Wyoming County’s confirmed Covid-19 cases climbed steadily last week – jumping by 40 new cases during the week.

Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday that in the time since his previous Covid-19 briefing five days earlier, the number of Omicron variant cases in West Virginia had jumped from three to 18.

“These numbers aren’t big yet, but it’s a big increase in just a few days,” Justice noted. “We really haven’t seen Omicron in West Virginia yet, but we know it’s sweeping across the nation right now.”

More than 500,000 cases were identified across the U.S. on Monday alone, the governor said Tuesday.

“If we had 500,000 new cases in one day, who knows where we’re going with this,” Justice said.

“Hear me when I say you need to be vaccinated so badly, and if you’ve already been vaccinated, you need to have your booster shot.

“This thing will surely skyrocket in West Virginia. You have to protect yourself.”

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The county returned to the red category on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ color-coded alert map, indicating the highest transmission rate.

The map uses five colors – green, being the lowest infection rate; then yellow, gold, orange, and finally red, being the highest rate of infection.

There were 133 active cases in the county Wednesday, up from 93 the previous week.

There were 109 new cases confirmed in the county last week, up from 76 the previous week, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

Of the new cases:

l 4 were in the 0-4 years age group (no change from the previous week);

l 21 in the 5-11 age group (up from 14);

l 8 in the 12-15 age group (no change);

l 2 in the 16-20 age group (down from 6);

l 5 in the 21-25 age group (down from 8);

l 10 in the 26-30 age group (up from 1);

l 15 in the 31-40 age group (up from 9);

l 7 in the 41-50 age group (down from 8);

l 16 in the 51-60 age group (up from 10);

l 9 in the 61-70 age group (up from 2);

l 12 in the 71 years and older group (up from 6 the previous week).

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Since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, there have been 63,491 lab tests completed in the county; 4,020 cases confirmed with another 216 probable cases.

The county has lost 76 residents to the pandemic, according to state statistics.

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Statewide, there were 9,478 active cases Wednesday (up from 8,727 the previous week), with 635 hospitalized (down from 574 the previous week) across the state, 194 in ICU (down from 206 the previous week), and 101 on ventilators (down from 110 the previous week).

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In Wyoming County, 11,272 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered. Just over 55 percent of county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the state statistics.

Vaccines are now available at no cost to all West Virginia residents ages 5 and older.

West Virginians ages 5-11 are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine.

Vaccine booster doses are also available for all residents ages 18 and older.

A booster dose is recommended if at least six months has passed since the initial two-dose series of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines or if at least two months has passed since the initial one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.

West Virginians can go to any location offering Covid-19 vaccines with their vaccination card to receive a booster.

If your card is lost, you can request a new one from the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources.

West Virginians interested in being vaccinated or having their children vaccinated visit Vaccinate.wv.gov or phone the W.Va. Vaccine Info Line at 1-833-734-0965.

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