CHARLESTON, W.Va. – As of May 12, one million Americans have died from COVID-19. Following a proclamation from President Joe Biden, Gov. Jim Justice has issued a proclamation ordering all U.S. and West Virginia flags to half-staff.

This order begins immediately, according to a release from Gov. Justice, and continues until sunset on Monday, May 16, 2022, to remember the million American lives that have been lost.

West Virginia COVID Update

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported 527 new COVID cases and 7 additional deaths on May 12.

On Wednesday, 703 new COVID-19 cases and 4 additional deaths were confirmed.

The DHHR has reported 505,037 (+527) total cases and 6,893 (+7) total deaths. According to the DHHR dashboard, there are currently 1,496 (+171) active cases.

According to the new CDC guidelines, mask recommendations are based on each county’s COVID risk, numbers and hospitalizations.

Masks are no longer recommended in indoor public places in any county in West Virginia. Should COVID cases increase, the CDC will reevaluate the removal of mask recommendations.

DHHR has confirmed the death of a 74-year old male from Jefferson County. 

Included in the total deaths reported on the dashboard as a result of the Bureau for Public Health’s continuing data reconciliation with the official death certificate are a 69-year old male from Greenbrier County, a 98-year old male from Mercer County, an 87-year old female from Berkeley County, a 72-year old male from Wirt County, a 39-year old female from Wayne County, and a 49-year old male from Wayne County.  These deaths range from March through April 2022, with one death occurring in September 2021.

CURRENT ACTIVE CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (11), Berkeley (131), Boone (31), Braxton (2), Brooke (12), Cabell (85), Calhoun (1), Clay (1), Doddridge (5), Fayette (37), Gilmer (3), Grant (0), Greenbrier (95), Hampshire (5), Hancock (27), Hardy (7), Harrison (67), Jackson (5), Jefferson (83), Kanawha (132), Lewis (4), Lincoln (17), Logan (32), Marion (86), Marshall (18), Mason (15), McDowell (16), Mercer (38), Mineral (14), Mingo (4), Monongalia (103), Monroe (25), Morgan (7), Nicholas (17), Ohio (55), Pendleton (15), Pleasants (1), Pocahontas (2), Preston (20), Putnam (31), Raleigh (70), Randolph (16), Ritchie (1), Roane (3), Summers (11), Taylor (19), Tucker (4), Tyler (6), Upshur (28), Wayne (34), Webster (2), Wetzel (3), Wirt (1), Wood (28), Wyoming (10). 

According to the dashboard, 1,129,055 first doses of the vaccine have been administered to West Virginians, and 975,952 people, or 54.4% of West Virginians, have been fully vaccinated. The dashboard also reported that 480,790 boost doses have been administered.

West Virginians five and older are now eligible for the COVID vaccine. West Virginians who are 12 and over now qualify for the COVID booster vaccine, and at-risk people and people over 50 now qualify for a second COVID booster. To learn more about the vaccine or to find a vaccine site near you, visit or call 1-833-734-0965.

Free COVID-19 testing is available daily to all West Virginia residents. Click here to view the testing site map and location list. West Virginians may now register for their COVID-19 vaccination by clicking here.