CHARLESTON – West Virginia’s County Alert System Map continues to ease, but the state reported a further 21 deaths attributed to COVID-19 Monday.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed the deaths of three Wood County women, ages 86, 69 and 56, as well as a 57-year-old man from Wetzel County. The youngest death reported was a 50-year-old man from Mingo County, while the oldest was two 90-year-olds, a woman from Kanawha County and a man from Raleigh County.
“As we share this sad news, we pause to remember every lost West Virginia ancestor,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR’s Cabinet Secretary. “Protect your loved ones by planning a COVID vaccine or booster.”
The County Alert map measures the spread of the virus at the lower of two measurements – the number of new cases over a period of one or two weeks, depending on the population or the percentage of positive tests.
As of Friday, there were no counties marked with red Monday, indicating the highest level of spread. Only two, McDowell and Webster, were orange, the second-highest category.
In the Mid-Ohio Valley, Gilmer and Jackson counties joined Calhoun, Pleasants, Tyler and Wirt are green, the lowest level. Wood and Wetzel County remained yellow, the second-lowest, while Roane moved up from yellow to gold, in the middle of the scale, along with Doddridge and Ritchie counties.
Active cases in area counties Monday (Friday) were: Calhoun, 14 (10); Doddridge, 26 (27); Gilmer, 12 (23); Jackson, 27 (38); Pleasants, 13 (15); Ritchie, 36 (28); Roane, 43 (42); Tyler, 14 (12); Wetzel, 28 (39); Wirt, 10 (9); Wood, 199 (177).
There were 645 people at West Virginia hospitals with COVID-19 on Monday, 63.3 percent of whom were unvaccinated, according to DHHR figures. COVID patients in intensive care units accounted for a total of 152, 79.6 percent unvaccinated, and there were 80 on ventilators, 88.8 percent unvaccinated. Fifteen children were admitted, four to the intensive care unit and to respirators.
West Virginians ages 5 and older are eligible for vaccinations, with booster shots available for those 12 and older. More information is available online at vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1-833-734-0965.
Information on free COVID testing can be found at https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx.