CHARLESTON – Active COVID-19 cases have risen three days in a row in West Virginia, according to statistics from the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The lowest this week was 308 active cases on Tuesday. Active cases on Friday were 437. The pandemic height during the delta variant was more than 21,700 at the end of January.
The state also reported that 117 new cases of the virus were received in the 24-hour period between Thursday and Friday pandemic updates.
A further three confirmed deaths from the virus were reported Friday, raising the total number of deaths to 6,794 residents of West Virginia.
The state reported the deaths of a 60-year-old man from Kanawha County, an 81-year-old man from Randolph County and and an 89-year-old man from Pocahontas County.
Active cases in local counties Friday (Thursday) were: Randolph, 7 (7); Tucker, 5 (7); Upshur, 2 (2) Barbour, 1 (0); Pocahontas, 1 (1).
Wirt County remains on gold on the County Alert System Map. Gold is the intermediate level in the system based on infection rates. All other counties are green, the lowest level.
The rating is based on the lowest infection rate and the percentage of tests that return positive. Calhoun, Gilmer and Ritchie counties are in the yellow area for infection rate but are classified as green because the percentage positive is in the green area.
A personnel case and 10 prisoner cases were reported by the Danish Prison and Probation Service. Eight inmate cases are in the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County.
88 patients with COVID-19 complications are in a hospital, of which 45 are unvaccinated.
Thirty-one patients are in an intensive care unit, 15 are unvaccinated and 11 are in ventilators, six of them unvaccinated.