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West Virginia reports seven COVID deaths over the weekend

CHARLESTON — Seven additional deaths and more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this weekend by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state on Saturday reported 453 new positive tests of the virus in the 24-hour period from Friday to Saturday morning and 350 new cases in the 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday morning, according to the weekend coronavirus updates form the department.

Active cases as of Sunday totaled 6,851 throughout the state, an increase of 97 cases since Saturday morning, according to the state statistics. Active cases had been on a downward trend until the week of March 12 and have since been going up.

In Wood County, active cases as of Sunday dropped two from Saturday, from 133 to 131. Active cases in other local counties are: Calhoun, 13 (9); Doddridge, 12 (13); Gilmer, 2 (2); Jackson, 67 (65); Pleasants, 6 (8); Ritchie, 8 (7); Roane, 28 (23); Tyler, 27 (26); Wetzel, 99 (99); Wirt, 5 (5).

The state reported 259 patients with the virus in hospitals, with 80 in an intensive care unit and 24 on ventilators. Those numbers also have been increasing since the week of March 12.

Seven people this weekend have been confirmed dead from COVID-19 complications, raising the count since the pandemic started in March 2020 to 2,695.

The state reports 353,361 people are fully vaccinated, 19.7 percent of the population.

The number of people fully vaccinated and percentage of population in local counties are: Calhoun, 1,134, 16; Doddridge, 2,353, 27.9; Gilmer, 1,400, 17.9; Jackson, 4,452, 15.6; Pleasants, 1,614, 21.6; Ritchie, 1,819, 19; Roane, 2,433, 17.8; Tyler, 1,604, 18.7; Wirt, 1,07, 18.5; Wood, 12,045, 14.4.

Doddridge and Tucker counties, 27.9 percent and 35.4 percent, respectively, have the highest percentage of residents fully vaccinated based on population. Jefferson and Morgan counties, at 10.3 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively, have the least.

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.

People can also register for clinics this week in Wirt, Pleasants and Wood counties at uwamov.com/covid. Those without internet access can schedule an appointment by calling 304-420-1449.

Vaccine supplies are limited and walk-ins are not accepted.

The clinic schedule for this week follows, although people are advised to check local news media, social media and www.vaccinate.wv.gov for any changes or delays.

WEDNESDAY

* Roane County, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., City of Spencer Armory, Spencer.

* Wirt County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Coplin Health Systems, 483 Court St., Elizabeth.

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

THURSDAY

* Jackson County, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Jackson County Armory, 8832 Point Pleasant Road, Millwood.

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

* Ritchie County, 9 a.m. to noon, Ritchie County 4-H Camp, 4-H Camp Road, Harrisville.

* Roane County, noon to 7 p.m., City of Spencer Armory, Spencer.

* Wood County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, Parkersburg.

FRIDAY

* Calhoun County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Calhoun Middle/High School – Front Loop, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion.

* Gilmer County, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Sue Morris Sports Complex, 1294 U.S. 33E, Glenville.

* Jackson County, 1 to 6 p.m., Jackson County Armory, Millwood.

* Roane County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., City of Spencer Armory, Spencer.

* Wetzel and Tyler counties, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 10 Howard Jeffers Drive, New Martinsville.

* Wood County, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

SATURDAY

* Roane County, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., City of Spencer Armory, 207 E. Main St., Spencer.

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