The Department of Health and Human Resources, reported 815 people were hospitalized with coronavirus complications, 619 of those unvaccinated.
PARKERSBURG — COVID-related hospitalizations in West Virginia exceeded 800 on Monday, the first time since October.
The last time hospitalizations were more than 800 was 806 on Oct. 14. The most admissions during the pandemic was 1,012 on Sept. 24.
State health officials are warning another surge, this time possibly caused by the more-infectious omicron variant, will strain hospitals, particularly for staffing reasons, and impact procedures and care for non-COVID patients. Eight cases of omicron were reported on Monday in Wood County, three higher than Sunday, and two in Jackson, one more than Sunday.
The department on Monday also reported 224 people were in an intensive care unit, 16 more than Sunday, 185 of those unvaccinated, and 133 patients were on a ventilator, up from 115 on Sunday, 121 of whom are unvaccinated.
Hospitalizations jumped by 37 from Sunday to Monday when 778 people were reported, according to the state.
Also, active COVID-19 case statistics continue to fluctuate around West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley.
After reporting more than 16,000 active cases on Sunday, the state Department of Health and Human Resources said the total Monday morning was 15,124. That means more people came off the active case rolls than the 2,289 new cases received.
The criteria for an active case has changed, with the duration being shortened from 10 days to five based on the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. An asymptomatic individual can emerge from quarantine after five days but must remain masked for an additional five days. The active case figure on Friday was 13,980.
Wood County has seen a similar up-and-down trajectory. Registering 596 active cases on Friday and 727 Sunday, the county had 666 Monday, DHHR reported. Active cases in other area counties Monday (Sunday) were: Calhoun, 34 (31); Doddridge, 18 (17); Gilmer, 25 (27); Jackson, 75 (93); Pleasants, 47 (54); Ritchie, 44 (52); Roane, 72 (67); Tyler, 39 (37); Wetzel, 111 (107); Wirt, 20 (22).
The state reported another 24 deaths attributed to COVID-19, including a 72-year-old man from Wood County. The youngest individual was a 32-year-old woman from Ohio County, while the oldest was a 90-year-old woman from Upshur County. “It is with great sadness that we announce more lives lost to this pandemic. Our sympathies and thoughts go out to these families,” DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Please choose vaccination to prevent further spread and illness.”
Free COVID-testing sites can be found online at tinyurl.com/b7tavbyh.
Information on vaccinations for West Virginians age 5 and older, as well as boosters for those 12 and older, is available online at vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1-833-734-0965. The County Alert System map, which measures the level of viral spread based on the lower of new cases per 100,000 people in a given period or percentage of tests that come back positive, was unavailable Monday morning and afternoon due to technical issues.
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