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DHHR: Active COVID-19 numbers now below 3,000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Active COVID-19 cases in West Virginia fell below the 3,000 mark for the first time since late last summer in numbers released Monday by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

There are now 2,799 active cases including 205 newly confirmed cases since last Friday. The last time there were less than 3,000 cases was Sept. 8, 2020.

The DHHR also reported four new deaths in Monday’s report including a 78-year old male from Grant County, a 95-year old male from Morgan County, a 51-year old male from Wayne County, and a 79-year old female from Greenbrier County.

There have now been 2,853 deaths COVID-19 related deaths in West Virginia since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations due the virus have dropped to 132. The last time it was that low was Aug. 17, 2020.

Vaccination numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control show 53% of the state’s overall population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The state will have its first drawing in its vaccination lottery contest– Do It for Baby Dog — later this week.

The registration deadline is Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. for the first drawing. The winning names will actually be drawn Thursday with the winners announced next Sunday. Prizes include $1 million in cash, two trucks, 25 weekend state park getaways, guns and lifetime hunting and fishing licenses. The drawings will take place weekly through early August.

Those who have had at least one COVID-19 shot can register. The registration is at the ‘Do It For Babydog’ website.

Overall confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (1,511), Berkeley (12,786), Boone (2,168), Braxton (1,000), Brooke (2,246), Cabell (8,851), Calhoun (377), Clay (541), Doddridge (636), Fayette (3,542), Gilmer (879), Grant (1,306), Greenbrier (2,882), Hampshire (1,916), Hancock (2,838), Hardy (1,564), Harrison (6,128), Jackson (2,222), Jefferson (4,773), Kanawha (15,448), Lewis (1,275), Lincoln (1,584), Logan (3,267), Marion (4,621), Marshall (3,533), Mason (2,047), McDowell (1,612), Mercer (5,105), Mineral (2,970), Mingo (2,718), Monongalia (9,386), Monroe (1,203), Morgan (1,223), Nicholas (1,890), Ohio (4,303), Pendleton (723), Pleasants (959), Pocahontas (680), Preston (2,952), Putnam (5,309), Raleigh (7,036), Randolph (2,834), Ritchie (755), Roane (656), Summers (857), Taylor (1,270), Tucker (545), Tyler (738), Upshur (1,956), Wayne (3,186), Webster (543), Wetzel (1,384), Wirt (455), Wood (7,921), Wyoming (2,034).

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