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West Virginia reports 24 more COVID-19 deaths

15 deaths were from April and May

CHARLESTON — Twenty-four more deaths were confirmed Wednesday morning from the virus by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Eighteen of the 24 confirmations in Wednesday’s update dashboard report “are a result of the Bureau for Public Health’s continuing data reconciliation with the official death certificate” and 15 of the deaths were from April and May, the department said in a Twitter post.

The deaths from the previous months include an 89-year-old man from Wood County, the state reported.

The state said 2,846 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

Deaths also were reported from Tuesday to Wednesday morning in Lincoln, Mineral, Ohio, Boone, Berkeley, Hampshire, Raleigh, Kanawha, Mercer, Putnam, Jefferson and Cabell counties. The youngest was a 41-year-old man from Lincoln County and the oldest was a 97-year-old man from Hampshire County.

The six most recent deaths were of residents in Mineral, Boone and Berkeley counties.

“As we continue the fight against this pandemic, we are saddened by the loss of more West Virginians,” said DHHR Secretary Bill J. Crouch. “Scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine is the most powerful way to prevent further loss of life to this devastating disease.”

Active cases in West Virginia continue to decline. Active cases as of Wednesday morning were 3,346, dropping from 3,431 Tuesday and 3,525 on Monday.

Active cases have not been below 4,000 since September.

The state also reported 90 new positive cases from Tuesday to Wednesday morning. Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 4 (5); Doddridge, 21 (23); Gilmer, 4 (5); Jackson, 37 (36); Pleasants, 12 (13); Ritchie, 10 (10); Roane, 7 (7); Tyler, 28 (29): Wetzel, 45 (45); Wirt, 6 (7); Wood, 47 (49.)

In the County Alert System map, based on infection rate and positivity, nearly all local counties are green, the lowest level of severity based on infection and percent positivity, except Doddridge, which remained yellow, second lowest. Wirt turned green from yellow on Wednesday

No counties in the state are red, the worst category.

The state reported 144 people were in a hospital with 55 in an intensive care unit and 20 on a ventilator. Hospitalizations are at the lowest level since March.

The state reported 60.1 percent of residents 12 and older have received at least one shot of the vaccine. Gov. Jim Justice set a goal of 65 percent or around that mark to lift the mask mandate on June 20, West Virginia Day.

The vaccination information line is 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 win prizes through the “Do it for Babydog: Save a life, Change a Life” sweepstakes. Register at doitforbabydog.wv.gov.

Local vaccination clinics are scheduled: 9 a.m.-noon, today for Wetzel and Tyler counties, New Martinsville United Methodist Church, 10 Howard Jeffers Drive; 9 a.m.-noon, today, WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive.

Check with local health authorities for information about appointment requirements.

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