COVID-19 deaths now at 78

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources says there have now been 78 COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia.

The latest is from Berkeley County where a 70-year-old woman has died. The death was reported by the state Department of health and Human Resources Tuesday evening. The agency reported the death of a 52-year-old Kanawha County man Tuesday morning.

“It is with great sadness, that we announce another life lost to COVID-19,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said.

Gov. Jim Justice said the overall numbers of COVID-19 cases in West Virginia continue to move in the right direction but he said adding to the death numbers is upsetting.

“I just don’t know what to say,” Justice said during his Tuesday media briefing at the state capitol. “Every state continues to just lose and lose and lose individuals.”

The latest death total in the U.S. is near 106,000, 30,000 of those from the state of New York.

The death recorded Tuesday in Kanawha County was the 19th since the pandemic began. The Berkeley County death was that county’s 7th death.

According to case number information released by the DHHR Tuesday evening, the state’s overall positive test rate is just over 2 percent of all tests given.The daily confirmed case rate is 0.71 percent.

The state has had 2,056 confirmed cases in the last three months out of more than 102,298 tests.

Confirmed cases per county include:

(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (9/0), Berkeley (308/11), Boone (9/0), Braxton (2/0), Brooke (4/1), Cabell (65/2), Calhoun (2/0), Clay (5/0), Fayette (50/0), Gilmer (10/0), Grant (11/1), Greenbrier (9/0), Hampshire (31/0), Hancock (17/2), Hardy (39/0), Harrison (39/1), Jackson (137/0), Jefferson (192/5), Kanawha (228/2), Lewis (9/0), Lincoln (5/0), Logan (17/0), Marion (50/1), Marshall (30/0), Mason (15/0), McDowell (6/0), Mercer (13/0), Mineral (45/2), Mingo (5/2), Monongalia (126/11), Monroe (7/1), Morgan (18/1), Nicholas (8/0), Ohio (42/0), Pendleton (11/2), Pleasants (3/1), Pocahontas (20/1), Preston (19/5), Putnam (36/1), Raleigh (15/1), Randolph (131/0), Ritchie (1/0), Roane (9/0), Summers (1/0), Taylor (8/1), Tucker (4/0), Tyler (3/0), Upshur (6/1), Wayne (102/0), Wetzel (9/0), Wirt (4/0), Wood (50/3), Wyoming (2/0).

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