CHARLESTON – Active cases of the COVID-19 virus fell over 130 between Monday and Tuesday, according to Tuesday’s pandemic update from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
The agency reported 1,830 active cases nationwide on Tuesday, down from the 1,964 listed in Monday’s report. Cases have not been in the 2,000 range since March 1st.
A drop of nearly a quarter was also reported Tuesday in Wood County, where 22 cases were listed, down from 30 on Monday, the department said.
Current active cases in local counties from Tuesday (previous day) were: Calhoun 2 (3), Doddridge 3 (7), Gilmer 2 (2), Jackson 8 (12), Pleasants 1 (2), Ritchie 15 (12), Roane 7 (9), Tyler 5 (11), Wetzel 4 (5) and Wirt 2 (3).
Eight more deaths were reported Tuesday, raising the number since the pandemic began more than two years ago to 6,903. Four deaths were from the Bureau of Public Health’s data reconciliation with death certificates.
The department on Tuesday confirmed the deaths of a 64-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 58-year-old woman from Lincoln County, a 94-year-old woman from Marion County and a 91-year-old woman from Cabell County.
Reconciliation deaths were a 69-year-old man from Marion County, a 75-year-old woman from Mineral County, a 63-year-old man from Ohio County and a 78-year-old woman from Logan County. The deaths occurred in March and April.
“When we express our sympathy for these families, we must do everything we can to stop the pandemic,” said Department Secretary Bill J. Crouch. “Please help limit the spread by getting vaccinated or boosted.”
Nationwide hospitalizations were at 133, 65 unvaccinated, Tuesday. Twenty-one patients were in an intensive care unit, seven unvaccinated, and nine were on a respirator, six unvaccinated.
One pediatric hospitalization was reported.
Twenty-two counties including Ritchie and Tyler counties are yellow on the County Alert System Map, the second lowest level based on infection rates. Twenty-six counties were yellow Monday.
All other counties are green, lowest level.
Fourteen employees and 18 inmates were reported as active cases, the Department of Corrections said. Three inmates are in North Central Regional Prison.