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Wood County’s COVID cases drop slightly

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 virus dropped by 20 in Wood County in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday morning, according to the latest statistics from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Active cases in Wood County were at 146 as of Wednesday morning, down from 166 on Tuesday.

Active cases across the state over the 24-hour period slightly increased from 6,263 to 6,278.

Peaking the first week of January at more than 29,000 people, active cases were on a downward trend until two weeks ago when it reached a recent low 5,157. New cases of the virus increased by 416 between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day): Calhoun, 4 (6); Doddridge, 12 (27); Gilmer, 3 (5); Jackson, 54 (54); Pleasants, 5 (5); Ritchie, 9 (9); Roane, 19 (17); Tyler, 26 (27); Wirt, 4 (4); Wood, 146 (166.)

Hospitalizations, which were at their highest of more than 800 in the first week of January, were at 237 on Wednesday with 80 people in an intensive care unit and 22 on ventilators.

The state confirmed two deaths in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday in Berkeley and Putnam counties. However, the update included 34 people previously incorrectly reported to the state, raising the number of deaths since the pandemic began a year ago to 2,676 people.

The numbers may look better than in previous months, but that’s no reason to let the guard down, according to Gov. Jim Justice.

“This thing is not over. It’s just not over,” he said.

The state has fully vaccinated 313,427 residents. By local county, the number of people fully vaccinated and percentage of population: Calhoun, 971, 13.7; Doddridge, 2,042, 24.2; Gilmer, 1,329, 17; Jackson, 3,658, 12.8; Pleasants, 1,421, 19; Ritchie, 1,592, 16.7; Roane, 2,141, 15.6; Tyler, 1,492, 17.4; Wirt, 1,004, 17.2; Wood, 9,952, 11.9.

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

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COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be held in the region today and Friday, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the Joint Interagency Task Force for COVID-19 Vaccines.

The schedule is:

TODAY

* Calhoun County, 9 a.m.-noon, Calhoun Middle/High School-Front Loop, 50 Underwood Circle, Mt. Zion; 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Upper West Fork Park, Orma.

* Doddridge County, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Doddridge County High School Technical Center, 65 Doddridge County School Road, West Union.

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

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

* Ritchie County, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Ritchie County 4-H Camp, 4-H Camp Road, Harrisville.

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

* Wood County, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., WVU-Camden Clark Medical Center-MOB-B, 705 Garfield Ave., Parkersburg.

FRIDAY

* Gilmer County, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., Sue Morris Sports Complex, Glenville.

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

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