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29-year-old among W.Va. COVID deaths

CHARLESTON — A 29-year-old man is among the deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Friday.

The man is from Mineral County and is among the five deaths from the virus reported by the department in its Friday morning pandemic update. The death count as of Friday is 2,756 since the pandemic began about 14 months ago.

Gov. Jim Justice, who reads the deaths one-by-one in his pandemic briefings, paused upon reaching the 29-year-old.

“Boy oh boy,” Justice said. “That’s bad.”

Deaths from the virus also were confirmed in McDowell, Mason, Grant and Marion counties of residents from 68- to 93-years old.

Active cases across the state were 6,615, down from 6,716 on Thursday. The state reported 297 new cases from Thursday to Friday.

Active cases in local counties (as of the most recent announcement): Randolph County, 71; Upshur County, 18; Tucker County, three.

The state reported 255 people are in a hospital for COVID-related complications with 86 in an intensive care unit and 34 on ventilators.

The state has fully vaccinated 641,046 residents. Another 742,412 people have gotten at least one shot.

Statewide, 41.4 percent of residents have at least one shot and 35.8 percent are fully vaccinated. The mask mandate will be removed June 20 in anticipation of vaccinating 65 percent of residents 12 and older with at least one dose, Gov. Jim Justice has announced.

The state has begun vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine of residents 12-to-15 years old.

Residents 12 and older are eligible for the vaccines. Vaccines are available in all counties through community vaccination clinics, community health centers, pharmacies, schools, workplaces, and/or other locations.

Free pop-up COVID-19 testing is available today in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Lincoln, Jefferson, Mineral, Monongalia, Morgan, Pocahontas and Wayne counties.

Barbour County:

9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Barbour County Health Department, 109 Wabash Avenue, Philippi.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Junior Volunteer Fire Department, 331 Row Avenue, Junior.

Pocahontas County:

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Parking Lot, 301 8th Street, Marlinton.

More information is available at coronavirus.wv.gov. The hotline is 833-734-0965.

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