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Wood County reports 480 active COVID-19 cases

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — Active coronavirus cases are nearing 500 in Wood County while hospitalizations statewide are at January levels, according to Tuesday’s pandemic report by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state reported 480 active cases in Wood County, up from 443 in Monday’s report, according to the latest update Tuesday morning from the state. Active cases in Wood County have risen by 467 in about five weeks, from 13 on July 17 to the 480 reported on Tuesday.

Statewide, the department reported 10,980 active cases with 785 new cases received from the last update on Monday morning.

The state reported 491 people are in a hospital with COVID-19 complications with 169 in an intensive care unit and 68 on ventilators, all higher than on Monday when there were 447 people in a hospital, 143 in intensive care and 57 on ventilators.

Tuesday’s hospital numbers are comparable to the numbers at the end of January.

State health officials said most of the hospitalizations are unvaccinated patients, although there has been a 26 percent increase in hospitalizations of vaccinated residents in the past six weeks. Gov. Jim Justice is working on getting approval to administer a booster shot before the Sept. 20 date authorized by the federal government.

Local vaccination clinics will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday at Rosemar Urgent Care, 4 Rosemar Circle; 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority; 3-6 p.m. Friday at Gabe’s at the Park Shopping Center; and 3-6 p.m. Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Glenville.

Wood, Jackson and Wetzel counties remain in the red level, the most severe, on the County Alert System map based on infection rate and percent positivity. Seventeen counties in West Virginia are red, the others being Marshall, Berkeley, Hampshire, Barbour, Randolph, Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe, Wayne, Mingo, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh and Mercer.

Twenty-three counties were red on Monday.

Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt, Ritchie and Roane counties are orange, No. 2 in severity. Doddridge, Gilmer and Calhoun are yellow, second up from the lowest level of green.

Pocahontas is the only green county on the map, an improvement from Monday when there were no green counties.

One death was confirmed on Tuesday, a 42-year-old man from Berkeley County. The death count since the pandemic began in March 2020 was 3,017 on Tuesday in West Virginia

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