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DHHR: ICU beds currently occupied are at pandemic high

By Jeff Jenkins

CHARLESTON  — A pandemic-record intensive care unit beds are now being filled with COVID-19 patients in West Virginia, according to case numbers released Tuesday by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

 There are 213 ICU beds being used statewide. The previous pandemic high was 207, which happened  Dec. 14. 

The DHHR reported 761 people hospitalized with the virus at the end of the day Monday.

Twenty-one deaths were added Tuesday, including three more in Monongalia County and another one in Preston.

Among those 21, are a 90-year-old male from Marshall County, a 74-year-old male from Hancock County, a 71-year-old male from Pendleton County, an 80-year-old male from Greenbrier County, an 86-year-old female from McDowell County, a 62-year-old male from Marshall County, a 67-year-old female from Greenbrier County, an 89-year-old male from Cabell County, an 84-year-old male from Tucker County, a 95-year-old male from Monongalia County, a 

91-year-old male from Putnam County, an 80-year-old female from Cabell County, an 81-year-old female from Preston County, an 88-year-old female from Greenbrier County, a 91-year-old male from Monongalia County, an 80-year-old female from Hancock County, a 93-year-old female from Wyoming County, a 

76-year-old female from Monongalia County, an 81-year-old female from Berkeley County, an 85-year-old female from Hancock County, and an 81-year-old female from Harrison County.

“Each loss is a heartbreak to a family and to our state,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said. “I urge you to remember your actions for safety result in saving the lives of your family, neighbors and friends.”

There have been 1,284 COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia.

There were 1,337 new confirmed cases reported Tuesday. Active cases are now at 24,264 with a daily positivity test rate of 10.45%.

Fifty-three of the state’s 55 counties were red or orange Tuesday, representing a high rate of spread.

Overall confirmed cases include: Barbour (710), Berkeley (6,045), Boone (1,031), Braxton (276), Brooke (1,357), Cabell (5,034), Calhoun (127), Clay (252), Doddridge (238), Fayette (1,689), Gilmer (386), Grant (748), Greenbrier (1,391), Hampshire (943), Hancock (1,801), Hardy (751), Harrison (2,844), Jackson (1,129), Jefferson (2,282), Kanawha (8,425), Lewis (486), Lincoln (729), Logan (1,598), Marion (1,725), Marshall (1,960), Mason (992), McDowell (932), Mercer (2,669), Mineral (2,067), Mingo (1,398), Monongalia (5,173), Monroe (613), Morgan (632), Nicholas (636), Ohio (2,452), Pendleton (283), Pleasants (556), Pocahontas (344), Preston (1,612), Putnam (2,898), Raleigh (2,609), Randolph (1,104), Ritchie (330), Roane (290), Summers (418), Taylor (667), Tucker (312), Tyler (346), Upshur (870), Wayne (1,656), Webster (143), Wetzel (671), Wirt (213), Wood (4,814), Wyoming (1,116).

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