175,000+ Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in West Virginia
The state of West Virginia hit another significant — and good — milestone in the battle against COVID-19. According to the Department of Health and Human Resources website Thursday, more than 175,000 are now fully vaccinated from the virus.
The state database has 175,181 people who have received their second vaccine dose. According to the Bloomberg COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker, 10 percent of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated. By comparison, 5.4 percent are fully vaccinated in Pennsylvania, 6.3 percent in Ohio, 6.5 percent in Virginia and 6.2 percent in Kentucky.
The DHHR site also reports that 277,182 first doses have been administered in the state. Healthcare workers have given out 10,114 total doses in Ohio County and 5,655 doses in Marshall County. There are 3,741 people fully vaccinated in Ohio County and 2,086 fully vaccinated in Marshall County.
The Marshall County Health Department announced five new confirmed positive and two new probable COVID-19 cases in its Thursday night report. That put the county’s totals at 2,342 confirmed cases, 632 probable cases, eight hospitalizations and 62 associated deaths.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department had not released an update with Thursday’s numbers as of 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, metrics continue to improve in the Northern Panhandle on the DHHR COVID-19 alert map. Marshall County on Thursday joined the list of counties in green, the map’s safest category. Hancock and Ohio counties were yellow, the second-safest category, and Brooke County was gold.
Hancock County had an infection rate of 10.41 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.15 on Thursday’s map. Brooke County had an infection rate of 16.93 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 4.26.
Ohio County had an infection rate of 18.97 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 3.82. Marshall County had an infection rate of 15.44 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 2.93.
In Ohio, the Belmont County Health Department reported 5,270 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic along with 60 hospitalizations and 98 associated deaths. The latest death was reported Thursday with the victim a man in his 60s.