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Virus cases decline, West Virginia debuts vaccine portal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Coronavirus cases and deaths in West Virginia trended downward last week as vaccinations continue apace.

The 4,090 confirmed virus cases last week were the lowest since early November.

The 119 virus-related deaths recorded last week in the state were a 41% drop from the previous week.

West Virginia is debuting an online portal for residents to register for coronavirus vaccine appointments.

Gov. Jim Justice says the new system launches Monday and will help streamline vaccination efforts statewide.

The new website comes after complaints of long wait times to book a shot.

About 9.3% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose.

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