The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday that 9,092 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in the Mountain State. That’s an increase of 355 since the last report and comes as state health officials say the first case of the Omicron variant has been identified in the state.
Locally, COVID-19 cases are active in Upshur (86), Barbour (73), Lewis (87), Randolph (88) and Webster (48) counties. In Upshur County, that’s an increase of five active cases in the last 24 hours.
Twenty-two additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – of an 89-year old female from Berkeley County, a 70-year old female from Raleigh County, a 47-year old male from Hardy County, an 83-year old female from Monroe County, a 59-year old male from Putnam County, a 72-year old female from Brooke County, a 52-year old male from Berkeley County, a 66-year old male from Hampshire County, a 58-year old male from Harrison County, an 89-year old male from Berkeley County, an 87-year old male from Brooke County, a 61-year old female from Cabell County, a 62-year old male from Brooke County, an 82-year old female from Jackson County, a 60-year old male from Ohio County, a 56-year old female from Jackson County, an 83-year old female from Raleigh County, a 68-year old male from Hancock County, an 89-year old male from Randolph County, a 54-year old male from Monongalia County, a 53-year old male from Lewis County, and a 58-year old male from Lewis County.
“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of December 17, 2021, there are currently 9,092 active COVID-19 cases statewide. There have been 22 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,164 deaths attributed to COVID-19,” according to a press release.
About 623 residents are hospitalized with the virus (81% unvaccinated, 19% vaccinated), with 196 currently in intensive care (87% unvaccinated, 13% vaccinated) and 117 on a ventilator (86% unvaccinated, 14% vaccinated). The daily percent positive was 12.55%.
A total of 911,065 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 (73), Berkeley (1,215), Boone (108), Braxton (73), Brooke (85), Cabell (396), Calhoun (48), Clay (62), Doddridge (38), Fayette (317), Gilmer (29), Grant (104), Greenbrier (154), Hampshire (74), Hancock (146), Hardy (95), Harrison (341), Jackson (73), Jefferson (492), Kanawha (614), Lewis (87), Lincoln (96), Logan (144), Marion (258), Marshall (100), Mason (103), McDowell (100), Mercer (422), Mineral (109), Mingo (107), Monongalia (267), Monroe (104), Morgan (156), Nicholas (225), Ohio (207), Pendleton (19), Pleasants (19), Pocahontas (22), Preston (102), Putnam (286), Raleigh (476), Randolph (88), Ritchie (39), Roane (85), Summers (50), Taylor (85), Tucker (15), Tyler (14), Upshur (86), Wayne (152), Webster (48), Wetzel (39), Wirt (17), Wood (340), Wyoming (88).