PARKERSBURG – COVID-related hospitalizations in West Virginia topped 800 on Monday, the first time since October.
The Department of Health and Human Resources reported that 815 people had been hospitalized with complications from the coronavirus, of which 619 were unvaccinated.
The last time hospitalizations exceeded 800 was 806 on October 14. The highest number of admissions during the pandemic was 1,012 on September 24.
State health officials warn that another increase, this time possibly caused by the more infectious omicron variant, will put a strain on hospitals, especially for staff reasons, and impact patients. procedures and care for non-COVID patients. Eight cases of omicron were reported in Wood County on Monday, three more than Sunday, and two in Jackson, one more than Sunday.
Hospitalizations jumped by 37 from Sunday to Monday when 778 people were reported, according to the state.
The department also reported on Monday that 224 people were in an intensive care unit, 16 more than Sunday, 185 of them unvaccinated and 133 patients on ventilators, up from 115 on Sunday, of which 121 were unvaccinated.
Additionally, statistics of active COVID-19 cases 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 on Monday morning was 15,124. That means more people came off active case lists than the 2,289 new cases received.
The criteria for an active case have changed, with the duration reduced from 10 days to five days based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An asymptomatic individual can be released from quarantine after five days but must remain masked for an additional five days.
The number of active cases on Friday was 13,980.
Wood County has seen a similar top-to-bottom trajectory. Registering 596 active cases on Friday and 727 on Sunday, the county had 666 on Monday, the DHHR reported.
Active cases in other counties in the region on Monday (Sunday) were: Calhoun, 34 (31); Doddridge, 18 (17); Gilmer, 25 (27); Jackson, 75 (93); Pleasant, 47 (54); Ritchie, 44 (52); Roane, 72 (67); Tyler, 39 (37); Wetzel, 111 (107); Wirt, 20 (22).
The state has reported 24 other deaths attributed to COVID-19, including a 72-year-old man from Wood County. The youngest person 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 due to this pandemic. Our sympathies and our thoughts go out to these families ”, DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said. “Please choose vaccination to avoid spread and disease. “
The county alert system map, which measures the level of viral spread based on the lowest of new cases per 100,000 people in a given time period or the percentage of positive tests, was not available on Monday morning and afternoon due to technical issues.
Immunization information for West Virginia aged 5 and older, as well as booster shots for those 12 and older, is available online at vaccinate.wv.gov or by calling 1-833-734- 0965.
Free COVID test sites are available online at tinyurl.com/b7tavbyh.