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West Virginia reports 89 new cases of COVID-19

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the virus in West Virginia climbed 89 between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, according to the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state reported 1,187 active cases as of Wednesday morning, up from 1,098 in Tuesday morning’s pandemic update. Active cases, just recently below a thousand for the first time since July 2020, peaked Jan. 10 at 29,257.

Also, the state reported 139 new cases of the virus in the 24-hour period from Tuesday to Wednesday morning. The daily positivity rate was 3.26 percent.

One death was reported on Wednesday, the first reported deaths from the virus since Friday. The state confirmed the death of a 64-year-old man from Marion County.

“We mourn the loss of this West Virginian and send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Vaccines are safe and effective, and if you are eligible, please do your part to end the pandemic by scheduling a COVID vaccine.”

Deaths in West Virginia since the pandemic began was at 2,920 as of Wednesday morning.

Eighty-eight people are in a hospital with virus complications, the state said. Of those, 38 are in an intensive care unit and 15 are on a ventilator.

Webster County has been downgraded to orange, second worst in severity of infection on the County Alert System map. Webster previously was gold, midway on the map. Nicholas County was downgraded from yellow to gold.

Three more counties have been classified yellow for a total of nine. Berkeley, Wyoming and McDowell join Hancock, Taylor, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne and Mingo as yellow.

All other counties are green, the lowest level.

State health officials have encouraged residents who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated to protect themselves from infection, particularly the more severe Delta variant of the virus, which is becoming the predominant mutant strain in America. Twenty-two cases of the Delta strain have been detected in West Virginia.

Information about vaccines and vaccinations is available at vaccinate.wv.gov or 1-833-734-0965.

Residents 12 and older are eligible for a vaccination. Vaccinations will be given without an appointment 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and July 29 at the Pavilion in City Park and noon to 4 p.m. Friday and July 30 at the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority on Juliana Street in Parkersburg. The two-shot Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up and the one-dose Johnson & Johnson for ages 18 and up will be available.

Residents with at least one shot can register for prizes in the “Do It for Babydog: Save a life, change your life” sweepstakes at doitforbabydog.wv.gov.

Local people win in the Babydog sweepstakes.

William Haynes, of Vienna, and Misty Lipscomb-Poole, of Parkersburg, are among the winners of a lifetime hunting license. Randi Ward, of Vienna, and Ruby Anderson, of Gandeeville in Roane County, won custom hunting shotguns. Winning a state park weekend getaway were Casey Davis, of Williamstown, and Melisa Williamson, of Vienna.

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