DHHR adds 61 COVID-19 cases to state total

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources added 61 positive COVID-19 cases and one death to the state’s numbers Saturday.

The DHHR said active cases are currently at 693 with recovered cases at 2,418. The agency confirmed the state’s 94th death Saturday, an 89-year-old woman from Greenbrier County.

“On this Independence Day, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of another West Virginian,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said.

The state is now reporting a cumulative test rate of 1.75 percent and a daily rate of 2.34 percent. Currently hospitalizations are at 35, the highest number of patients since 38 were in the hospital on June 12. Fifteen patients in ICU is the highest since 22 were in ICU on May 4.

The Kanawha County Commission reported Saturday one of its workers recently tested positive for COVID-19. Other county workers who’ve had contact with the employee are being tested and so far there are no additional cases. Those with close contact will self-quarantine for 14 days.

“The safety of our employees and the public is a priority.  We felt it was important to expedite testing of our employees and would like to thank the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and CAMC for making this happen.  Our thoughts are with our employee who tested positive,” Commission President Kent Carper said.

Confirmed cases since the pandemic began both recovered and active:

(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (15/0), Berkeley (460/18), Boone (23/0), Braxton (3/0), Brooke (9/1), Cabell (147/6), Calhoun (2/0), Clay (10/0), Fayette (67/0), Gilmer (13/0), Grant (15/1), Greenbrier (63/0), Hampshire (42/0), Hancock (23/3), Hardy (44/1), Harrison (70/0), Jackson (143/0), Jefferson (236/5), Kanawha (327/9), Lewis (19/1), Lincoln (8/0), Logan (26/0), Marion (67/3), Marshall (41/1), Mason (20/0), McDowell (6/0), Mercer (48/0), Mineral (55/2), Mingo (20/3), Monongalia (216/14), Monroe (14/1), Morgan (19/1), Nicholas (13/1), Ohio (104/1), Pendleton (12/1), Pleasants (4/1), Pocahontas (30/1), Preston (70/16), Putnam (63/1), Raleigh (55/1), Randolph (167/2), Ritchie (2/0), Roane (11/0), Summers (2/0), Taylor (17/1), Tucker (6/0), Tyler (4/0), Upshur (20/1), Wayne (114/1), Wetzel (12/0), Wirt (4/0), Wood (111/8), Wyoming (7/0).

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