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BOONE COUNTY — According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ COVID-19 dashboard on Sept. 4, Boone County was in a red status, with neighboring Lincoln and Logan counties in orange.

The delta variant of COVID-19 was detected in Boone County, according to a Facebook post by the Boone County Health Department on Aug. 14.

For Boone County, a seven-day glimpse at the numbers shows active cases peaking at 242 on Sept. 3, with 145 active cases reported on Aug. 28.

The 7-day percent positivity rate stood at 8.53% at the start of the week and rose to 9.77% by Friday.

On Friday, Boone County’s infection rate stood at 77.90%.

Ages 44-50 led in active cases at 14.78% and age group tested the most.

According to the dashboard, since March 2020, Boone County has had 2,245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and an additional 287 probable cases with 37 deaths recorded — including one within the last seven days.

Aged 71 and over represent the largest vaccinated group in the county at 81% with overall 54% of females in the county vaccinated and 46% of males taking a vaccine.

Since Dec. 14, 2020, Boone County residents aged 61-70 led the way in breakthrough cases with seven and ages 41-50 led the way with 271 not fully vaccinated cases.

In reference to breakthrough cases, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness. Some fully vaccinated people will get sick, and some will even be hospitalized or die from COVID-19. However, there is evidence that vaccination may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick. The risk of infection, hospitalization, and death are all much lower in vaccinated compared to unvaccinated people.”

Boone residents can access immediate updates coupled with free vaccination opportunities and COVID-19 testing locations by checking the Boone County Health Department Facebook page.

The dashboard can be viewed at dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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