West Virginia reports 29 new COVID-19 deaths, including two from Wood County

CHARLESTON — Since Friday’s update, 29 more West Virginians lost their lives to the coronavirus, including two from Wood County.

In Monday’s report, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said a 68-year-old female and a 75-year old male from Wood County died from the virus along with a 92-year-old male from Ritchie County and a 60-year-old female from Roane County.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, 242 Wood County residents have died from the virus, as of Monday morning.

To date, the DHHR reports 4,292 statewide COVID deaths and 7,867 active cases.

“We extend our sympathy to all of the families affected by these deaths,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said.

The DHHR reported the following numbers of active cases in the region as of Monday: Calhoun, 39; Doddridge, 24; Jackson, 106; Pleasants, 18; Roane, 68; Tyler, 20; Wirt, 29 and Wood, 342.

Crouch encouraged everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to protect against the virus.

“To West Virginians who are eligible, but not yet vaccinated, know that getting vaccinated is the key to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center officials reported 51 COVID hospitalizations as of Monday afternoon with 11 of those patients vaccinated. One out of the 11 patients in the intensive care unit are vaccinated and one out of the nine patient on ventilators have been vaccinated.

Since the vaccines became available in December 2020, 0.026 percent (236 people) who were fully vaccinated have died from the virus and 2,937 people who were not vaccinated succumbed to the virus, according to the DHHR site.

Wood and Jackson Counties were in the red on the county alert system map with Ritchie, Roane and Wirt Counties gold, Tyler, Pleasants and Doddridge Counties yellow and Calhoun was orange.

Free COVID testing is available at Fruth Pharmacy in Mineral Wells, Walgreens on Dudley Avenue and Vienna during pharmacy hours and at Vienna Baptist church from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today through Friday.


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