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West Virginia COVID death toll increases to 7,054

CHARLESTON — Another 36 people have been added to COVID-19 coronavirus death count, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported Thursday.

The deaths were certified by the National Center for Health Statistics where the certification couldn’t be performed from June 6 to Tuesday because of a software update, the department reported. The report reflects the outage in reporting, the department said.

Deaths were confirmed in Kanawha, Boone, Marshall, Wyoming, McDowell, Raleigh, Logan, Mason, Harrison, Clay, Jackson, Nicholas, Preston, Ohio, Wood, Morgan, Braxton, Wayne and Putnam counties in February, March, April, May and June.

The youngest were a 39-year-old woman from McDowell, a 50-year-old woman from Cabell and a 53-year-old man from Kanawha.

The death count since the pandemic started more than two years ago in West Virginia is 7,054.

“Protecting the health, safety and well-being of every West Virginian is our ultimate goal,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Please honor those who have lost loved ones by protecting yourself and others with the COVID-19 vaccine and booster.”

The state reported 1,924 active cases, up from 1,882 on Wednesday. The state received 602 new active cases since the Wednesday report.

Current active cases in local counties (previous day) were: Calhoun 14 (15), Doddridge 2 (1), Gilmer 9 (12), Jackson 21 (16), Pleasants 9 (7), Ritchie 5 (6), Roane 39 (53), Tyler 7 (5), Wetzel 23 (24), Wirt 3 (5), and Wood 79 (82).

Wood County, which was yellow on Wednesday in the County Alert System Pa, second lowest to green, was green on Thursday. Other green counties in the region on Thursday were Wetzel, Wirt, Roane, Jackson and Doddridge.

Tyler, Pleasants,Ritchie and Calhoun were yellow.

Twenty-four counties are yellow.

Statewide, hospitalizations rose by five to 192 on Thursday, 90 of those unvaccinated. Twenty-one people are in an intensive care unit, four unvaccinated, and five are on a ventilator, all unvaccinated.

One pediatric case was reported.

In the Division of Corrections, 20 staff and 77 inmates are infected, the division said. Five inmates are at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

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