More than 1K active COVID cases in West Virginia

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the coronavirus are again over 1,000 in West Virginia, according to the COVID-19 update on Friday morning from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Cases were at 1,026 after falling for about the past week to below 1,000 for the first time since July 2020. The most active cases during the pandemic was 29,257 on Jan. 10.

The department on Friday reported 90 new cases of the virus since the last update Thursday morning and two more deaths in the 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday morning. The state reported 2,919 deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.

The pandemic isn’t over yet, according to Gov. Jim Justice, speaking during the Friday briefing with reporters. While the number of delta variant infections has not significantly risen in West Virginia, the strain, which is more severe and infectious, will become the dominant strain, he said.

“This is coming,” he said. “This is coming to West Virginia.”

Nineteen cases of the delta variant have been found in West Virginia, nearly a dozen of those in Berkeley and Monongalia counties, the state statistics said.

Also in Friday’s report from the department, the state confirmed the deaths of an 86-year-old woman from Barbour County and a 71-year-old man from Greenbrier County.

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

Active cases in local counties as of Thursday (previous day): Calhoun, 4 (4); Doddridge 5 (5); Gilmer, 2 (3); Jackson, 6 (6); Pleasants, 0 (0); Ritchie, 5 (5); Roane, 5 (7); Tyler, 8 (8); Wetzel 16 (16); Wirt, 4 (5); Wood, 13 (15).

Webster County, gold on Thursday, moved to orange Friday, second from the highest in terms of infection and spread on the County Alert System map. Red is the worst.

Cabell and Putnam counties are yellow, second-lowest in terms of infection rates. All other counties are green, the lowest level.

Eighty people are in a hospital, 32 are in an intensive care unit and 10 are on ventilators, the state said.

Vaccinations will be administered through the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22 and 29 at the City Park Pavilion in Parkersburg; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at Spencer Park in Vienna; and noon to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority on Juliana Street in Parkersburg.

A clinic also will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday during the 5K Color Run at City Park.

The single-dose Johnson & Johnson and the two-dose Pfizer vaccines for those ages 12 to 18 will be administered.

Information about vaccines is available at vaccinate.wv.gov or at 1-833-734-0965. Residents with at least one shot are eligible for the Do it for Babydog vaccine sweepstakes. To register, go to doitforbabydog.wv.gov.


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