The state reported 6,934 active cases, an increase of almost 500 news cases in the 24-hour period from Wednesday to Thursday morning. Active cases on Wednesday were 6,462, 6,200 on Tuesday, 6,436 on Monday and more than 6,700 on Friday.
The state reported 1,114 new cases received from Wednesday to Thursday morning.
Another 19 people have been added to the death count since the pandemic began in spring 2020. The number of deaths as of Thursday was 4,717.
Locally, active cases in counties as of Thursday are (previous day): Calhoun 48 (34); Doddridge, 14 (15); Gilmer, 19 (14); Jackson, 85 (80); Pleasants, 18 (16); Ritchie, 24 (21); Roane, 67 (68); Tyler, 18 (16); Wetzel, 77 (69); Wirt, 24 (22); Wood 233 (221.)
CHARLESTON — Three residents from Wood and Wirt counties are among the COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday while active cases spiked upward to nearly 7,000, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
The record number of active cases was 29,744 on Sept. 16 in the latest surge that state health officers say is fueled by the delta variant of the virus and the unvaccinated.
Deaths reported on Thursday include an 81-year-old woman from Wood County, an 80-year-old woman from Wood County and a 56-year-old man from Wirt County.
Other deaths were reported in Raleigh, Nicholas, Putnam, Webster, Kanawha, Preston, Ohio, Barbour, Marion, Putnam, Mercer and Jefferson counties. The youngest was a 36-year-old man from Marion County.
Wood County returned to orange on Thursday after going into the red classification, the worst level, in the County Alert System map. Jackson County remains the only red county in the region. Roane and Calhoun also are orange, second highest. Pleasants and Tyler are yellow. Doddridge is green, lowest level. Wirt, Ritchie and Gilmer are gold, mid level.
The number of hospitalizations of people with COVID-related complications increased by three from Wednesday to 522, of which 388 are unvaccinated. The state reported 169 people are in an intensive care unit with 143 of those unvaccinated. Ninety-eight patients are on ventilators with 85 of the vented patients being unvaccinated.
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