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COVID Death Toll in West Virginia Passes 1,000

COVID-related deaths in West Virginia passed a tragic mark on Tuesday, as more than 1,000 state residents have died from the virus since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, both Marshall and Ohio counties reported another COVID death in their Tuesday night updates.

According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 dashboard, 34 more deaths were reported Tuesday morning, which brought the state’s total to 1,012.

The Marshall County Health Department announced Tuesday night that a hospitalized 62-year-old man had died of COVID-19 complications, the 40th such death in the county since the pandemic began. It also announced 22 new confirmed positive and seven probable COVID cases. That brings the county’s totals to 1,463 confirmed cases, 250 probable cases and 11 hospitalizations.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported the COVID-related death of the resident of a long-term care facility. That marked the county’s 33rd COVID-related death since the pandemic began. The department also announced 41 new positive cases, bringing Ohio County’s total to 2,189.

Three of the Northern Panhandle’s four counties were “red” on Tuesday’s DHHR COVID-19 alert map. Marshall County’s time in “orange” was short, as it moved back to “red,” the map’s highest risk category. Hancock and Brooke counties also were “red” while Ohio County was “orange.”

Marshall County had an infection rate of 70.19 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 8.03. Ohio County had an infection rate of 66.92 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 7.10.

Hancock County had an infection rate of 138.84 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.96, while Brooke County had an infection rate of 125.67 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 12.17.

Hancock’s was the state’s highest infection rate Tuesday, with Brooke County in third. Brooke had the state’s second-highest percent positivity behind Hampshire County’s 13.58.

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