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Mid-Ohio Valley reports four more COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Four more Mid-Ohio Valley residents were added to the COVID-19 death toll Monday.

A 75-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man from Jackson County, a 51-year-old man from Ritchie County and a 73-year-old woman from Wirt County were among 41 people whose deaths were attributed to the virus in Monday’s update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

There have been 3,976 COVID deaths statewide since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to these families,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “We are thankful for our health care professionals, support staff and all on the front line who continue to do everything in their power to treat and save West Virginians battling COVID-19.”

Deaths attributed to the virus by county since the start of the pandemic are: Wood, 224; Wirt, 12; Wetzel, 46; Tyler, 18; Roane, 16; Ritchie, 17; Pleasants, 27; Jackson, 76; Gilmer, 8; Doddridge, 9; Calhoun, 4.

Three area counties — Wood, Jackson and Wetzel — remained red on the state’s County Alert System map, measuring the rate of spread of the virus based on the lower of two metrics, infection rate per 100,000 people in a one- or two-week span and percentage of positive tests. Red indicates the highest spread of the five color categories.

Next highest is orange, with Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler and Wirt in that tier. Pleasants County is in the middle of the scale at gold, while Calhoun is the only area county at the lowest level of green and one of only three in the state.

Active cases in local counties Monday (Friday) are: Calhoun, 25 (25); Doddridge, 88 (97); Gilmer, 49 (51); Jackson, 205 (217); Pleasants, 27 (36); Ritchie, 78 (83); Roane, 95 (136); Tyler, 46 (59); Wetzel, 106 (140); Wirt, 36 (39); Wood, 530 (652).

As of Monday morning, WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center had 72 COVID patients, 12 of whom were fully vaccinated. There were 17 COVID patients in the intensive care unit, two of whom were vaccinated. Of 15 patients on ventilators, one had been fully vaccinated, according to a hospital spokesman.

Statewide, there have been 194 “breakthrough” COVID deaths among people who have been fully vaccinated, according to DHHR statistics. That accounts for 7.26 percent of the deaths since vaccinations started.

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