The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports that, as of March 24, there have been 2,382,655 total confirmatory laboratory results received for Covid-19, with 138,818 cases and 2,619 deaths.

The DHHR on Wednesday confirmed the deaths of an 89-year-old man from Cabell County, a 69-year-old Barbour County man, an 80-year-old Harrison County man, a 56-year-old woman from Jefferson County, a 76-year-old Kanawha County man, and a 53-year-old Monroe County man.

"With a heavy heart, we share this solemn news of more lives lost to this pandemic," said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR cabinet secretary. "We extend our sympathies to the families affected."

Cases per county through Wednesday were: Barbour (1,312), Berkeley (10,329), Boone (1,712), Braxton (824), Brooke (2,049), Cabell (8,246), Calhoun (238), Clay (386), Doddridge (509), Fayette (2,901), Gilmer (728), Grant (1,155), Greenbrier (2,468), Hampshire (1,591), Hancock (2,613), Hardy (1,355), Harrison (5,072), Jackson (1,742), Jefferson (3,884), Kanawha (12,706), Lewis (1,080), Lincoln (1,336), Logan (2,912), Marion (3,862), Marshall (3,153), Mason (1,843), McDowell (1,405), Mercer (4,344), Mineral (2,621), Mingo (2,261), Monongalia (8,494), Monroe (1,004), Morgan (975), Nicholas (1,348), Ohio (3,774), Pendleton (643), Pleasants (817), Pocahontas (609), Preston (2,675), Putnam (4,450), Raleigh (5,232), Randolph (2,443), Ritchie (636), Roane (511), Summers (718), Taylor (1,132), Tucker (513), Tyler (655), Upshur (1,754), Wayne (2,705), Webster (426), Wetzel (1,141), Wirt (367), Wood (7,359) and Wyoming (1,800).

On Tuesday, the DHHR confirmed the death of an 83-year-old man from Wood County.

On March 22, the DHHR confirmed the deaths of an 86-year-old Cabell County man, a 68-year-old Putnam County man, an 81-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 65-year-old Kanawha County woman, a 71-year-old Putnam County man, and a 64-year-old Upshur County man.

The agency on March 21 revealed the deaths of an 84-year-old woman from Putnam County, a 71-year-old Kanawha County woman, an 84-year-old Berkeley County man, a 92-year-old Wood County man, a 71-year-old Kanawha County man, and a 73-year-old Boone County man.

On March 19, the DHHR confirmed the deaths of a 67-year-old Mercer County man, a 61-year-old Monongalia County man, a 75-year-old Hampshire County man, a 75-year-old Jackson County man, a 54-year-old Lewis County woman, a 78-year-old Raleigh County woman, a 72-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 59-year-old Kanawha County man, a 69-year-old Wood County man, and an 86-year-old Lincoln County man.

On March 18, the deaths of a 57-year-old woman from Jefferson County, a 54-year-old Boone County woman, an 81-year-old Webster County man, a 95-year-old Hancock County woman, and a 50-year-old Brooke County man were revealed.

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The Fayette County Health Department and its partners vaccinated 930 people on Thursday, March 18 at the Lewis Christian Community Center in Oak Hill and 370 more on Friday, March 19 at the Gateway Center in Smithers.

Another vaccination clinic for all ages is planned for Saturday, March 27 at Valley PK-8 in Smithers, but it is already full. Call 304-574-8008 to schedule a future appointment.

West Virginians may pre-register for their Covid-19 vaccination at

The FCHD is poised to deliver Johnson and Johnson vaccines via a mobile unit, said Dr. Anita Stewart, the county health officer.

"And we're also (delivering) homebound doses and really working hard to work through our list to get folks that have signed up to be vaccinated from our most vulnerable on down," Stewart said.

The FCHD and its various partners are also involved in enhanced Covid-19 testing this week to combat increased case numbers.

Rainelle Medical Center will conduct testing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Midland Trail High School Wellness Center.

Also, testing will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center in Mount Hope on Thursday. Testing will be in that time frame at the Ruby Center on the following Tuesday, March 30, as well.

The New River Health Association is testing daily at its Scarbro location from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Walgreen's is testing. Testing also happens from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Fayette County Health Department.

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Fayette County was gold and Kanawha County yellow on Wednesday's daily county alert system map released by the DHHR.

Fayette had percent positivity of 4.83 and an infection rate of 27.62.

Kanawha had percent positivity of 3.86 and an infection rate of 16.6.

Fayette County had 89 Covid-19 cases and no deaths in the seven-day period through Wednesday morning.

There were 283 active cases in Fayette on Tuesday, March 23.

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The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department announced Monday there are 12,817 total Covid-19 cases in Kanawha County, which was an increase of 28 cases since Sunday. Of those cases, 10,887 are confirmed cases and 1,930 are probable cases.

Active cases had dipped to 476. Recovered cases stood at 12,046.

The death of a 76-year-old man brought the total number of deaths in Kanawha County to 295.

Also, 2,822 people were vaccinated at a Kanawha clinic over the weekend.

— Steve Keenan

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