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Tyler County resident among five West Virginia COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — A Tyler County resident was reported as a death Wednesday from the virus by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Five deaths were confirmed Wednesday morning in the 24-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, raising the total number of dead in West Virginia from the COVID-19 coronavirus to 2,861 since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The DHHR confirmed the death of a 77-year-old woman from Tyler County, according to the Wednesday morning pandemic update. Also reported were an 85-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 66-year-old woman from Raleigh County, an 85-year-old man from Greenbrier County and a 71-year-old man from Greenbrier County.

“We mourn the loss of these West Virginians and send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said in offering the state’s condolences. “Please honor these families by protecting yourself and others with the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Active cases reported across the state have dropped to 2,673 as of Wednesday, the state said. Ninety new cases have been received since Tuesday’s update, the department said.

The state on Monday and Tuesday reported active cases at 2,799 and 2,710, respectively. The daily positivity rate was 1.92 percent.

Hospitalizations were at 125 on Wednesday with 37 in an intensive care unit and 19 on ventilators.

Hospitalizations peaked at 216 the first week of January.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 6 (7); Doddridge, 20 (21); Gilmer, 7 (7); Jackson, 7 (7); Pleasants, 6 (6); Ritchie, 5 (5); Roane, 8 (7); Tyler, 16 (15); Wetzel, 24 (23); Wirt, 4 (4); Wood, 33 (33).

All counties are green, the lowest level of infection and positivity rates, on the County Alert System map. No counties in the state are red or orange, the highest levels on the chart.

The vaccination rate was 61.4 percent of residents 12 and older having received at least one shot of vaccine. The governor has said the mask mandate will be lifted on Sunday if the percentage is near or at 65 percent.

Information about vaccinations is available by calling 1-833-734-0965 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Residents who have at least one shot can register for the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change a Life” vaccination sweepstakes at doitforbabydog.wv.gov. Drawings will be held through Aug. 2. The deadline to register for the first drawing passed at midnight Wednesday.

The first winners will be announced on Sunday in coordination with West Virginia Day activities at the Capitol.

“If you’re just dilly dallying around and you haven’t registered, you’re blowing a chance to absolutely become a millionaire. You’re blowing a chance to win all kinds of prizes,” said Gov. Jim Justice, whose English bulldog Babydog is the face of the sweepstakes. “You have got to get registered.”

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