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Jackson County resident among West Virginia’s latest COVID casualties

CHARLESTON — A Jackson County resident was a confirmed death this weekend in West Virginia from the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Sunday.

The 93-year-old Jackson County man was among the seven deaths confirmed on by the Department in the 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday morning. No deaths were reported for the period from Friday to Saturday morning.

Deaths also were confirmed in Pocahontas, Lincoln, Nicholas, Logan, Marion and Brooke counties, the youngest a 63-year-old woman from Marion County.

The count of deaths since the pandemic started a year ago is 2,686 in West Virginia.

The department reported 370 new cases of the virus from Friday to Saturday and 420 new cases from Saturday to Sunday. Active cases total 7,151, up from 7,060 on Saturday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 12 (13); Doddridge, 25 (25); Gilmer, 45 (39); Jackson, 90 (77); Pleasants, 24 (24); Ritchie, 21 (18); Roane, 23 (22); Tyler, 27 (25); Wetzel, 125 (125); Wirt, 26 (22); Wood, 107 (101).

Wetzel, Hardy and Raleigh counties remained orange, the second severest in the County Alert System based on infection rate and percent positivity. Orange is second in severity.

Wirt County is yellow, second from the least severe level of green. All other counties in the region are green.

The state reported 224 people were in the hospital with 84 in an intensive care unit and 28 on ventilators.

As of Sunday, the state has fully vaccinated 597,707 residents while 714,255 have received at least one dose.

The number of people fully vaccinated in local counties and the percentage of the population are: Calhoun, 1,562, 22; Doddridge, 3,290, 38.9; Gilmer, 1,868, 23.9; Jackson, 8,774, 30.7; Pleasants, 2,265, 30.4; Ritchie, 2,796, 29.3; Roane, 3,923, 28.7; Tyler, 2,221, 25.9; Wetzel, 5,048, 33.5; Wirt, 1,501, 25.8; Wood, 24,658, 29.5.

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.

Free testing is scheduled 7 a.m.-noon today at the Minnie Hamilton Health System Waco Center, 921 Mineral Road, Glenville.

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