West Virginia nearing 4K deaths from COVID pandemic – Parkersburg News



CHARLESTON — The death count from the COVID-19 virus is nearing 4,000 in West Virginia where the Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed Friday another 70 deaths since the last pandemic update.

Friday’s count included 28 residents in a data reconciliation with the death certificate by the Bureau of Public Health. Also removed was the death of a Hancock County man who did not die from the virus, the state said.

The number of deaths in West Virginia since the pandemic started in the spring of 2020 was at 3,935 as of Friday, the state reported.

Friday’s confirmations include a 62-year-old man from Wirt County, a 66-year-old woman from Wood County, a 61-year-old woman from Jackson County, a 51-year-old man from Wood County, a 47-year-old man from Doddridge County and a 43-year-old woman from Jackson County, the youngest among those reported on Friday. Ten people from Wood County are among the dead this week.

Deaths also were reported in Harrison, Tucker, Mingo, Berkeley, Hancock, Cabell, Marion, McDowell, Webster, Raleigh, Marshall, Kanawha, Randolph, Logan, Boone, Lewis, Webster, Jefferson, Mercer, Mingo and Lincoln counties. Twenty-eight of the deaths were residents over 65.

Included in the reconciled deaths were a 72-year-old man from Pleasants County, a 77-year-old man from Pleasants County and a 73-year-old man from Pleasants County. Reconciled deaths also include residents from Mercer, Fayette, Putnam, Monongalia, Greenbrier, Marion, Raleigh, Upshur, Wyoming, Berkeley, Lincoln, Kanawha, Mingo, McDowell, Ohio, Cabell and Preston counties. The youngest was a 52-year-old man from McDowell County.

The reconciled deaths are from October 2020 to September 2021, the department said.

“We mourn with all families suffering the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “If you are eligible, I urge you to schedule your COVID vaccine today.”

Active cases on Friday were 11,926, about 300 higher than Thursday and higher than the 11,331 on Wednesday. State officials believe the state is at or near the peak of new cases in the latest virus surge that is fueled by the unvaccinated and the more-infectious delta variant.

The pandemic high of 29,744 was set on Sept. 16.

The state reported 652 active cases in Wood County as of Friday, up from 642 on Thursday.

Active cases in local counties (previous day) are: Calhoun, 25 (25); Doddridge 97 (96); Gilmer, 51 (56); Jackson, 217 (202); Pleasants, 36 (34); Ritchie, 83 (92); Roane, 136 (138); Tyler, 59 (61); Wetzel, 140 (130); Wirt, 39 (40).

The state is reporting unvaccinated residents are the majority of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and comprise most of the deaths since vaccinations began in December.

Hospitalizations in West Virginia on Friday were reported at across the state Thursday were 870 (80.9 percent unvaccinated) with 255 in an intensive care unit (84.7 percent unvaccinated) and 176 on a ventilator (88.6 percent unvaccinated.)

WVU Medicine Camden Clark reported 71 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, 12 vaccinated, with 18 patients in ICU, three vaccinated, and 15 on ventilators, two vaccinated.

Of the 184,988 infections since the start of vaccinations, 7.42 percent were fully vaccinated, called breakthrough cases. The state reported 2,823 deaths since the vaccinations started, of which 188 were breakthrough deaths, about 7.1 percent of the total deaths since the state of vaccinations.

Wood, Wetzel, Tyler and Jackson counties remain red, the highest level of spread on the County Alert System map. Doddridge, Ritchie and Jackson were upgraded to orange, second worst, while Pleasants County was downgraded from gold to orange.

Gilmer, Wirt and Roane counties remain orange, second worst level.

Calhoun is green, the lowest level, of which there are three counties in West Virginia.

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