WV nears 7,000 COVID deaths as nation surpasses 1 million; Justice orders flags at half-staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Active COVID-19 cases are on the rise and increased again on Thursday in West Virginia to just under 1,500.

There are currently 1,496 active cases, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

West Virginia also added 7 deaths Thursday, bringing the pandemic death total to 6,893.

The increase comes at the same time the country marks one million COVID deaths.

Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation Thursday afternoon, following a presidential proclamation, that calls for all U.S. and state flags to be lowered to half-staff through next Monday remembering those who have died from COVID.

MORE Read Justice proclamation here

The latest West Virginia death was a 74 year old man from Jefferson County. Due to the Bureau for Public Health’s continuing data reconciliation with the official death certificate, the other deaths include a 69 year old male from Greenbrier County, a 98 year old male from Mercer County, an 87 year old female from Berkeley County, a 72 year old male from Wirt County, a 39 year old female from Wayne County, and a 49 year old male from Wayne County. These deaths range from March through April of this year, with one death occurring in Sept. 2021.

“COVID-19 continues to be a threat to West Virginia,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch said in a statement. “We must renew our dedication to safety and prevention measures, including vaccination and booster shots, and support those grieving losses because of this terrible disease.”

There are currently 119 patients in the hospital battling the virus.

Active cases per county are as follows: Barbour (11), Berkeley (131), Boone (31), Braxton (2), Brooke (12), Cabell (85), Calhoun (1), Clay (1), Doddridge (5), Fayette (37), Gilmer (3), Grant (0), Greenbrier (95), Hampshire (5), Hancock (27), Hardy (7), Harrison (67), Jackson (5), Jefferson (83), Kanawha (132), Lewis (4), Lincoln (17), Logan (32), Marion (86), Marshall (18), Mason (15), McDowell (16), Mercer (38), Mineral (14), Mingo (4), Monongalia (103), Monroe (25), Morgan (7), Nicholas (17), Ohio (55), Pendleton (15), Pleasants (1), Pocahontas (2), Preston (20), Putnam (31), Raleigh (70), Randolph (16), Ritchie (1), Roane (3), Summers (11), Taylor (19), Tucker (4), Tyler (6), Upshur (28), Wayne (34), Webster (2), Wetzel (3), Wirt (1), Wood (28), Wyoming (10).

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