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COVID claims three more lives in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Three deaths were confirmed Thursday from the COVID-19 coronavirus in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources said.

The deaths were reported in Mingo, Lewis and Berkeley counties in the 24-hour period from Wednesday to Thursday morning, the state said. The youngest was a 53-year-old man from Mingo.

The death toll from the virus since the pandemic began a year ago was at 2,751 as of Thursday

Active cases across the state were 6,716, no change from Wednesday. The state reported 411 new cases from Wednesday to Thursday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day): Calhoun, 51 (37); Doddridge, 29 (28); Gilmer, 45 (56); Jackson, 86 (99); Pleasants, 38 (32); Ritchie, 20 (18); Roane, 28 (31); Tyler, 45 (37); Wetzel, 157 (154); Wirt, 15 (22); Wood, 108 (100).

The state reported 272 people are in a hospital for COVID-related complications with 85 in an intensive care unit and 32 on ventilators.

The state has fully vaccinated 637,445 residents with 739,496 people getting at least one shot.

Statewide, 41.3 percent of residents have at least one shot and 35.6 percent are fully vaccinated. The mask mandate will be removed June 20 in anticipation of vaccinating 65 percent of residents 12 and older with at least one dose, Gov. Jim Justice has announced.

The state has prepared for the approvals of the Pfizer vaccine for people 12-to-15 years old. Vaccinations of the age group were to immediately commence, the department announced on Thursday.

The total number of vaccinations and percent of population 16 and older who have been fully vaccinated per local county are: Calhoun, 1,674, 23.5; Doddridge, 3,455, 40.9; Gilmer, 1,987, 25.4; Jackson, 9,294, 32.5; Pleasants, 2,364, 31.7; Ritchie, 2,933, 30.7; Roane, 4,231, 30.9; Tyler, 2,340, 27.2; Wetzel, 5,325, 35.3; Wirt, 1,616, 27.8; Wood, 26,572, 31.8.

Clinics this week in the region are:

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* Calhoun County: Calhoun Community Vaccination Clinic, Grantsville, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

* Gilmer County: Gilmer County Health Department, Glenville, 9-11:30 a.m.

* Roane County: Roane General Hospital, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Spencer. By appointment only.

* Wood County: South Parkersburg Baptist Church, Parkersburg, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

In the County Alert System based on spread of the infection, Pleasants, Jackson, Calhoun and Wetzel counties are orange, second highest in severity. Tyler, Wirt and Gilmer are gold, midway on the chart.

Ritchie and Doddridge are yellow, second in least severity. Wood is green, lowest level.

Hampshire was the only red county. Red is the highest for infecton and percent positivity.

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