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Five more deaths from COVID-19 in W.Va.

Staff Report

CHARLESTON — Another five people have died from the COVID-19 coronavirus since the last report from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Friday.

The department Monday confirmed the deaths of a 92-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 55-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 73-year old female from Randolph County, an 86-year-old woman from Clay County and a 95-year-old woman from Jackson County.

The death count in West Virginia since the pandemic started more than two years ago was at 7,069 on Monday, the department said.

“As we solemnly observe this loss of life, we must continue to fight this virus through vaccination and booster shots,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “It is our duty to protect our fellow West Virginians.”

The latest variant of the omicron mutation appears to be resistant to immunities from pevious infections of the virus, according to Dr. Clay Marsh, coronavirus adviser to the state. The BA5 strain of omicron has become the predominant mutation around the world and in the United States, although West Virginia generally is several weeks behind the rest of the country, Marsh said during the governor’s Tuesday morning pandemic briefing.

“We’re starting to see hospital numbers go up around the country, particularly where the BA variant has set up shop,” Marsh said.

Active cases of the virus on Monday were at 2,150 statewide, 147 fewer than from Friday’s pandemic report. The state also reported 1,995 new cases received since the last report.

Current active cases in local counties on Tuesday (previous report) were: Calhoun 2 (5), Doddridge 3 (1), Gilmer 9 (6), Jackson 20 (26), Pleasants 11 (13), Ritchie 3 (10), Roane 15 (22), Tyler 4 (2), Wetzel 25 (21), Wirt 6 (3), Wood 99 (114).

Twenty-six counties are at yellow, second lowest level, on the County Alert System Map. All other counties are green, the lowest level based on infection rates.

Yellow counties in the region are Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Wetzel and Roane.

Statewide, 220 people are in a hospital with COVID-19 complications, 112 of those unvaccinated. Twenty-nine people are in an intensive care unit, 17 unvaccinated, and seven are on ventilators, six unvaccinated.

Six pediatric patients were reported.

The state reported 256 staff and 303 residents of long-term care facilities. Long-term facilities are updated on Fridays. Two were reported at the Mountain View Care Center in Jackson County, 14 at the Miletree Center in Roane County, one at Stonerise Eagle Point in Wood County and eight at the Willows Center in Wood County.

Twenty-nine staff and 54 inmates were reported by the Division of Corrections. Thirteen were reported at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge and one at the Parkersburg Community Corrections.

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