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Wood, local counties rise in COVID alert map

CHARLESTON — Wood, Pleasants and Roane counties have been elevated to higher levels on the County Alert System Map, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported in its Tuesday morning update.

Wood and Pleasants raised from green, the lowest level, to yellow, next highest, while Roane County went to gold on the alert map, mid-level in severity based on infection rates.

Roane County also was green, the lowest level on the map, in the last updated reported by the department on Thursday. The state returned from a four-day holiday break on Tuesday that included West Virginia Day on Monday and Juneteenth, the day of emancipation of the slaves after the Civil War.

Twenty-five counties in West Virginia are yellow and Roane is the only gold county. All other counties are green.

Yellow counties in this region are Wood, Pleasants, Tyler and Ritchie.

The state reported Tuesday 1,905 active cases statewide, about 100 less than what was reported on Thursday. However, there were 2,351 new cases received in the five days since the last report, according to the department’s Tuesday morning pandemic update.

Current active in local counties are (previous report): Calhoun 9 (7), Doddridge 2 (5), Gilmer 11 (12), Jackson 20 (16), Pleasants 9 (6), Ritchie 7 (9), Roane 39 (22), Tyler 6 (12), Wetzel 24 (23), Wirt 5 (3) and Wood 82 (64).

One death has been confirmed since the last report on Thursday, a 79-year-old woman from Berkeley County. The death count was at 7,018 residents since the pandemic started.

“As we continue the fight against this pandemic, we are saddened by the loss of another West Virginian,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “West Virginians believe in taking care of each other, and we must continue keeping the health of our neighbors and friends in mind through prevention including vaccination and booster shots.”

The COVID-19 patient census in state hospitals also declined by seven since the Thursday report. The state reported 184 people in the hospital, 86 unvaccinated, with 26 in an intensive care unit, eight unvaccinated, and four on ventilators, all vaccinated. Four pediatric cases were reported.

Thirty-six staff and 157 inmates are infected, the Division of Corrections said. Forty are in the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.

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