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Mon students can roll up their sleeves for COVID boosters in coming days

Parents of Monongalia County middle school and high school students have until Feb. 18 to register their children for booster shots across the district to close out the month.

The dosages will be administered for students 12 and older during the in-school clinics, which will run Feb. 22-24.

Visit and scroll down to the “announcements” link for details and a printable registration form, if needed.

Forms are also on the individual websites of your child’s school or in the school nurse’s office in the building.

Registered students will receive a booster even if their families don’t have medical insurance.

“Most important are the vaccines,” Deputy Schools Superintendent Donna Talerico said earlier this week while discussing the current incarnations of the pandemic across Mon and the Mountain State.

That includes shifting protocols, as well.

While the district is doing away with its once-stringent quarantine protocols, masks are still required and immunizations are encouraged, Talerico said.

Meanwhile, Mon Schools ended last week with 155 positive cases among the student population.

That’s as omicron still appears to be on the retreat across West Virginia, the state Department of Health and Human Resources said.

Just two counties, Mingo and Wyoming, were sitting in red on the DHHR’s county alert map Friday.

Gold was the overwhelming hue on the Friday edition of the map, with 24 counties showing that shade. Mon was yellow and Preston came in with orange.  

Statewide, pediatric hospitalizations are still low, with 17 young patients currently in the hospital, the DHHR reported.

Three of those patients are in intensive care and two others are on ventilators.

There are now 8,076 active cases across the state, including 299 in Monongalia and 167 in neighboring Preston.

Marion County has 259 such cases and Harrison presented with 361, rounding out the north-central West Virginia totals.

Counting the pediatric cases, 884 people across the state are currently in the hospital because of COVID and its complications, the DHHR said.

Between Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, the time the DHHR updates its daily reports, another 26 West Virginians were reported dead from the coronavirus.

A 39-year-old Kanawha County woman is the youngest of the most-recent victims.

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