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COVID-19 hospitalizations fall below 200 for first time in 4 months

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Daily hospitalizations associated with COVID-19 in West Virginia dropped below 200 patients for the first time in more than than four months Wednesday.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Resources, there are now 197 people in the hospital, which is the first time under 200 patients since there were 193 residents hospitalized on Oct. 22, 2020.

Hospitalizations reached a high of 818 patients on Jan. 5 but those numbers have been steadily declining since the second week of January.

The DHHR did confirm 232 new COVID-19 cases in Wednesday’s report along with eight additional deaths including a 53-year old female from Lewis County, a 66-year old male from Mason County, a 69-year old male from Berkeley County, an 80-year old male from Tucker County, a 64-year old male from Boone County, a 78-year old male from Kanawha County, a 60-year old male from Marion County, and a 37-year old female from Monongalia County.

Total pandemic deaths reported by the state now stand at 2,309.

Active cases are at 6,451and 31 of the state’s 55 counties are green on the COVID-19 daily alert map.

The total number of state residents that have been fully vaccinated is approaching 200,000. More than 103,000 additional residents are waiting for their second shots.

Overall confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (1,235), Berkeley (9,722), Boone (1,587), Braxton (779), Brooke (2,015), Cabell (7,849), Calhoun (230), Clay (378), Doddridge (468), Fayette (2,684), Gilmer (715), Grant (1,073), Greenbrier (2,413), Hampshire (1,546), Hancock (2,599), Hardy (1,273), Harrison (4,854), Jackson (1,669), Jefferson (3,649), Kanawha (12,153), Lewis (1,046), Lincoln (1,230), Logan (2,707), Marion (3,689), Marshall (3,016), Mason (1,775), McDowell (1,351), Mercer (4,229), Mineral (2,594), Mingo (2,136), Monongalia (8,073), Monroe (951), Morgan (934), Nicholas (1,186), Ohio (3,652), Pendleton (621), Pleasants (802), Pocahontas (596), Preston (2,548), Putnam (4,236), Raleigh (4,769), Randolph (2,398), Ritchie (624), Roane (500), Summers (704), Taylor (1,093), Tucker (503), Tyler (619), Upshur (1,693), Wayne (2,624), Webster (324), Wetzel (1,097), Wirt (360), Wood (7,099), Wyoming (1,746).

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