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Wood County man succumbs to COVID-19

PARKERSBURG — A Wood County man was among five West Virginians whose deaths were attributed to COVID-19 over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Roane was the only Mid-Ohio Valley county still on the lowest level of alert for coronavirus transmission as of Sunday’s update from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The 81-year-old Wood County man’s death was reported Sunday, along with a 73-year old man from Barbour County, a 65-year-old man from Cabell County and a 59-year-old Marion County woman. A 78-year-old Mineral County woman’s death was announced Saturday.

“As we remember with sadness the lives lost, we must rededicate ourselves to efforts which will defeat this virus,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said in Sunday’s update. “The best option, the COVID-19 vaccine, is now widely available for all West Virginians ages 12 years and older.”

Roane County remained green on the five-tiered, color-coded state map that measures rate of infection and percentage of positive tests.

Wood County moved to the second-lowest level, yellow, after its percent positivity eclipsed 3 percent. Also yellow as of Sunday were Gilmer and Ritchie counties.

Doddridge, Tyler and Wirt counties were gold, the middle of the scale, while Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants and Wetzel counties were orange, the second-highest level.

Hampshire County is the only one in the state categorized as red, the highest level.

Active cases in local counties Sunday (previous day) were: Calhoun, 49 (50); Doddridge, 27 (29); Gilmer, 35 (32); Jackson, 81 (79); Pleasants, 41 (35); Ritchie, 22 (21); Roane, 25 (24); Tyler, 46 (47); Wetzel, 158 (161); Wirt, 18 (18); Wood, 106 (102).

DHHR reports 691,758 West Virginians (38.6 percent) are fully vaccinated and 828,482 (46.2 percent) have received at least one dose.

West Virginians age 12 and older are eligible for vaccines through community vaccination clinics, community health centers, pharmacies, schools, workplaces, and/or other locations.

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

People should check to see if individual events require appointments or if walk-ins are accepted.

Upcoming vaccination clinics include:

MONDAY

* Gilmer County, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., Gilmer County Health Department, 809 Medical Drive, Suite 3, Glenville.

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.

THURSDAY

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

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

FRIDAY

* Wood County, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg.

* 10 a.m. to noon, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wincore Windows, 238 Old Turnpike Road, Parkersburg.

SATURDAY

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

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