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West Virginia reports two COVID-19 deaths

CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus hovered around 2,000 Wednesday while another two people have died from the virus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said.

The department reported 2,014 active cases statewide, up from 1,993 on Tuesday. Also, 667 new cases of the virus have been received in the 24-hour period between the Tuesday and Wednesday reports.

Active cases have been in the 2,000 range for several weeks. The highmark on the number of cases in the latest surge was more than 21,700 in January.

Current active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun 9 (8), Doddridge 3 (6), Gilmer 3 (5), Jackson 17 (18), Pleasants 8 (5), Ritchie 8 (8), Roane 29 (30), Tyler 6 (6), Wetzel 17 (22), Wirt 3 (3), Wood 93 (86).

Two deaths were reported Wednesday that occurred since the Tuesday report.

The department has confirmed the virus-related deaths of a 99-year-old man from Wood County and an 83-year-old woman from Nicholas County.

The death count since the pandemic started in West Virginia more than two years ago was 7,059 on Wednesday.

“As we mourn the loss of these West Virginians, we must not lose sight of our power to prevent additional deaths and severe illness through vaccination and boosters,” Bill J. Crouch, department cabinet secretary, said.

Twenty-five of the 55 counties in the state are green, the lowest infection level on the County Alert System Map. The remaining counties are yellow, second lowest.

Yellow counties in this region are Wood, Tyler, Ritchie, Roane and Calhoun. Wetzel, Doddridge, Pleasants, Wirt, Jackson and Gilmer are green.

Hospitalizations statewide were at 216 on Wednesday, 100 of those unvaccinated. Twenty-nine patients are in an intensive care unit, nine unvaccinated, and four are on a ventilator, all unvaccinated.

Three pediatric patients were reported.

Eighteen staff and 49 inmates are infected, the Division of Corrections said. Eight are at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

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