CHARLESTON – As of Wednesday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 24 more deaths from the virus.
Eighteen of the 24 confirmations in Wednesday’s Update Dashboard report “Are a result of the ongoing data comparison of the Bureau for Public Health with the official death certificate” and 15 of the deaths came from April and May, the department said in a Twitter post.
Deaths from the previous months include an 89-year-old man from Wood County, the state reported.
The state said 2,846 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Deaths were also reported in Lincoln, Mineral, Ohio, Boone, Berkeley, Hampshire, Raleigh, Kanawha, Mercer, Putnam, Jefferson and Cabell counties from Tuesday through Wednesday morning. The youngest was a 41-year-old man from Lincoln County and the oldest was a 97-year-old man from Hampshire County.
The six most recent deaths have occurred in Mineral, Boone and Berkeley counties.
“As we continue to fight this pandemic, we are saddened to see the loss of more western Virgins.” said DHHR Secretary Bill J. Crouch. “Planning a COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to prevent further deaths from this devastating disease.”
Active cases in West Virginia continue to decline. There were 3,346 active cases on Wednesday morning, down from 3,431 on Tuesday and 3,525 on Monday.
Active cases have not been below 4,000 since September.
The state also reported 90 new positive cases Tuesday through Wednesday morning. Active cases in the local wards (previous day) are: Calhoun, 4 (5); Doddridge, 21 (23); Gilmer, 4 (5); Jackson, 37 (36); Pleasant, 12 (13); Ritchie, 10 (10); Roane, 7 (7); Tyler, 28 (29): Wetzel, 45 (45); Host, 6 (7); Wood, 47 (49.)
On the County Alert System map, based on infection rate and positivity, almost all local counties are green, the lowest severity based on infection and percent positivity, with the exception of Doddridge, which stayed yellow and was second. Host turned green from yellow on Wednesday
No counties in the state are red, the worst category.
The state reported that 144 people were in a hospital, 55 of them in intensive care and 20 on a ventilator. Hospital admissions are at their lowest level since March.
The state reported that 60.1 percent of residents 12 and older received at least one vaccination. Governor Jim Justice set a target of 65 percent, or around that mark, to end the mask mandate on June 20, West Virginia Day.
The vaccination information number is 1 833 734-0965 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents who have at least one shot can get through the rates. win “Do it for Babydog: Save a Life, Change a Life” Sweepstakes. Register at doitforbabydog.wv.gov.
Local vaccination clinics scheduled: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm today for Wetzel and Tyler counties, New Martinsville United Methodist Church, 10 Howard Jeffers Drive; Today 9 am-12pm, WVU-Parkersburg Early Learning Center, 300 Campus Drive.
Check with your local health authority for information on appointment requirements.