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COVID-19 cases in West Virginia increase again

CHARLESTON — Active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia pushed 2,300 Friday, and the County Alert System map got more yellow.

According to the latest data from the state Department of Health and Human Resources, there were 710 new cases reported from Thursday to Friday morning. With cases coming off of active status, there was a net increase from 2,105 Thursday to 2,297 Friday.

Active cases in local counties Friday (Thursday) were: Calhoun, 5 (7); Doddridge, 1 (3); Gilmer, 6 (4); Jackson, 26 (22); Pleasants, 13 (13); Ritchie, 10 (9); Roane, 22 (22); Tyler, 2 (4); Wetzel, 21 (15); Wirt 3 (3); Wood, 114 (97).

Thirty-six of West Virginia’s 55 counties were yellow on the County Alert System map, which measures spread of the virus based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people or percentage of tests coming back positive over the previous seven days, whichever is lower. Yellow is the second-lowest of the five categories. The remaining 19 counties in the state were green, the lowest level.

Locally, Calhoun, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler and Wood counties were yellow, while other Mid-Ohio Valley counties were green.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update their COVID community levels each Thursday, based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the preceding seven days and the percentage of staffed hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19.

That metric rates Calhoun, Jackson, Roane and Wetzel counties as “high,” meaning masks are recommended in indoor public settings. All other Mid-Ohio Valley counties are medium, under which the CDC recommends people at increased risk for severe illness consider masking.

The four local counties received the high ranking based on the COVID case rate, not hospital bed occupancy.

Statewide, there were 225 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 117 vaccinated, 108 unvaccinated. Thirty patients were in intensive care units, 22 of them vaccinated. Five were on ventilators, all of them vaccinated.

State officials have previously said the “vaccinated” designation doesn’t take into account whether they have received booster doses.

There were two pediatric hospitalizations reported, both in ICUs.

No deaths were reported in Friday’s update.

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