CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported four additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in information released Saturday evening.
Two cases were confirmed in Marshall County, one case in Putnam County and an additional case in Mercer County bringing the overall number to 12.
The state Supreme Court reported Saturday evening at a judicial branch worker in Kanawha County has tested positive. The Court said it has contacted the family and offered any help that’s needed. It’s believed the worker lives in Putnam County.
The Court is also “working closely with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department to directly contact all co-workers who may have been in contact with the individual. The coworkers are being notified of all recommended health and safety protocols.”
The Kanawha County Commission announced Saturday evening the judicial building would be closed to the public effective immediately.
As of 6 p.m. Saturday, the DHHR said 397 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 12 positive, 385 negative and 1 test pending (at state lab).
“These numbers include positive and negative tests from the state’s public health lab, commercial labs and hospitals,” the DHHR said.
The cases have been confirmed in Jefferson (2), Marshall (2), Tucker (2), Mercer (2) and one each in Kanawha, Putnam, Jackson and Monongalia counties. The DHHR said all confirmed cases are travel related.
WVU Medicine President and CEO Albert Wright said Saturday during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” that WVU Medicine was very close to being able to do its own testing along with Charleston Area Medical Center.
The Kanawha County Commission and City of Charleston sent the DHHR a joint letter Saturday asking it keep the state lab open 24/7 for testing.