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West Virginia reports 27 new COVID-19 deaths, 780 new cases

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says 27 more West Virginians have died in connection to COVID-19, bringing the state to a total of 5,191 COVID-19 related deaths throughout the pandemic.

Health officials confirmed the deaths of a 72-year old male from Kanawha County, a 67-year old female from Harrison County, a 69-year old male from Nicholas County, a 32-year old male from Braxton County, an 84-year old male from Ohio County, a 69-year old male from Jackson County, a 59-year old female from Wayne County, a 64-year old male from Barbour County, a 77-year old male from Berkeley County, an 86-year old male from Preston County, a 72-year old female from Randolph County, a 64-year old female from Jackson County, a 65-year old female from Raleigh County, a 68-year old female from Lewis County, a 73-year old female from Jackson County, a 59-year old female from Kanawha County, a 75-year old female from Wetzel County, a 60-year old female from Braxton County, a 62-year old male from Monongalia County, an 86-year old female from Marshall County, an 82-year old male from Taylor County, a 74-year old female from Wyoming County, a 67-year old male from Berkeley County, a 66-year old male from Monroe County, an 84-year old female from Nicholas County, a 59-year old female from Upshur County, and a 72-year old female from Mingo County.

West Virginia COVID-19 data for Dec. 20, 2021 (Photo Courtesy: WV DHHR)

West Virginia currently has a total of 8,934 active cases.

A total of 609 West Virginians are currently hospitalized with 198 people in the ICU and 117 on ventilators. The state has a current daily percent positivity rate of 11.71% and a current cumulative rate of 6.36%.

Health officials say 301,446 West Virginians have recovered from the virus.

With 5 to 11-year-olds now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, the state has adjusted its percentage of eligible West Virginians to include this age group, which is why the percentages appear lower than in previous days. Health officials say 64.2% of eligible West Virginians have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and the percentage of eligible West Virginians who are fully vaccinated is at 53.7%. West Virginians ages 5 and older can get a vaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines or to find a vaccination site near you, visit vaccinate.wv.gov or call 1-833-734-0965.

West Virginia County Alert System map for Dec. 20, 2021 (Photo Courtesy: WV DHHR)

According to the state’s County Alert System map, Pendleton, Tucker, Tyler and Pleasants counties are in green. Counties in yellow include Wetzel, Wirt, Lewis and Pocahontas.

The map lists Preston, Taylor and Summers counties as gold. Orange counties include Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Doddridge, Ritchie, Calhoun, Gilmer, Braxton, Webster, Upshur, Randolph, Barbour, Grant, Hampshire, Roane, Wood, Kanawha, Putnam, Mason, Cabell, Logan, Wyoming and McDowell.

The remaining 17 of the state’s 55 counties are in red. These include Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, Hardy, Jackson, Clay, Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Mercer, Monroe, Greenbrier, Boone, Lincoln, Wayne and Mingo.

Active cases per county include:

Barbour (70), Berkeley (1,266), Boone (100), Braxton (59), Brooke (84), Cabell (332), Calhoun (43), Clay (71), Doddridge (41), Fayette (355), Gilmer (37), Grant (81), Greenbrier (185), Hampshire (68), Hancock (138), Hardy (82), Harrison (317), Jackson (77), Jefferson (502), Kanawha (603), Lewis (79), Lincoln (87), Logan (134), Marion (237), Marshall (97), Mason (112), McDowell (107), Mercer (442), Mineral (111), Mingo (87), Monongalia (252), Monroe (127), Morgan (175), Nicholas (223), Ohio (186), Pendleton (15), Pleasants (18), Pocahontas (23), Preston (97), Putnam (265), Raleigh (476), Randolph (102), Ritchie (39), Roane (77), Summers (56), Taylor (81), Tucker (8), Tyler (13), Upshur (94), Wayne (143), Webster (28), Wetzel (34), Wirt (11), Wood (293), Wyoming (94).

Free pop-up COVID-19 testing is available today in the following counties:

For additional free COVID-19 testing opportunities across the state, please visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx

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