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West Virginia hits 7,000 COVID-19 deaths, Justice urges state to ‘keep moving’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The State of West Virginia has reached another grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic — 7,000 deaths.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed two COVID-19 related deaths in its Monday report to bring the statewide total of deaths during the pandemic to 7,001. The DHHR confirmed the deaths of a 75-year old male from Cabell County and a 53-year old male from Cabell County.

“We send condolences to these families and to all who are grieving on this somber morning,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary in a release. “Together, we can end transmission of this deadly virus by choosing to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.”

During the Monday coronavirus briefing with Gov. Jim Justice and his administration, the governor said the only choice is to keep moving.

“We only have one choice and that is to keep moving and keep moving north. We must do everything we possibly can to stop us losing one more person,” Justice said.

The agency reported 6,000 COVID-19 related deaths on February 14 and 5,000 deaths on December 7.

217 patients are in the hospital with COVID-19, according to the DHHR Monday report. That continues an upward trend from that figure in the 70s in late April.

The DHHR confirmed 1,989 active cases of the virus, down from 300 cases over the weekend. It’s the lowest active case total since mid-May.

Dr. Clay Marsh, state coronavirus czar said during the briefing that the most infectious forms of COVID-19 are now present.

“We currently are seeing the most recent number of cases go up related to the omicron BA.2, BA.2, 12, 1 variants,” Marsh said.

Dr. Ayne Amjad, the state health officer said during the briefing that there will be a significant variant updates to the dashboard on Tuesday. She said the number of Delta cases for variants will decrease by 634 and omicron variant cases will decrease by 364 cases.

Current active cases per county: Barbour (15), Berkeley (144), Boone (40), Braxton (20), Brooke (29), Cabell (100), Calhoun (4), Clay (6), Doddridge (5), Fayette (49), Gilmer (11), Grant (11), Greenbrier (41), Hampshire (25), Hancock (37), Hardy (12), Harrison (104), Jackson (7), Jefferson (67), Kanawha (184), Lewis (16), Lincoln (12), Logan (52), Marion (83), Marshall (17), Mason (35), McDowell (18), Mercer (101), Mineral (28), Mingo (13), Monongalia (145), Monroe (22), Morgan (10), Nicholas (33), Ohio (37), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (1), Pocahontas (2), Preston (23), Putnam (54), Raleigh (101), Randolph (20), Ritchie (8), Roane (20), Summers (7), Taylor (34), Tucker (2), Tyler (7), Upshur (26), Wayne (28), Webster (6), Wetzel (21), Wirt (1), Wood (70), Wyoming (24). To find the cumulative cases per county, please visit coronavirus.wv.gov and look on the Cumulative Summary tab which is sortable by county.

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