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West Virginia reports 46 new COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — Forty-six more people between Thursday and Friday have died from the COVID-19 virus in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Friday.

The death toll since the pandemic began is 5,743 as of Friday.

The confirmations include an 86-year-old man from Jackson County and a 61-year-old man from Wood County, the state said. Deaths also were confirmed in Berkeley, Raleigh, Mercer, Taylor, Monongalia, Monroe, Cabell and Brooke counties.

Additional deaths were reported on Friday from the data reconciliation with death certificates by the Bureau of Public Health. Those deaths, occurring from November to January with one in August, were of residents in Jefferson, Lewis, Mercer, Berkeley, Fayette, Harrison, Barbour, Marion, Wyoming, Logan, Kanawha, Morgan, Brooke, Raleigh, Ohio, Greenbrier, Wayne, McDowell, Putnam, Marion and Logan counties.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to each of these families,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “Help prevent or severely lessen the effects of this virus by choosing to have all family members ages five and older receive the COVID vaccine.”

Active cases of the virus were 17,098 on Friday with 4,668 new cases received since the last report on Thursday, the department said. Active cases were at 17,525 on Thursday with 5,205 new cases received from Wednesday.

The active case numbers in local counties on Friday (previous day) are: Wood 700 (707); Wirt 49 (44); Wetzel 161 (154); Tyler 93 (109); Roane 126 (127); Ritchie 76 (92); Pleasants 48 (45); Jackson 136 (122); Gilmer 49 (50); Doddridge 90 (87); Calhoun 47 (70).

The County Alert System map based on infection rates had no local change from Thursday.

Wood, Wirt, Wetzel, Tyler, Ritchie, Doddridge, Calhoun and Roane counties are red, the highest level of alert. Pleasants and Gilmer counties are orange, second highest. Jackson County is gold, mid level on the chart.

Thirty-nine counties are red in West Virginia.

The state reported 1,063 people are in the hospital, down 17 from Thursday. More than 68 percent, 728, are unvaccinated.

Intensive care unit admissions were 225 on Friday, of which nearly 81 percent, or 182 patients, are unvaccinated, the state said.

The state also reported 122 patients on ventilators, 109 of whom, or 89.3 percent, are unvaccinated.

Pediatric hospitalizations were 17 on Friday with four in an ICU and six on ventilators.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark reported 70 COVID patients on Friday, 30 of whom are vaccinated. Seven patients, one vaccinated, are in ICU. Three patients are on a ventilator, none vaccinated.

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