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DHHR report: COVID-19 hospitalizations hit pandemic high

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

The agency’s dashboard listed the hospitalization total at 1,043, up from 1,009 on Tuesday. The previous pandemic high was 1,012 hospitalizations on Sept. 24, 2021. Of the 1,043 hospitalizations, 712 (68.3%) are unvaccinated.

Of the 1,043 patients currently in the hospital due to COVID-19, 225 are in the ICU. The pandemic high for ICU patients due to COVID-19 is 296, set in Sept. of last year. 107 current patients are on a vent.

Active cases of the coronavirus continued its fall this week. The DHHR confirmed 18,149 active cases on Wednesday, down from 19,277. Active cases stood at over 21,700 on Monday.

The agency also confirmed 24 additional COVID-19 related deaths to bring the statewide death total to 5,674.

DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a 48-year old male from Mercer County, a 78-year old male from Barbour County, an 86-year old female from Boone County, a 74-year old male from Lincoln County, a 67-year old male from Cabell County, a 65-year old male from Kanawha County, a 90-year old female from Cabell County, a 70-year old female from Mercer County, a 62-year old female from Fayette County, a 74-year old male from Mercer County, an 86-year old female from Braxton County, a 79-year old male from Cabell County, an 80-year old female from Ritchie County, a 59-year old female from Wood County, a 74-year old male from Lincoln County, a 66-year old female from Mercer County, an 84-year old male from Putnam County, a 65-year old female from Lincoln County, a 77-year old male from Berkeley County, a 75-year old female from Wetzel County, a 71-year old male from Harrison County, a 91-year old female from Kanawha County, an 86-year old female from Ohio County, and a 66-year old male from Barbour County.

“Our hospitals and healthcare workers work tirelessly to help West Virginians recover from this deadly virus,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary in a release. “To prevent further illness and loss of life, please schedule vaccines and booster shots for all eligible members of your family.”

Fourty 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 (97), Berkeley (830), Boone (286), Braxton (67), Brooke (102), Cabell (1,199), Calhoun (81), Clay (62), Doddridge (105), Fayette (638), Gilmer (73), Grant (129), Greenbrier (357), Hampshire (162), Hancock (192), Hardy (120), Harrison (567), Jackson (127), Jefferson (346), Kanawha (2,500), Lewis (83), Lincoln (241), Logan (428), Marion (526), Marshall (258), Mason (287), McDowell (189), Mercer (661), Mineral (233), Mingo (238), Monongalia (1,079), Monroe (184), Morgan (104), Nicholas (322), Ohio (315), Pendleton (65), Pleasants (51), Pocahontas (36), Preston (295), Putnam (706), Raleigh (993), Randolph (180), Ritchie (80), Roane (141), Summers (145), Taylor (160), Tucker (18), Tyler (89), Upshur (164), Wayne (441), Webster (65), Wetzel (130), Wirt (58), Wood (756), Wyoming (388). To find the cumulative cases per county, please visit
www.coronavirus.wv.gov and look on the Cumulative Summary tab which is sortable by county.

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