CHARLESTON – Active cases of COVID-19 coronavirus are approaching the 1,000 mark in West Virginia, with 39 more deaths confirmed since the last report on Monday, the Department of Health and Human Resources said.
The deaths included 29 confirmations found during the National Board of Health’s data reconciliation with the death certificates. These deaths occurred in January, February and March.
Active cases of the virus were at 1,092 on Tuesday, a drop from 1,244 cases reported Monday by the department. Most cases in the most recent omicron rise were 21,717 on January 22nd.
Local county active counts from Tuesday are: Calhoun 6; Doddridge 1; Jackson 7; Pleasants 2; Ritchie 8; Roane 7; Tyler 2; Wetzel 16; Host 0; Wood 37.
The death toll since the pandemic began more than two years ago was 6,598 people in West Virginia.
Tuesday’s deaths were a 61-year-old man from Kanawha County, an 82-year-old man from Cabell County, a 91-year-old woman from Clay County, a 63-year-old man from Wyoming County, a 75-year-old woman from Kanawha County, a 75-year-old -year-old man from Berkeley County, a 68-year-old woman from Berkeley County, a 77-year-old man from Jefferson County, an 82-year-old man from Cabell County, and a 57-year-old woman from Berkeley County.
The reconciliation deaths included a 60-year-old man from Ritchie County.
Deaths were also in the counties of Marion, Lincoln, Kanawha, Cabell, Randolph, Fayette, Ohio, Wayne, Randolph, Logan, Raleigh, Mercer, Greenbrier, Upshur, Monroe, Boone, McDowell, and Berkeley. The youngest was a 43-year-old woman from Berkeley County and a 49-year-old man from Kanawha County.
“These deaths are a heartbreaking reminder of the threat this virus poses,” said Department Secretary Bill J. Crouch.
Crouch called for vaccinations and booster shots.
Ritchie County improved from yellow to green, the lowest level on the County Alert System Map based on infection rates. All counties in the region are now green.
Webster County remains at mid-level gold. Mingo County went from green to yellow, second lowest.
All other counties in the state are green.
The state reported that 262 COVID-related patients are in the hospital, 160 of whom are unvaccinated. Admissions have dropped by 10 since Monday.
72 cases are in an intensive care unit, 47 unvaccinated and 44 patients in respirator, 31 unvaccinated.
Five pediatric cases were reported.