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Flu Season Arrives Earlier Than Expected in West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. – Flu season hit West Virginia much earlier compared to the last six years, according to state health officials.

“Patients seeking outpatient care for flu-like symptoms in West Virginia are at 3.92 percent, signaling the start of flu season here,” said Shannon McBee, a state epidemiologist with the West Virginia Office of Public Services. West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services. Health.

West Virginia doesn’t typically peak with flu cases until mid-February.

“For us, seeing so many flu cases this early, I think we’re in for a tough season,” McBee said.

There are a number of reasons why flu cases are on the rise.

“It is likely that we are seeing many cases of influenza at this time so early because fewer people have been vaccinated in recent years. We also have this immunity gap that’s happening with the pandemic,” McBee said.

People have been indoors taking precautions and wearing masks, so many people, especially children under the age of 4, have not been exposed to many of the common seasonal respiratory viruses that we are normally exposed to each year.

About 4.6 percent of all emergency department and urgent care visits in West Virginia last week had influenza listed as a diagnosis, according to the DHHR.

counting covid-19

The latest numbers as of Monday, November 7, 2022:

West Virginia

Covid cases 609,944

Deaths 7,536

Source: DHHR

USA

Cases 97,780,182

Deaths 1,072,724

Source: CSSE

World

Cases 632,876,709

Deaths 6,601,422

Source: CSSE

Vaccinations WVa

1st shot 1,158,454

Fully vaccinated 1,001,467

Source: DHHR

Covid numbers improve over the weekend in the state

Active Covid cases were back below 1,000 in the state’s Monday pandemic report and the state’s positive test rate had fallen below 5 percent, topped by just two deaths in the last three days since the Friday morning report.

By any measure, Monday’s report from the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) was encouraging.

The positive test rate fell to 4.15 percent, going below 5 percent for the second day in a row and touching a low not reached since April 29 when it was at 3.96 percent.

Active covid cases had risen to 1,111 on Friday before falling back to 926 on Sunday.

Hospitalizations rose to 141 on Monday morning from 137 on Sunday, but well below the 167 recorded on Nov. 1, a week ago.

In its daily report, DHHR confirmed the deaths of a 48-year-old woman from Kanawha County and an 84-year-old man from Kanawha County.

Fewer blacks and Hispanics receiving covid medications

ATLANTA — Dramatically fewer black and Hispanic adult outpatients received the main antiviral drug for COVID-19 than whites and non-Hispanics, even when medical professionals knew they were less likely to receive equivalent treatment due to pervasive racial and ethnic disparities. for a long time.

The researchers studied those disparities in outpatient treatment of 692,570 adult outpatients across the country in the weeks of April through July 2022 and reported their findings in a recent weekly MMWR from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In particular, the study focused on how Paxlovid was prescribed to racial and ethnic groups, the preferred treatment for high-risk patients.

The study was conducted months after medical and public health professionals expressed concern that black and Hispanic patients with Covid-19 would not receive medical care equivalent to that received by white and non-Hispanic patients. The researchers said they hoped their findings would result in expanded programs to increase awareness and access to available outpatient treatment for Covid-19.

“I’m sorry to say I wasn’t surprised,” said Daniel Dawes, executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and author of “The Political Determinants of Health.”

Paxlovid is the most commonly prescribed outpatient covid-19 treatment for those who are at high risk of severe illness. The series of pills can be taken at home after a person tests positive, within five days of the start of symptoms.

Tribune news service

PAAC holding a Covid clinic on the Concord campus

Charleston, W.Va. – The Association of African American Churches (PAAC) Covid-19 Surge Testing Team will host a free Covid-19 testing and vaccination clinic on Wednesday 9 November in Athens.

The clinic will take place on the Concord University campus. All tests and immunizations will be done on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Free Covid-19 tests, vaccinations and booster shots are available to everyone in the community. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for ages 5 and older will be available. All children under the age of 18 who wish to be vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Insurance is not required. Covid-19 rapid test is available. We now offer booster shots from Pfizer and Omicron.

For more information visit www.paac2.org or call 304-741-7157.

South Dakota man dies in crash in Nicholas County

canvas, w. goes. – A South Dakota man was killed in a pickup truck accident in Nicholas County on Friday morning.

According to a news release Monday afternoon from the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department, Austin Petrey, 24, of Bristol, South Dakota, lost control of his truck heading west on State Route 39. near Canvas.

Deputies said the truck went off the road and crashed. Petrey was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. Friday.

Metropolitan News

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