By Shawn Stinson
FRANKLIN – The number of new coronavirus cases in the county increased by three according to Pendleton County Health Department officials.
There have been 1,992 total coronavirus cases reported in the county since the start of the pandemic in Pendleton County. There have been three new cases reported since March 7 in the county. Officials have announced 17 deaths associated with the coronavirus in the county.
Pendleton County was listed as a green county on the March 14 update on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources coronavirus website. Pendleton was one of 53 counties listed as green on the latest map update. Ritchie County was the only yellow county in the state. Webster County was listed as gold on the March 14 update.
State officials utilize two indicators to determine a county’s color on the map – positivity rate and infection rate. Pendleton’s positivity rate on March 12, 13 and 14 updates were in the green level at 0.77, 0.78 and 0.8, respectively. The county’s infection rate remained in the yellow range in those updates at 14.35, 28.7 and 28.7, respectively.
The WVDHHR coronavirus website lists 27 cases of the Delta variant and one case of the Omicron variant in a county resident since the start of the pandemic.
The number of breakthrough cases reported in the county increased to 246. Officials have listed one breakthrough death in a county resident since the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. A breakthrough case is defined as a positive test result in an individual who is deemed as fully vaccinated by health officials.