After doubling in number the previous week, Covid-19 cases dropped significantly and leveled off last week in Wyoming County. By Thursday, however, the numbers once again began to climb.

Worldwide, cases were doubling every two days due to the new omicron variant, which had already been confirmed in 36 states, including West Virginia. Officials noted that preliminary information indicates omicron produces less serious symptoms than previously feared.

The county remained in the orange category on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ color-coded alert map, indicating the second highest transmission rate.

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

There were 84 active cases in the county Thursday, down from 104 the previous week.

There were 53 new cases confirmed in the county last week, down from 67 the previous week, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

Of the new cases:

l 6 were in the 0-4 years age group (up from 2 the previous week);

• 5 in the 5-11 age group (down from 10);

• 1 in the 12-15 age group (down from 2);

• 3 in the 16-20 age group (down from 7);

• 8 in the 21-25 age group (up from 3);

• 5 in the 26-30 age group (down from 9);

• 9 in the 31-40 age group (up from 7);

• 6 in the 41-50 age group (down from 9);

• 4 in the 51-60 age group (down from 7);

• 3 in the 61-70 age group (down from 6);

• 3 in the 71 years and older group (down from 5 the previous week).

Since the pandemic began nearly two years ago, there have been 61,716 lab tests completed in the county; 3,842 cases have been confirmed with another 222 probable cases.

The county has lost 75 residents to the pandemic, according to state statistics.

Statewide, there were 8,737 active cases Thursday (down from 8,857 the previous week), with 623 hospitalized (up from 602 the previous week) across the state, 196 in ICU (down from 208 the previous week), and 117 on ventilators (down from 126 the previous week).

In Wyoming County, 11,132 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered. Just over 54 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. Individuals may now choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster.

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