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Active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia top 9,000 for first time in nearly two months

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday that 9,037 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in the Mountain State. That’s an increase of 180 since the last report.

Locally, COVID-19 cases are active in Upshur (81), Barbour (61), Lewis (159), Randolph (81) and Webster (53) counties. In Upshur County, that’s a decrease of two active cases in the last 24 hours.

Thirty additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR, including a 61-year old male from Nicholas County, a 70-year old female from Preston County, a 75-year old male from Berkeley County, an 82-year old female from Ohio County, a 71-year old female from Jackson County, a 94-year old female from Ohio County, a 72-year old male from Mason County, a 78-year old male from Marion County, a 73-year old male from Raleigh County, a 64-year old female from Preston County, a 67-year old female from Hampshire County, a 72-year old female from Fayette County, and an 80-year old male from Ohio County.

Other new deaths reported Friday a result of the Bureau for Public Health’s continuing data reconciliation with the official death certificate include a 48-year old male from McDowell County, a 37-year old male from McDowell County, a 70-year old male from Kanawha County, a 62-year old male from Mineral County, an 89-year old female from Summers County, a 91-year old female from Brooke County, a 69-year old male from Morgan County, an 82-year old male from Kanawha County, a 72-year old female from Kanawha County, a 66-year old male from Wyoming County, an 83-year old male from Wyoming County, a 72-year old male from Monongalia County, a 53-year old male from Ritchie County, a 65-year old male from Putnam County, a 69-year old male from Mercer County, a 37-year old male from Randolph County, and a 63-year old male from Wyoming County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of December 10, 2021, there are currently 9,037 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 30 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,085 deaths attributed to COVID-19,” according to a press release.

About 603 residents are hospitalized with the virus (80% unvaccinated, 20% vaccinated), with 211 currently in intensive care (85% unvaccinated, 15% vaccinated) and 119 on a ventilator (85% unvaccinated, 15% vaccinated). The daily percent positive was 11.33%.

A total of 904,547 people have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in West Virginia, the DHHR said.  That’s about 51% of the state.

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (61), Berkeley (941), Boone (94), Braxton (58), Brooke (122), Cabell (409), Calhoun (42), Clay (41), Doddridge (17), Fayette (252), Gilmer (20), Grant (109), Greenbrier (134), Hampshire (102), Hancock (131), Hardy (77), Harrison (343), Jackson (69), Jefferson (434), Kanawha (636), Lewis (159), Lincoln (85), Logan (132), Marion (286), Marshall (128), Mason (100), McDowell (132), Mercer (486), Mineral (146), Mingo (166), Monongalia (270), Monroe (58), Morgan (103), Nicholas (215), Ohio (269), Pendleton (36), Pleasants (45), Pocahontas (12), Preston (129), Putnam (275), Raleigh (408), Randolph (81), Ritchie (44), Roane (76), Summers (47), Taylor (120), Tucker (8), Tyler (27), Upshur (81), Wayne (156), Webster (53), Wetzel (94), Wirt (35), Wood (381), Wyoming (102).