CHARLESTON — Eighteen circumstances of the omicron variant have now been detected in West Virginia, in response to the most recent statistics Division of Well being and Human Sources.
None are on this area and half of the circumstances, 9, have been present in Berkeley County within the Jap Panhandle, in response to the division.
The omicron mutation of the unique COVID-19 virus is taken into account extra contagious than the delta, which is also extra contagious than the unique.
Omicron has been present in six counties, Berkeley, Fayette, Harrison, Kanawha, Marion and Monongalia counties. With 9 circumstances in Berkeley, 5 are in Monongalia and one every within the different counties.
Whereas the omicron surge has but to achieve West Virginia, omicron circumstances will enormously improve in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice stated in an ominous warning to residents.
“It would certainly skyrocket earlier than that is over,” Justice stated.
One other warning is there was a rise within the variety of younger kids hospitalized with the omicron mutation across the nation, about 35 %, Dr. Clay Marsh, coronavirus chief in West Virginia, stated.
“In some locations like Washington, D.C., about half of the kids going right into a hospital truly are testing optimistic for the omicron variant,” he stated.
Deaths from the virus for the reason that pandemic started have been at 5,305 residents in West Virginia, 4,206 occurring after vaccinations began. Of the 4,206 deaths, solely 436 have been of vaccinated residents, known as breakthrough circumstances.
Eighteen extra residents died within the 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Deaths have been confirmed in Marshall, Hampshire, Kanawha, Monongalia, Harrison, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Barbour, Hardy, Harrison, Fayette, Cabell, Tucker, Monongalia and Clay counties.
“That is an extremely troublesome time for the households and associates of those West Virginians, particularly in the course of the vacation season. We provide our sympathies to every particular person related to those people,” stated Invoice J. Crouch, DHHR Cupboard Secretary. “Please honor these households by defending your self and others with the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The division additionally adjusted the depend over a 43-year-old girl in Marion County that was beforehand reported. The report was a replica, lowering the depend by one.
Energetic circumstances additionally elevated by 874 from Tuesday to Wednesday morning, from 8,604 to 9,478. Energetic circumstances have been trending upward with the pandemic excessive set at 29,744 on Sept. 16.
Regionally, 281 energetic circumstances have been reported in Wooden County the place the pandemic excessive was greater than 1,500 in mid-September. Twenty-two circumstances have been reported in Wirt County, 65 in Wetzel, 24 in Tyler, 50 in Roane, 31 in Ritchie, 27 in Pleasants, 93 in Jackson, 42 in Gilmer, 20 in Doddridge and 28 in Calhoun.
Wooden and Jackson counties stay the one crimson counties within the area on the County Alert System Map. Purple is the best stage based mostly on an infection charges.
Twenty-six counties are crimson in West Virginia.
Wirt, Tyler, Wetzel, Ritchie and Roane counties are orange, second highest. Pleasants and Doddridge are yellow, second lowest. Gilmer is inexperienced, lowest stage of alert.
Three counties are inexperienced.
Hospitalizations have been at 634 on Wednesday, of which 509 sufferers are unvaccinated. Of the 190 sufferers in an intensive care unit, 162 are unvaccinated. Of the 105 on ventilators, 93 are unvaccinated.