CHARLESTON — Active cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus dropped about 170 from Monday to Tuesday mornings, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said Tuesday.
The department reported 1,233 active cases of the virus, down from 1,402 on Monday. Monday’s number was down from the 1,726 active cases reported on Friday.
Key in stopping or slowing the spread of the virus are vaccinations or boosters, particularly the latest omicron booster, Gov. Jim Justice said during Tuesday’s pandemic briefing.
“We can slow this down,” Justice said. “In fact, we can about stop the deaths.”
The transmission rate, the RT value, is below 1, said James Hoyer, who directs the interagency task force on vaccines. A transmission rate below 1 indicates the virus is on a downward trend.
State health experts had predicted the state would plateau in cases, he said.
“They’re dead on the money again,” Justice said.
Active cases in local counties on Tuesday (previous report) were: Calhoun, 1 (1); Doddridge, 1 (2); Gilmer, 1 (1); Jackson, 6 (12); Pleasants, 7 (13); Ritchie, 2 (4); Roane, 13 (11); Tyler, 2 (1); Wetzel, 11 (11); Wirt, 0 (2); and Wood, 46 (54).
No counties are in the orange or red zones of the County Alert System Map, the highest levels of infections and spreads.
Seventeen of the 55 counties are yellow, second lowest, and the remainder are green, the lowest.
Roane and Pleasants counties are the only yellow counties in this region.
Another six deaths from the virus have been confirmed in the 24-hour period between Monday and Tuesday mornings, raising the death count to 7,402 since the pandemic began.
The department confirmed the deaths of an 80-year-old man from Kanawha County, an 88-year-old woman from Boone County, an 87-year-old man from Boone County, a 75-year-old man from Hancock County, a 72-year-old man from Kanawha County and an 85-year-old woman from Putnam County.
“We are thankful for our healthcare professionals, support staff, and all on the front line who continue to do everything in their power to battle COVID-19,” said Secretary Bill J. Crouch. “Please help alleviate the stress on the healthcare system by getting vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 and the flu.”
Doses of the new Moderna bivalent booster vaccine for the omicron variants have been received by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department for ages 18 and older who have received their latest boosters at least two months ago, the agency announced on Monday. Individuals should receive their primary COVID vaccine series before getting the bivalent booster.
Hospitalizations dropped 20 to 230 on Tuesday. Thirty-seven patients were in intensive care units and 11 were on ventilators. Two pediatric hospitalizations were reported.