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Death tally in Wood County reaches 240

Unvaccinated continue to strain hospitals

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — Another 25 people have been confirmed as COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia, including two Wood Countians, the Department of Health and Human Resources said Friday.

The department in its Friday morning update reported the deaths of 55- and 71-year-old women from Wood County and a 66-year-old man from Ritchie County.

Thirteen deaths from Wood County have been reported this week, according to the state. The death toll in Wood County since the pandemic began in March 2020 was 240 as of Friday.

The state confirmed deaths in Harrison, Braxton, Mingo, Fayette, Kanawha, Cabell, Tucker, Putnam, Wayne, Mineral, Taylor, Raleigh, Monongalia, Nicholas and Wyoming. The youngest was a 36-year-old woman from Raleigh County, and the oldest was an 88-year-old woman from Tucker County.

The state has recorded 4,263 deaths since March 2020.

“Today is another difficult day in our fight against COVID-19, and we extend our deepest sympathies to these families,” Department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “We must continue to slow the growth of this virus in West Virginia through vaccination and prevention measures.”

Active cases were 8,746 as of Friday, up from 8,634 on Thursday. The all-time pandemic peak was 29,744 on Sept. 16.

Another 1,004 new cases of the virus were reported in the 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday mornings.

“Again, we’re just teetering on the peak of this surge,” Gov. Jim Justice said during his Friday pandemic briefing.

Active cases in Wood County on Friday were 382, up from 364 on Thursday. The high in Wood County was 1,510 on Sept. 17.

Active cases in other counties in the region on Friday were (previous day): Calhoun, 47 (43); Doddridge, 30 (30); Gilmer, 28 (23); Jackson, 113 (148); Pleasants, 28 (27); Ritchie, 45 (52); Roane, 78 (75); Tyler, 26 (22); Wetzel, 85 (68); Wirt, 41 (44).

Wood and Jackson counties remain red, the highest level of infection, among local counties on the County Alert System map. Gilmer is back to green, the lowest level , while Tyler and Doddridge remain at mid-level gold.

Wetzel, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun and Roane are orange, second highest level.

Monongalia, Tucker and Pendleton counties also are green.

Fourteen counties are red, four are yellow, nine are gold and 24 are red.

The update on breakthrough deaths, those who died despite being fully vaccinated, shows of the 3,143 deaths occurring since vaccinations started in December, 92.07 percent were unvaccinated individuals.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 complications slightly decreased on Friday with 686 patients; of those, 75.8 percent are unvaccinated. The state reported 205 patients in an intensive care unit, 85.9 percent are unvaccinated, and 116 people on a ventilator, 86.2 percent are unvaccinated.

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