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HAMLIN — Active coronavirus cases have increased slightly in Lincoln, with the county remaining red on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources county alert map Thursday leading into the holiday weekend.

There were 98 active cases recorded as of Dec. 22.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the county has seen 2,795 confirmed cases, 661 probable cases and 54 deaths. Lincoln has also seen 175 cases of the delta variant.

Approximately 54 percent of Lincoln County residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 11,054 doses administered. Lincoln County has had 353 breakthrough cases, which has resulted in nine breakthrough deaths.

The Lincoln County Courthouse is requiring the use of masks or face coverings indefinitely due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Lincoln County Schools will require masks for all students and staff when Lincoln is in the red or orange on the county alert map.

HD Media reporter Nancy Peyton primarily covers news in Lincoln County.

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