State tops 1,000 active cases again
CHARLESTON — Active cases of the coronavirus are again over 1,000 in West Virginia, according to the COVID-19 update on Monday morning from the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Cases were at 1,115 Monday after falling last week to below 1,000 for the first time since July 2020. The most active cases during the pandemic was 29,257 on Jan. 10.
The department on Monday reported 244 new cases of the virus since the last update Friday morning, but no more deaths since Friday morning. The state reported 2,919 deaths since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
The pandemic isn’t over yet, according to Gov. Jim Justice, speaking during the Friday briefing with reporters. While the number of delta variant infections has not significantly risen in West Virginia, the strain, which is more severe and infectious, will become the dominant strain, he said.
“This is coming,” he said. “This is coming to West Virginia.”
Nineteen cases of the delta variant have been found in West Virginia, nearly a dozen of those in Berkeley and Monongalia counties, the state statistics said.
In Friday’s report from the department, the state confirmed the deaths of an 86-year-old woman from Barbour County and a 71-year-old man from Greenbrier County.
“As we continue the fight against this pandemic, we are saddened by the loss of more West Virginians,” DHHR Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine is the most powerful way to prevent further loss of life to this devastating disease.”
Information about vaccines is available at vaccinate.wv.gov or at 1-833-734-0965. Residents with at least one shot are eligible for the Do it for Babydog vaccine sweepstakes. To register, go to doitforbabydog.wv.gov.