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West Virginia said past Delta peak, but deaths expected to continue

By Charles Boothe, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With 110 more COVID deaths reported between Wednesday and Friday and pushing the total to 4,108, West Virginia may see that number rise more in the coming weeks.

Bill Crouch, Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary, said Friday during Gov. Jim Justice’s pandemic briefing that COVID deaths are going to continue for awhile.

Crouch said the state is past the peak of the Delta variant surge in terms of new cases, but the death toll from COVID-related causes will still rise for a month to five weeks.”

“They will drop (after that),” he said of the number of deaths, as the state has “plateaued” in the last few days as far as the number of COVID patients in hospitals, in ICUs and on ventilators are concerned.

“We have plateaued a little bit, and it will start dropping again.”

Crouch was referring to the numbers reaching record highs recently, but now gradually falling as the surge itself is declining…

To read more: https://www.bdtonline.com/news/state-past-delta-peak-but-deaths-expected-to-continue/article_0c27e8ec-2e03-11ec-80b3-c3f2cf1f5dd1.html

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