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CHARLESTON – Active coronavirus cases jumped to nearly 1,000 on Thursday, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
The state reported 998 active cases of the virus, up from 987 on Wednesday and 971 on Tuesday. Active cases had not been less than 1,000 for a year. The peak occurred on January 10 when there were 29,257.
The delta variant, more severe and more contagious than previous mutations in the virus, is becoming the predominant strain in the United States and around the world, according to Dr. Clay Marsh, COVID-19 leader in West Virginia.
“Now is the time for all of us to pay a lot of attention to what is to come” Marsh said at Gov. Jim Justice’s briefing on Tuesday. “The delta variant, which is the variant that originally started in India, is making its way across the country.”
Missouri, which has issues with the delta variant, is seeing a rapid increase in hospitalizations and intensive care unit admissions, Marsh said.
Missouri news outlets this week reported an increase in COVID-19 cases due to low vaccination rates. The average number of new COVID-19 cases in Missouri has exceeded 1,300 per day.
“The majority of their inhabitants are now between 20 and 40 years old”, said Marsh. “So it’s a different virus.”
One dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine is not enough to protect someone from the delta strain, Marsh said. The second shot is needed, with protection after two weeks, he said.
In West Virginia, health planners looked at how many fully vaccinated people were re-infected.
“We found that only 0.1% of people had been fully vaccinated”, he said. “So we know it’s incredibly effective.”
Nineteen cases of the delta variant had been recorded in West Virginia as of Thursday, two more than the last update on Wednesday.
Six of the 19 cases are in County Monongalia, five in Berkeley County, two in Jefferson and one each in Greenbrier, Hampshire, Harrison, Kanawha, Marion and McDowell counties. Local counties have not yet had a delta infection.
Hospitalizations are also up slightly, according to the state. Eighty people are hospitalized, 31 in intensive care and 12 on ventilators.
âIt’s still significantly less than what we were seeing. But I think that underlines the reality in which we are always â, said Marsh. âWe still have a number of people who are very susceptible to serious illnesses who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. “
The department also confirmed the death of a 69-year-old Preston County man on Thursday.
“We offer our deepest sympathy as family and our state mourn another loss due to COVID-19,” DHHR Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. âLetâs continue to take all possible precautions to stop the spread of this disease, including scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination for yourself and all eligible family members. “
The death toll from the virus is 2,917 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Active cases in local counties as of Thursday (previous day): Calhoun, 4 (7); Doddridge 5 (5); Gilmer, 3 (3); Jackson, 6 (5); Pleasant, 0 (0); Ritchie, 5 (3); Roane, 5 (7); Tyler, 8 (9); Wirt, 5 (5); Wood, 15 (17.)
Webster County remained the only county in the gold category, halfway on the county’s alert system map for infection and spread. Cabell, Putnam and Morgan remained yellow, second lowest in terms of infection rates.
All other counties are green, the lowest level.
Immunization clinics through the Ohio Valley Health Department will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 22 and 29 at the City Park Pavilion in Parkersburg; 11 am to 3 pm Wednesdays at Spencer Park in Vienna; and from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays at the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority on Juliana Street in Parkersburg.
During the 5K Color Run on Saturday in City Park, a vaccination clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Johnson & Johnson single-dose and Pfizer two-dose vaccines for ages 12 to 18 will be available.
More information about the vaccines is available at vaccinate.wv.gov or at 1-833-734-0965. Residents who have been vaccinated can enter the Do it for Babydog Vaccine Sweepstakes at Mustforbabydog.wv.gov for prizes.