawha and Logan counties, the state said in its Thursday morning pandemic report.

The state has recorded 2,808 deaths since the pandemic began.

Four hundred new cases of the virus were received in the 24-hour period from Wednesday to Thursday morning, the state reported.

Total active cases as of Thursday were 7,324. Totals for previous days this week were 7,293 on Wednesday, 7,270 on Tuesday, 7,388 on Monday and 7,390 on Sunday.

Active case totals as of Thursday (previous day) in local counties are: Calhoun, 13 (15); Doddridge, 17 (22); Gilmer, 5 (5); Jackson, 65 (68); Pleasants, 16 (12); Ritchie, 17 (12); Roane, 26 (23); Tyler, 21 (22); Wetzel, 89 (87); Wirt, 5 (7); and Wood, 100 (102).

Hospitalizations totaled 246, with 78 in an intensive care unit and 28 on ventilators.

The state has fully vaccinated 529,085 people with 690,057 people with at least one dose. Local counties (total fully vaccinated and percentage of population): Calhoun, 1,468, 20.6; Doddridge, 3,092, 36.6; Gilmer, 1,804, 23.1; Jackson, 7,593, 26.6; Pleasants, 2,108, 28.3; Ritchie, 2,509, 26.3; Roane, 3,608, 26.4; Tyler, 2,034, 23.7; Wetzel, 4,714, 31.3; Wirt, 1,301, 22.4; Wood, 21,210, 25.4.

Residents 16 and older can pre-register for vaccinations at vaccinate.wv.gov or call 833-734-0965.

Vaccination clinics scheduled this week in the region are:

Today:

* Calhoun County, 9 a.m.-noon, Calhoun Middle/High School – Front Loop, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion.

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

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

Saturday:

* Jackson County, 9 a.m.-noon, Jackson County Armory, 8832 Pt. Pleasant Road, Millwood.

Raleigh and Berkeley counties are the only red-level counties on the County Alert System map, the severest level. Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Doddridge, Ritchie, Roane, Calhoun and Gilmer were green, the least severe of categories. Wetzel was orange. Wirt was yellow and Jackson was gold.

The map is based on infection rates and percent positivity and has five classifications based on severity, green, yellow, gold, orange and red, in ascending order.

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