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More than 5,500 West Virginians have now died from COVID-19, state announces Thursday amid record number of new cases

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Thursday that 14,817 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in the Mountain State. That’s an increase of 1,210 since the last report. In total, 5,457 new cases were reported Thursday, a record increase.

Locally, COVID-19 cases are active in Upshur (142), Barbour (87), Lewis (73), Randolph (200) and Webster (36) counties. In Upshur County, that’s an increase of 17 active cases in the last 24 hours.

Twenty-two additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 85-year old female from Raleigh County, a 30-year old male from Harrison County, a 74-year old male from Lewis County, a 58-year old male from Marshall County, a 48-year old female from Marion County, a 66-year old female from Fayette County, a 58-year old male from Randolph County, a 67-year old male from Monongalia County, a 74-year old female from Tyler County, a 62-year old female from Harrison County, a 74-year old male from Jackson County, an 86-year old female from Wyoming County, a 70-year old male from Monongalia County, a 62-year old male from Wood County, a 78-year old male from Harrison County, a 58-year old female from Ohio County, an 84-year old male from Wetzel County, a 69-year old female from Raleigh County, a 79-year old male from Clay County, an 83-year old male from Kanawha County, a 73-year old female from Gilmer County, and a 69-year old male from Mercer County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 13, 2022, there are currently 14,817 COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 22 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,503 deaths attributed to COVID-19,” according to a press release.

About 843 residents are hospitalized with the virus (73% unvaccinated, 27% vaccinated), with 216 currently in intensive care (87% unvaccinated, 13% vaccinated) and 138 on a ventilator (92% unvaccinated, 8% vaccinated). The daily percent positive was 19.51%.

A total of 941,631 people have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in West Virginia, the DHHR said.  That’s about 53% of the state. Of those, 359,969 have received their booster dose.

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (87), Berkeley (1,453), Boone (175), Braxton (87), Brooke (148), Cabell (914), Calhoun (45), Clay (64), Doddridge (22), Fayette (379), Gilmer (27), Grant (70), Greenbrier (294), Hampshire (148), Hancock (210), Hardy (119), Harrison (481), Jackson (96), Jefferson (742), Kanawha (1,547), Lewis (73), Lincoln (155), Logan (234), Marion (435), Marshall (274), Mason (119), McDowell (92), Mercer (432), Mineral (223), Mingo (160), Monongalia (960), Monroe (102), Morgan (127), Nicholas (93), Ohio (361), Pendleton (41), Pleasants (46), Pocahontas (28), Preston (189), Putnam (597), Raleigh (991), Randolph (200), Ritchie (34), Roane (96), Summers (83), Taylor (105), Tucker (22), Tyler (54), Upshur (142), Wayne (265), Webster (36), Wetzel (125), Wirt (32), Wood (641), Wyoming (142).

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