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COVID numbers increasing in W.Va.

CHARLESTON — An Upshur County woman was one of 11 deaths attributed to COVID-19 announced by the state Department of Health and Human Resources in its most recent update.

Active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia increased almost 400 from Thursday to Friday morning, the Department of Health and Human Resources reported Friday.

The department reported 3,414 active cases statewide, up from 3,036 reported on Thursday morning in the department’s daily pandemic update. The department also reported receiving 1,012 new cases in the 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday morning.

Current active cases in local counties include: Randolph County (21); Upshur County (36); Barbour County (47); Tucker County (17); and Pocahontas County (16).

Most of the active cases in West Virginia are in Kanawha County where there are 288, followed by Wood, Raleigh with 213, Berkeley with 180, Mercer with 152 and Monongalia with 134.

Hospitalizations increased by 20 between Thursday and Friday, to 361 patients, 199 unvaccinated, on Friday. Sixty-four patients are in an intensive care unit, 43 unvaccinated, and 19 on a ventilator, eight unvaccinated.

Sixteen pediatric patients with eight in an ICU were reported. Hospitalizations peaked at around 1,100 in January and February.

Eleven deaths were reported since Thursday’s update, raising the death count attributed to COVID-19 since the pandemic began to 7,184 residents.

The deaths included an 85-year-old man from Jackson County, a 90-year-old man from Putnam County, an 89-year-old man from Upshur County, a 64-year-old woman from Upshur County, an 85-year-old man from Putnam County, a 96-year-old woman from Cabell County, an 80-year-old woman from Cabell County, a 91-year-old woman from Cabell County, a 93-year-old woman from Cabell County, an 82-year-old woman from Greenbrier County and a 74-year-old woman from Mingo County.

“Summer is a time for family reunions and celebrations, and it is painful to report that many families are experiencing the deepest grief today,” Department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “I urge each West Virginian to make the choice to be up-to-date with COVID vaccines and boosters to help stop this loss of life.”

Six counties are now gold, mid-level, on the County Alert System Map: Hardy, Monroe, Raleigh, Wyoming, McDowell, Logan and Mingo.

Eight counties are green, lowest level of infection rates. Wetzel and Pleasants counties in this region are green.

All other counties in the state are yellow.

Updated on Fridays, 311 staff and 369 residents of long-term-care facilities are infected, the department said.

Fifty-four staff and 68 inmates were COVID-19 positive, the Division of Corrections said.

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