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Vaccination Rates High, COVID Metrics Lower in West Virginia

Vaccination rates stayed high and significant COVID-19 metrics got lower Monday, both pieces of good news for West Virginia in its battle against the virus.

The Mountain State continued to lead the country in rate of vaccination, while the Department of Health and Human Resources’ COVID-19 alert map, bathed in red in recent weeks, showed much less of that color in Monday’s edition.

As of Monday, the state had administered 130,600 first doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, which is 7 percent of West Virginia’s nearly 1.8 million residents.

Both vaccines require two doses each and, as of Monday, 23,092 West Virginians had received their second shot of the vaccines.

According to the DHHR dashboard, West Virginia has received 132,700 first doses of vaccine, so 98.4 percent of them have been administered. The state has received 28,275 second doses of vaccine, and 81.7 percent of those have been administered.

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department announced 40 new positive COVID-19 cases in its Monday night update. Eighteen of those new cases are from an outbreak at a local assisted living facility.

Elmhurst, the House of Friendship recently announced it was dealing with its first positive COVID-19 cases.

“Our residents are doing very well,” the facility said on its Facebook page. “We have been in constant contact with the state and local entities who provided Elmhurst with protocols to follow. We are keeping families informed on a daily basis.”

Monday’s update put the county’s totals at 3,272 positive cases and 57 deaths since the pandemic began.

Meanwhile, the number of counties in red — the highest-risk category — on the DHHR alert map dropped to 17 out of 55. On the Jan. 10 map, there were 46 counties in red. Twenty-nine more on Monday’s map were orange, the second-highest-risk category. Six more were gold and three were yellow.

Hancock County joined Ohio County in orange Monday, while Brooke and Marshall counties remained in red. Hancock County had an infection rate of 61.49 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 7.12. Brooke County had an infection rate of 73.58 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.38.

Ohio County had an infection rate of 61.75 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 7.40. Marshall County had an infection rate of 63.64 cases per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 10.00.

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