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Two Mid-Ohio Valley counties still in the red as COVID-19 cases drop across West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Just two Mid-Ohio Valley counties remained red on the County Alert System map released by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Wednesday, as active COVID-19 cases around the state continued to decline.

Wood and Jackson counties were red, indicating the highest level of viral spread based on the lower metric of new cases per 100,000 people in a one- or two-week timeframe, depending on population, or percentage of positive tests.

At the next highest level, orange, were Gilmer, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel and Wirt counties. Doddridge and Roane counties were at gold, the middle of the five-color scale. Pleasants County was yellow, along with Calhoun, which until recently had been on the lowest level, green.

Active cases in local counties Wednesday (previous day) are: Calhoun, 28 (25); Doddridge, 60 (93); Gilmer, 51 (47); Jackson, 201 (203); Pleasants, 26 (25); Ritchie, 61 (73); Roane, 87 (89); Tyler, 36 (38); Wetzel, 84 (95); Wirt, 41 (38); Wood, 471 (483).

Statewide, active cases totaled 9,703, down slightly from Tuesday’s number.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center reported 68 COVID-19 patients Wednesday morning, 13 of whom were fully vaccinated. Of the 15 patients in the intensive care unit, two were fully vaccinated, as was one of the 14 patients on ventilators.

The DHHR reported three deaths attributed to the virus — a 46-year-old man, an 84-year-old woman and a 90-year-old woman, all from Preston County.

“As we extend our deepest sympathies to their loved ones, we also encourage all West Virginians to recognize the continued need to take every possible step to slow the spread of this disease,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR cabinet secretary. “If you are eligible, please schedule your COVID vaccine today.”

People can find more information about vaccines or find a vaccination site online at vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1-833-734-0965. Information on free COVID-19 testing opportunities is available at https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx.

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