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Gilmer, Ritchie counties turn green on COVID-19 map

CHARLESTON — Two more Mid-Ohio Valley counties moved to green Monday, the lowest level on West Virginia’s COVID-19 alert map.

Gilmer and Ritchie counties joined Roane on green, indicating the lowest level of COVID-19 spread based on rate of infection and percentage of positive tests. Both counties were yellow, the second-lowest level, on Sunday.

Wood County remained at yellow, joined by Doddridge County dropping from the middle category of gold and Jackson County, which had been at the second-highest level, orange, on Sunday. Calhoun County moved from orange to gold, while Wirt County remained gold.

Pleasants and Wetzel counties stayed orange, while Tyler was the only area county to move up on the chart, going from gold to orange.

One additional COVID-19 death was reported in Monday’s West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources update, a 64-year-old man from Putnam County. That brings the number of fatalities in the state attributed to the virus to 2,762 since the start of the pandemic.

The state had 6,296 active cases of the virus as of Monday morning, with 175 new cases reported in the previous 24 hours.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) were: Calhoun, 48 (49); Doddridge, 25 (27); Gilmer, 29 (35); Jackson, 81 (81); Pleasants, 38 (41); Ritchie, 22 (22); Roane, 23 (25); Tyler, 50 (46); Wetzel, 152 (158); Wirt, 17 (18); Wood, 105 (106).

Across the state, 843,598 people, or 47.1 percent of the state’s population, have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose and 702,043 (39.2 percent) are considered fully vaccinated.

In local counties, the number of residents fully vaccinated and percent of the population are: Calhoun, 1,701. 23.9; Doddridge, 3,435, 40.7; Gilmer, 2,020, 24.8; Jackson, 9,454, 33.1; Pleasants, 2,390, 32; Ritchie, 2,950, 30.9; Roane, 4,297, 31.4; Tyler, 2,354, 27.4; Wetzel, 5,388, 35.8; Wirt, 1,635. 28.1; Wood, 27,655, 33.1.

Over the weekend and earlier Monday, the vaccination statistics on the state’s online coronavirus dashboard showed different numbers, some significantly lower than they’d been Friday.

A DHHR spokeswoman said an update to the Geographic Information System for mapping had some counties incorrectly coded. The issue was fixed and the numbers corrected Monday afternoon.

West Virginians age 12 and older are eligible for vaccines through a variety of locations. People should check to see if individual events require appointments or if walk-ins are accepted.

More information is available at coronavirus.wv.gov. The hotline is 833-734-0965.

Upcoming free vaccination clinics include:

WEDNESDAY

* Roane County, 1-3 p.m., Roane General Hospital. 200 Hospital Drive, Spencer.

* Wood County, 3-7 p.m., WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center, Medical Office Building B, 705 Garfield Ave., Parkersburg; ages 12-17 only.

THURSDAY

* Wetzel and Tyler counties, 9 a.m.-noon, United Methodist Church, 10 Howard Jeffers Drive, New Martinsville.

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

FRIDAY

* Wood County, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg; 10 a.m.-noon, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Wincore Windows, 238 Old Turnpike Road, Parkersburg.

SATURDAY

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

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