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Gov. Justice | ‘Our map, for all practical purposes, is completely red, orange’

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Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 12:45 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of January 21, 2022, there are currently 16,742 active COVID-19 cases statewide.

There have been 19 deaths reported since the last report, with a total of 5,609 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

DHHR has confirmed the deaths of 77-year old male from Raleigh County, a 76-year old female from Raleigh County, a 94-year old male from Barbour County, a 76-year old female from Marion County, a 61-year old female from Kanawha County, a 76-year old female from Preston County, an 85-year old female from Kanawha County, an 80-year old female from Calhoun County, a 61-year old female from Berkeley County, a 76-year old male from Kanawha County, a 91-year old female from Monongalia County, a 66-year old male from Greenbrier County, a 53-year old female from Barbour County, an 86-year old female from Kanawha County, a 70-year old male from Boone County, an 87-year old female from Marion County, an 84-year old female from Berkeley County, a 55-year old female from Berkeley County, and a 79-year old male from Hancock County.

Of West Virginia’s 55 counties, 39 counties are color-coded red on the state’s County Alert System map, indicating a high transmission rate. 15 counties are color-coded orange and one is color-coded yellow.

“Our map, for all practical purposes, is completely red and orange. I can’t recall seeing it any worse than that,” Gov. Justice said Friday during his virtual press conference. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at that map and say, ‘If I’m not boosted, I need to go get my booster shot.’ Because it doesn’t look good.”

Additionally, Gov. Justice provided another update on the West Virginia National Guard’s mission to provide staffing support to hospitals throughout the state.

As of Friday morning, 121 Guard members have been authorized to deploy to 16 facilities across West Virginia.

”Our National Guard has stepped up and they have absolutely been assisting in our understaffed hospitals and helping us every day,” Gov. Justice said. “We thank these men and women for all they do for our great state.”

According to the WV DHHR, 12,617 cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant and 715 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported.

As of Friday, 980 COVID-19 positive West Virginians are in the hospital, 228 have been admitted to the hospital and 131 are on ventilators.

Currently, there are 17 pediatric in the hospital and one in the ICU, DHHR data shows.

384,780 West Virginians have recovered from COVID-19 complications.

West Virginians ages 5 years and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Boosters are also available for those 12 and older. To learn more about the vaccine, or to find a vaccine site near you, visit vaccinate.wv.gov or call 1-833-734-0965.

Of the eligible population, 64 percent has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 55 percent of the same population is fully vaccine and 360,240 people have received a booster dose.

Also on Friday, Gov. Justice offered a reminder to all West Virginians that the federal government is now offering every household in America four free at-home COVID-19 tests.

”Please take advantage of this opportunity to get yourself some free tests for your home and use them if you or your family feel sick,” Gov. Justice said. “The more we test, the more we know. And the more we know, the better we can react.”

To get your free at-home COVID tests, visit COVIDtests.gov.

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (142), Berkeley (1,037), Boone (324), Braxton (80), Brooke (182), Cabell (1,026), Calhoun (47), Clay (86), Doddridge (40), Fayette (548), Gilmer (50), Grant (99), Greenbrier (288), Hampshire (176), Hancock (203), Hardy (169), Harrison (582), Jackson (146), Jefferson (494), Kanawha (1,561), Lewis (141), Lincoln (174), Logan (409), Marion (497), Marshall (365), Mason (158), McDowell (132), Mercer (549), Mineral (199), Mingo (244), Monongalia (825), Monroe (174), Morgan (135), Nicholas (274), Ohio (406), Pendleton (62), Pleasants (50), Pocahontas (36), Preston (241), Putnam (582), Raleigh (1,014), Randolph (345), Ritchie (58), Roane (129), Summers (96), Taylor (130), Tucker (20), Tyler (113), Upshur (176), Wayne (420), Webster (54), Wetzel (153), Wirt (64), Wood (629), Wyoming (408). To find the cumulative cases per county, please visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov and look on the Cumulative Summary tab which is sortable by county.

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