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DHHR confirms five COVID-19 deaths in Friday report, another drop in active cases

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed five additional COVID-19 related deaths on Friday including a 29-year old male from Mineral County, one of the youngest the state has seen in the pandemic.

Other deaths confirmed by the DHHR report include a 68-year old male from McDowell County, a 93-year old female from Mason County, a 69-year old male from Grant County, and an 85-year old female from Marion County. The statewide death total is now 2,756.

“As we comfort those who mourn, we must take all steps available to prevent further loss of life due to COVID-19,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary in a release. “This includes scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination for yourself and all eligible family members.”

Active virus case total in West Virginia fell once again Friday, in a pattern seen this week, to 6,615. It’s the lowest total since March 31 when the state was at 6,499. 297 new cases were added by the DHHR.

Hospitalizations have dropped slightly at 255 patients with 86 of them in intensive care.

46.2% of the state’s overall population, 828,482, has now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 38.6% of the state’s population, 691,758, are fully vaccinated.

Cases totals per county: Barbour (1,441), Berkeley (12,425), Boone (2,054), Braxton (940), Brooke (2,197), Cabell (8,711), Calhoun (352), Clay (508), Doddridge (602), Fayette (3,454), Gilmer (861), Grant (1,281), Greenbrier (2,814), Hampshire (1,842), Hancock (2,808), Hardy (1,530), Harrison (5,750), Jackson (2,129), Jefferson (4,622), Kanawha (14,993), Lewis (1,202), Lincoln (1,482), Logan (3,152), Marion (4,463), Marshall (3,477), Mason (2,006), McDowell (1,576), Mercer (4,870), Mineral (2,864), Mingo (2,591), Monongalia (9,214), Monroe (1,143), Morgan (1,189), Nicholas (1,716), Ohio (4,214), Pendleton (703), Pleasants (894), Pocahontas (663), Preston (2,897), Putnam (5,172), Raleigh (6,808), Randolph (2,619), Ritchie (708), Roane (632), Summers (825), Taylor (1,229), Tucker (528), Tyler (720), Upshur (1,877), Wayne (3,105), Webster (495), Wetzel (1,351), Wirt (426), Wood (7,796), Wyoming (2,002).

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