CHARLESTON — Wood County turned green Thursday on the state’s county alert system, the lowest infection risk level.
Twenty-eight counties are highlighted in green on the map. The rest are yellow, second lowest, and four are gold, mid-level.
Wood County hasn’t been green in at least six months and not since back to school.
The map is based on infection rate and percent positivity and a county’s ranking is based on the lower of the two stats. Wood County’s positive percentage is 4.47%, green, while the infection rate is 21.72, yellow.
Wirt, Pleasants, Jackson, Calhoun and Gilmer are also green in the area. Wetzel, Tyler, Ritchie, Doddridge and Roane are yellow.
While the map colors are favorable, another 38 virus deaths have been confirmed in West Virginia, according to Thursday’s pandemic update from the Department of Health and Human Resources.
The death toll stands at 6,288 since the pandemic began in West Virginia more than two years ago. Of the 5,189 deaths that occurred after vaccines became available in December 2020, just under 88% were unvaccinated.
Thursday’s confirmations include 19 deaths found in reconciliation of data with death certificates by the Office of Public Health. Among the deaths were a 30-year-old man from Wayne County and a 90-year-old man from Wetzel County.
The deaths of a 77-year-old man from Jackson County, a 71-year-old woman from Calhoun County and an 83-year-old man from Wetzel County were listed in deaths reported during the reporting period. 24 hours from Wednesday to Thursday morning. Other deaths occurred in Putnam, Kanawha, Harrison, Mercer, Raleigh, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Barbour, Summers, Marion and Preston counties.
Nearby deaths were confirmed in McDowell, Hampshire, Braxton, Cabell, Pocahontas, Wayne, Boone, Preston, Raleigh, Barbour, Marshall, Nicholas, Cabell, Jefferson, Putnam and Kanawha counties in January and February.
“We send our deepest condolences to each of these families,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR’s Cabinet Secretary. “Help prevent or significantly mitigate the effects of this virus by choosing to have all family members aged five and over receive the COVID vaccine.”
While the unvaccinated are most deaths, the unvaccinated are also most admissions to public hospitals, intensive care units and on ventilators, according to the state.
The state reported that 588 people with COVID-related complications were in the hospital, including 377, or 64.1%, who were unvaccinated. ICU admissions were 133, 105 or 78.9% unvaccinated. Seventy-six patients were on a ventilator, 66, or 86.8%, unvaccinated.
Ten pediatric cases have been reported including two in an intensive care unit.
Current active cases continue to decline and were reported at 3,336 on Thursday, 238 lower than Wednesday. New cases received since Wednesday’s report were 1,240.
The most active cases, after a January change in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, were 21,717 on January 22.