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West Virginia continuing to see drop in COVID cases

Mostly unvaccinated in hospitals, ICUs and on ventilators

CHARLESTON — Active COVID-19 cases continued to drop in West Virginia while six confirmed deaths on Wednesday were residents from the region, according to the latest pandemic update from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state reported 15,280 active cases, a drop of 2,155 cases from 17,435 on Tuesday. Wednesday’s count of active cases was a decline of 14,464 from Friday’s 29,257, the highest number of active cases since the pandemic started in March 2020. Friday’s count broke the previous high of 29,257 set in January.

The daily positivity rate is 11.45 percent and the cumulative is 5.73 percent, up both from Tuesday’s 10.99 percent daily and 5.7 percent cumulative.

Unvaccinated residents make up the vast majority of cases and hospitalizations, according to state officials who believe West Virginia may be at the peak in the latest virus surge. The state reported 1,734 new cases were received between Tuesday and Wednesday.

The department Wednesday reported 1,000 people are in hospitals with COVID-related complications, up from 954 on Tuesday, with 278 of those in an intensive care unit, up from 280, and 168 on ventilators, up from 160. Of the hospitalized, 812 people are unvaccinated while the unvaccinated account for 243 in ICUs and 144 on ventilators.

Camden Clark Medical Center on Tuesday reported 68 of the 83 people in the hospital with COVID complications were unvaccinated. Fifteen of the 17 patients in the ICU are unvaccinated while 10 of the 12 on ventilators are unvaccinated.

Similar numbers were reported Wednesday by Memorial Health System in Marietta where 67 of the 79 COVID-related patients are unvaccinated, 14 of the 16 in ICU are unvaccinated and 14 of the 13 on ventilators are unvaccinated.

Active cases in Wood County again declined on Wednesday to 734 from 817 on Tuesday, another decline from the high of 1,510 on Friday. Active cases in other local counties on Wednesday were (previous report): Calhoun, 70 (76); Doddridge, 55 (70); Gilmer, 40 (41); Jackson, 229 (259); Pleasants, 78 (90); Ritchie, 132 (152): Roane 101 (107); Tyler, 105 (111); Wetzel, 161 (193); Wirt, 50 (62).

Twenty-six more deaths were confirmed in Wednesday’s report, including a 73-year-old man from Wood County, a 43-year-old man from Roane County, a 66-year-old man from Wirt County, an 82-year-old man from Pleasants County, a 59-year-old man from Wood County and a 57-year-old woman from Wirt County.

Of the 2,357 deaths occurring since vaccinations started, about 95 percent have been people who are unvaccinated.

More counties improved Wednesday on the County Alert System map based on rate of infection and percent positivity. One county, Pocahontas, is green, the lowest level while 36 counties are red, 12 are orange and five are gold.

Wood , Ritchie, Jackson and Tyler counties remain red, the highest level of spread on the map. Wetzel and Wirt were upgraded from red to orange, second highest, and join Pleasants and Doddridge. Calhoun and Gilmer remain at mid-level gold.

Wood County Schools reported 105 active confirmed COVID cases on Wednesday, the most at Parkersburg South with 16, Parkersburg High with 12 and Jefferson Elementary with 10.

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