State nears pandemic high in hospitalizations, according to DHHR report

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — COVID-19 hospitalizations in West Virginia have neared a pandemic high,  according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR).

The DHHR confirmed 1,009 hospitalizations on Tuesday. The pandemic high is 1,012 patients on Sept. 24, 2020. 218 of the current COVID patients are in the ICU.

Active cases of the coronavirus in West Virginia fell by more than 2,000 on Tuesday, according to the DHHR.

The DHHR confirmed 19,277 active cases on its Tuesday dashboard, compared to 21,717 confirmed Monday.

The agency also confirmed five additional deaths including a 53-year old male from Nicholas County, a 54-year old male from Preston County, an 80-year old female from Jefferson County, a 63-year old female from Barbour County, and an 86-year old female from Preston County.

The statewide death total due to the pandemic is now 5,650.

“The tragedy of COVID-19 seems almost unimaginable,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary in a release. “So many West Virginians have been lost to this deadly disease and our sympathies are extended to these families. Please do all you can to prevent further tragedy in our communities by choosing the COVID vaccine and booster.”

Fourty-one of the state’s 55 counties are red on the COVID-19 county alert, meaning the highest transmission rate. That is down from 49 on Monday.

Current active cases per county: Barbour (99), Berkeley (838), Boone (345), Braxton (83), Brooke (121), Cabell (1,245), Calhoun (59), Clay (80), Doddridge (90), Fayette (710), Gilmer (83), Grant (129), Greenbrier (361), Hampshire (158), Hancock (185), Hardy (158), Harrison (642), Jackson (120), Jefferson (372), Kanawha (2,576), Lewis (104), Lincoln (234), Logan (416), Marion (552), Marshall (286), Mason (301), McDowell (190), Mercer (703), Mineral (263), Mingo (275), Monongalia (1,070), Monroe (244), Morgan (121), Nicholas (362), Ohio (310), Pendleton (70), Pleasants (46), Pocahontas (16), Preston (298), Putnam (736), Raleigh (1,067), Randolph (320), Ritchie (81), Roane (150), Summers (168), Taylor (179), Tucker (10), Tyler (109), Upshur (172), Wayne (473), Webster (69), Wetzel (156), Wirt (73), Wood (767), Wyoming (432). To find the cumulative cases per county, please visit and look on the Cumulative Summary tab which is sortable by county.

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