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West Virginia officials report seven COVID variants in Wood County

CHARLESTON — Seven cases of COVID-19 variants have been found in Wood County, according to new reporting statistics on Friday from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Four of the cases are of the California variant and three of the UK mutant strain, according to the department’s coronavirus dashboard.

One UK variant has been found in Calhoun, Doddridge, Pleasants and Wirt counties, seven UK variants and one California variant in Jackson County, two UK in Roane County and no variants in Tyler and Ritchie counties.

Monongalia County had 109 cases of the UK variant and 162 cases of the California. Berkeley County had 181 cases of the UK and 14 of the California.

The state Friday began identifying the variants on the dashboard by county, by variant and by race and gender. Of the 861 cases, 635 are UK, 221 are California, two are South Africa and three are Brazil.

“As new variants come along we will add those as well,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said during the governor’s pandemic briefing.

The department also confirmed the death of five residents aged 68 to 88 in Berkeley, Kanawha, Cabell and Ohio counties, raising the toll to 2,679 since the pandemic began in West Virginia, according to Friday morning’s pandemic update from the state.

The state reported 395 new cases of the virus in the 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday mornings with total active cases as of Friday at 7,089, down from the 7,153 on Thursday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 15 (15); Doddridge, 22 (21); Gilmer, 22 (20); Jackson, 80 (68); Pleasants, 25 (23); Ritchie, 16 (18); Roane, 22 (22); Tyler, 23 (21); Wetzel, 123 (122); Wirt, 19 (11); Wood, 94 (108).

A seven-day trend in the statistics show the most new cases of the virus, 532, was in youth aged 10-19 with 408 in the 40-49 group, 361 in the 20-29 group and 327 in the 30-39 group.

The median age of the new cases in West Virginia has dropped, Gov. Jim Justice said.

“We thought ‘uh oh, we need to get our young people vaccinated,'” Justice said.

Wetzel and Berkeley counties moved to orange from the red level, the severest in the County Alert System based on infection rate and percent positivity. Orange is second in severity.

Pleasants County turned green, the least severe, on Friday. Red is the severest level.

Wirt and Doddridge were yellow and Jackson County dropped to yellow on Friday. Gilmer remained at gold.

Wood, Tyler, Ritchie, Calhoun and Roane counties also were green.

The state reported 242 people were in the hospital with 81 in an intensive care unit and 26 on ventilators.

As of Friday, the state has fully vaccinated 587,975 people with another 711,159 receiving at least one dose.

The number of people fully vaccinated in local counties and the percentage of the population are: Calhoun, 1,559, 21.9; Doddridge, 3,218, 38.1; Gilmer, 1,860, 23.8; Jackson, 8,457, 29.6; Pleasants, 2,259, 30.3; Ritchie, 2,780, 29.1; Roane, 3,907, 28.5; Tyler, 2,175, 25.3; Wetzel, 4,933, 32.7; Wirt, 1,497, 25.7; Wood, 24,297, 29.1.

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.

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