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West Virginia sees 11 new COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — Eleven people have been confirmed as deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Deaths have been confirmed in Putnam, Raleigh, Barbour, Mineral, Lewis, Hancock, Logan and Kanawha counties, the state said in its Wednesday morning pandemic update. The youngest was a 48-year-old woman from Lewis County.

The death count since the pandemic started was at 2,673 as of Wednesday.

The state reported 453 new cases of the virus from Tuesday to Wednesday morning with 7,081 active cases, slightly higher than the 6,965 active cases on Tuesday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 15 (14); Doddridge, 16 (15); Gilmer, 9 (6); Jackson, 65 (69); Pleasants, 23 (21); Ritchie, 17 (17); Roane, 22 (23); Tyler, 19 (18); Wetzel, 114 (110); Wirt, 10 (11); Wood, 106 (101).

Wetzel and Berkeley counties as of Wednesday are the only counties in the red zone, the severest category on the state’s County Alert System based on infection rate and percent positivity.

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 are green, the least severe.

The state reported 248 people were in the hospital with 83 in an intensive care unit and 24 on ventilators.

As of Wednesday, 566,476 residents have been fully immunized with another 704,441 people getting at least one dose. The number of people fully vaccinated in local counties and the percentage of the population are: Calhoun, 1,499, 21.1; Doddridge, 3,170, 37.5; Gilmer, 1,839, 23.5; Jackson, 8,360, 29.3; Pleasants, 2,194, 29.4; Ritchie, 2,611, 27.3; Roane, 3,657, 26.7; Tyler, 2,120, 24.7; Wetzel, 4,819, 32; Wirt, 1,467, 25.2; Wood, 22,510, 27.

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, Glenville.

* Jackson County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Jackson County Armory, Millwood.

* Pleasants County, 9 a.m.-noon, Pleasants County Library, St. Marys.

* Wetzel and Tyler counties, 9 a.m.-noon, United Methodist Church, New Martinsville.

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

FRIDAY

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

* Doddridge County, 10 a.m.-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 a.m.-noon, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wincore Windows, 250 Staunton Turnpike, Parkersburg.

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