UPDATED: COVID-19 ROARING: CALHOUN HAS OVER 100 ACTIVE CASES, 61 NEW CASES IN FOUR DAYS - Considerable Number Calhoun School Children Have COVID, Calhoun Has Low Vaccination Rate


Calhoun has 61 new COVID-19 cases during the past four days, with some reports indicating few are wearing masks in public and the county has a low vaccination rate.

WVDHHR is confirming that most new cases, seven day average, are among children, with 29.8 percent age 5-11 and 12.9% age 12-15.

According To first person and unconfirmed reports, a considerable number of Calhoun school children have COVID, spanning a number of grades.

Attendance to in-person school to Arnoldsburg and Calhoun Middle-High School was way down Wednesday.

Calhoun Schools has confirmed at least four teachers/service personnel have COVID-19 at Pleasant Hill Elementary, the school closed for remote learning.

Calhoun Schools, last week went to masking.


Last week, Calhoun had a record high number of active cases at 38, with 99 new cases during the past eleven days. There are a number of other individuals from Calhoun with the active disease not in these numbers, the total number of cases likely over 100.

Some are hospitalized and in ICU, including a number of young people suffering from the disease.

In Calhoun. 44.4 percent of the population over 12 are vaccinated.

Gov. Justice said there are currently 46 outbreaks in 24 counties. Twenty-six of the state’s 55 school districts have mandated masks for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Health officials in Kanawha County, which has about 1,000 cases, said 98% of their cases have not been vaccinated.

West Virginia health officials reported 22 new COVID-19 deaths Wednesday over the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus hospitalizations in West Virginia are heading toward record levels for the pandemic.

While Gov. Jim Justice ordered and lifted a mask mandate earlier in the pandemic, he has declined to do so with cases skyrocketing in WV. Several US governors have been opposed to masking, and in those states the cases are at all-time highs.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported 1,466 new positive cases. Active cases were 17,664 Wednesday.

Thirty-seven West Virginia counties in red on latest alert map.

The most recent deaths raise the total to 3,106.

The state’s daily positive test rate was 9.54%, while the overall positive test rate as 5.22%.

Hospitalizations were at 647 for COVID patients, including 202 in intensive care and 102 on ventilators.

Data shows that 0.59% of fully vaccinated residents have tested positive for COVID-19, while 0.008% of those vaccinated residents have died.

The DHHR said 6,532 West Virginians who were fully vaccinated have received an additional dose. As of Tuesday, 62.6% of the state’s eligible population has received at least one dose of the vaccine

. COVID-19 Delta variant cases were up to 1,114, likely under-reported

Following are the latest county virus numbers: Barbour (1,994), Berkeley (14,565), Boone (2,469), Braxton (1,250), Brooke (2,436), Cabell (10,589), Calhoun (523), Clay (714), Doddridge (719), Fayette (4,210), Gilmer (1,012), Grant (1,462), Greenbrier (3,431), Hampshire (2,174), Hancock (3,081), Hardy (1,786), Harrison (7,181), Jackson (2,578), Jefferson (5,314), Kanawha (18,006), Lewis (1,771), Lincoln (1,888), Logan (3,800), Marion (5,384), Marshall (4,096), Mason (2,504), McDowell (1,951), Mercer (6,134), Mineral (3,299), Mingo (3,215), Monongalia (10,289), Monroe (1,541), Morgan (1,450), Nicholas (2,315), Ohio (4,896), Pendleton (828), Pleasants (1,063), Pocahontas (803), Preston (3,286), Putnam (6,179), Raleigh (8,249), Randolph (3,629), Ritchie (878), Roane (857), Summers (991), Taylor (1,549), Tucker (676), Tyler (957), Upshur (2,669), Wayne (3,797), Webster (730), Wetzel (1,773), Wirt (530), Wood (9,171), Wyoming (2,514).