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COVID claims four more Mid-Ohio Valley residents

CHARLESTON — Another four people from the region have died from COVID-19 complications, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported Wednesday.

The state also reported active cases are again over 6,000, 6,267 as of Wednesday morning.

Twenty-seven residents across the state have died from the virus in the 24-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings’ pandemic update, according to the state.

The deaths include a 92-year-old woman from Pleasants County, an 83-year-old woman from Tyler County, a 56-year-old woman from Calhoun County and a 69-year-old man from Jackson County.

Other deaths were reported in Braxton, Hardy, Marion, Mercer, Lincoln, Preston, Clay, Putnam, Nicholas, Mineral, Grant, Kanawha, Webster, Mingo, County, Ohio, Greenbrier and Berkeley counties.

The youngest were a 27-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man, both from Putnam County. The death toll as of Wednesday in West Virginia was 4,895.

“It is with sadness that we report another day of significant loss in our state,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Please help stop by the spread of COVID-19 by receiving your vaccine or booster shot.”

Of the 3,786 deaths that occurred since vaccinations began in December 2020, only 10.64 percent were breakthrough cases, people who have been vaccinated. The other roughly 90 percent of deaths were unvaccinated.

The number of active cases on Wednesday was 276 higher than Tuesday’s 5,991.

Other than the 4,501 active cases reported on Thanksgiving, which may have been skewed because of the holiday, the last time active cases were below 6,000 was 5,937 on Nov. 8. Active cases totaled 1,187 on July 20.

Active cases in local counties: Calhoun 34 (34); Doddridge 31 (28); Gilmer 11 (12); Jackson 66 (66); Pleasants 19 (18); Ritchie 21 (18); Roane 46 (37); Tyler 24 (34); Wetzel 66 (57); Wirt 26 (26); Wood 301 (258).

The state also reported 1,155 new cases of the virus were received between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hospitalizations as of Wednesday were 569 across the state, 449 unvaccinated. Of the 190 patients in an intensive care unit, 157 were unvaccinated, and of the 94 people on ventilators, 79 were unvaccinated.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark also updated its COVID census on Wednesday. Six of 28 COVID patients were vaccinated, two of five patients in ICU were vaccinated and one of four on a ventilator was vaccinated.

Wood County again was the only local county in classified red, the highest level, on the County Alert System map based on infection rate and percent of positive cases. Eighteen counties were red as of Wednesday across the state.

Wetzel, Doddridge, Jackson, Wirt and Roane were orange, second highest. Tyler, Gilmer and Pleasants are yellow, second lowest. Ritchie and Calhoun are gold, mid level.

Information about the coronavirus, testing and vaccinations is available at coronavirus.wv.gov.

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