CHARLESTON — Three Wood County residents’ deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ latest report released Monday.
In the daily update from DHHR, three women — ages 49, 66 and 93 — from Wood County were among 30 deaths reported across the state, along with a 71-year-old man from Doddridge County.
The number of active cases declined overall statewide, though changes in Mid-Ohio Valley counties varied. Active cases as of Monday (Friday) were: Calhoun, 26 (37); Doddridge, 8 (21); Gilmer, 29 (37); Jackson, 83 (79); Pleasants, 13 (16); Ritchie, 19 (17); Roane, 108 (100); Tyler, 18 (15); Wetzel, 59 (61); Wirt, 10 (13 ); Wood, 230 (234).
“With a heavy heart, we share this solemn news of more lives lost to this pandemic,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR cabinet secretary. “We extend our sympathies to the families affected and encourage vaccination to all eligible.”
From staff reports
Also on Monday, Wood County Schools announced it will begin offering youth COVID-19 vaccinations next week.
Jackson was the area’s only red county on the state’s County Alert System map. That’s the highest category of coronavirus spread based on new cases per 100,000 people over a one- or two-week period (depending on population) or percentage of tests coming back positive, whichever is lower.
Wood, Roane and Wetzel counties were at orange, the second-highest level, while Gilmer was in the middle at gold. Calhoun, Ritchie and Tyler counties were yellow, second lowest, while Doddridge, Pleasants and Wirt were at the lowest level, green.
There were 30 COVID patients at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center on Monday, seven of whom were fully vaccinated. None of the nine patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit had been vaccinated, while just one of the nine patients on ventilators had been vaccinated, according to information provided by the hospital. Federal regulators approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccination for 5- to 11-year-olds last week.
It will be offered to Wood County Schools students at the Lincoln facility beside VanDevender Middle School, 918 31st St., in Parkersburg. For the first week, the schedule is: ¯ Last name A-H: 3-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.
¯ Last name I-P: 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. ¯ Last name Q-Z: 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Families are encouraged to fill out the form available for download at https://5il.co/11k12. Blank forms also will be available at the clinic.
If families are unable to attend the scheduled clinic, walk-in clinics will be available on Thursday afternoons starting in December. Walk-in clinics are scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at the Lincoln building. They will continue through the end of the school year on Thursday afternoons as long as vaccine is available to Wood County Schools, according to a release from the district. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of vaccination.