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West Virginia’s COVID hospitalizations increase

CHARLESTON — COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide increased by more than 50 patients from Monday to Tuesday, according to the latest statistics from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state reported 907 patients were in the hospital, an increase of 53 from Monday to Tuesday morning.

Intensive care patients with COVID complications increased by seven, from 200 on Monday to 207 on Tuesday. The state reported 124 patients on a ventilator on Tuesday, up from 116 on Monday.

Unvaccinated patients accounted for 639, or 70.5 percent, of those in the hospital. More than 83 percent of patients in an ICU are unvaccinated, while 88 percent of the patients who are on a ventilator are unvaccinated.

Fifteen of the admissions are pediatric cases, with one pediatric patient in an ICU, the department said.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark reported 60 COVID-related patients in the hospital, seven more than on Monday. Of those, 26 are vaccinated.

Two of 10 patients in Camden Clark’s ICU are vaccinated and one of the 10 patients on a ventilator are vaccinated.

Active cases statewide again fluctuated, with around 3,000 fewer in the 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday morning.

Active cases were at 17,239 on Tuesday morning. The state also reported 1,949 new cases were received from Monday to Tuesday morning.

Cases are now tabulated according to new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases are considered active for five rather than 10 days, the change made on Jan. 6.

Active cases in Mid-Ohio Valley counties on Tuesday (Monday) were: Calhoun, 49 (55); Doddridge, 40 (34); Gilmer, 54 (60); Jackson, 109 (134); Pleasants, 68 (73); Ritchie, 84 (94); Roane, 154 (180); Tyler, 83 (92); Wetzel, 141 (155); Wirt, 55 (58); Wood 862 (998)

Another 26 West Virginia residents have died from the virus, including an 83-year-old woman from Wood County, a 47-year-old woman from Roane County, an 85-year-old man from Wood County and a 75-year-old man from Wood County, the state said.

So far in Wood County, 288 residents have died from the virus since the pandemic began. Thirty people from Roane County have died.

Deaths also were reported in Clay, Jefferson, Mason, Summers, Cabell, Marshall and Harrison counties. The youngest was a 38-year-old man from Clay County, the state said.

Included in the total deaths reported on the dashboard through the Bureau for Public Health’s data reconciliation with official death certificates were residents in McDowell, Ohio, Pocahontas, Putnam, Monongalia, Cabell, Tucker, Hancock, Raleigh, Logan and Brooke counties. Those deaths occurred in November and December.

Total deaths since the pandemic started two years ago were at 5,561.

“Any death due to COVID is one too many,” DHHR Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “The best way to end continued loss of life is for all eligible West Virginians to choose to be vaccinated and boosted.”

The Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley ReStore in Vienna announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that it was temporarily closing “out of an abundance of caution and for the safety and health of all involved” after multiple staff members were confirmed to have COVID over the weekend. The store plans to return to its regular schedule Monday.

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