The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed the deaths of 31 more residents due to complications stemming from COVID-19.
Among those confirmed deceased are a 95-year-old Mercer County man, a 79-year-old Wood County woman, an 88-year-old Mercer County woman, a 96-year-old Harrison County woman, an 81-year-old Kanawha County woman, a 68-year-old Harrison County man, a 72-year-old Monongalia County man, a 91-year-old Jackson County woman, a 67-year-old Raleigh County man, a 72-year-old Wyoming County man, a 96-year-old Kanawha County woman, a 40-year-old Raleigh County woman, an 84-year-old Cabell County woman, a 71-year-old Wood County man, a 79-year-old Wood County man, a 63-year-old Berkeley County man, a 90-year-old Cabell County woman, a 74-year-old Kanawha County woman, a 79-year-old Wood County woman, an 89-year-old Hancock County woman, a 91-year-old Upshur County woman, an 80-year-old Mason County man, a 79-year-old Monongalia County man, a 79-year-old Marion County man, an 87-year-old Jackson County woman, a 98-year-old Wood County woman, an 89-year-old Berkeley County man, a 49-year-old Boone County man, an 84-year-old Jefferson County woman, a 39-year-old Harrison County man and a 77-year-old Cabell County man.
“As we face another difficult day, we must renew our efforts to practice the prevention measures that can stop the spread of this deadly virus,” said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch.
As of Thursday, Jan. 14, West Virginia has now recorded its 1,702nd COVID-19 related death since the onset of the pandemic last spring.
There were 14,934 laboratory tests performed on Wednesday, Jan. 13, resulting in the identification of 827 new cases of COVID-19. The daily positivity-rate is 4.94% ( a seven-day low) and the cumulative positivity-rate is 5.44%. The W.Va. DHHR reports that 20,004 residents have been fully vaccinated; meaning they have received both rounds of injections. While Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Monroe counties remain designated as red on the DHHR’s color-coded county alert map, 22 counties across the state have now been downgraded to orange or gold. These changes to the map come just four-days before students across West Virginia are scheduled to return to in-person learning.
At present, 736 West Virginians are hospitalized with COVID-19, 187 of whom are being cared for in the intensive care unit while 97 are receiving assistance through ventilators. W.Va DHHR reports 76,272 residents who had previously tested positive for the virus have now recovered.