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West Virginia reports jump in active COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — COVID-19 cases slightly rose from Tuesday to Wednesday in West Virginia, the Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Wednesday.

The state reported 3,111 active cases statewide, up from 3,066 on Tuesday. The state also reported 1,074 new cases were received between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Current active cases in local counties (previous day) were: Calhoun 7 (4), Doddridge 10 (4), Gilmer 11 (11), Jackson 37 (25), Pleasants 10 (9), Ritchie 19 (20), Roane 21 (24), Tyler 15 (12), Wetzel 24 (26), Wirt 12 (9), Wood 163 (206).

Eleven counties are green, the lowest level of infection rates on the County Alert System Map. Three counties are mid-level gold and all others are yellow, second lowest.

Pleasants and Gilmer are the only green counties in the region. All others are yellow.

Nine deaths have been confirmed between Tuesday and Wednesday, raising the number of dead to 7,201 residents.

Confirmed deaths were a 71-year-old man from Barbour County, a 72-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 58-year-old man from Randolph County, an 84-year-old woman from Mason County, a 97-year-old woman from Braxton County, a 97-year-old man from Mercer County, a 66-year-old man from Monroe County, a 91-year-old woman from Lincoln County and an 80-year-old woman Ohio County.

“We extend our sympathy to all of the loved ones impacted by these deaths,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “To West Virginians not yet vaccinated, know that getting vaccinated is the key to less severe disease and reduced deaths.”

Fifty-seven staff and 75 inmates have the virus, the Division of Corrections said. Twenty-five are at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County and two are at the St. Marys Correctional Center.

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