Steady jump in positive Covid 19 tests continues in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Active cases of Covid 19 in West Virginia increased by 84 from Friday night to Saturday. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported Saturday morning, 1,216 active cases of the corona virus in West Virginia.

The daily positive infection rate was 4.23 percent. The cumulative positive rate was 2.01 percent. Since the pandemic began, the state has recorded 3,963 positive cases and another 111 cases are considered probable for Covid 19. Out of those cases, 2,763 victims have recovered and 95 people have died of the virus in West Virginia.

Saturday’s numbers included 654 confirmatory lab test results and 45 daily anti-body lab tests. Since the start of the pandemic, 203,712 tests have been conducted in West Virginia.

Drive thru testing events are being staged again today in six counties including Marshall, Mercer, Monongalia, Preston, Upshur and Wayne Counties. Health officials reported a high number of people coming through those facilities to be tested.

Governor Jim Justice in his Friday Covid 19 briefing indicated without an improvement in the numbers through the weekend he may take additional action next week aimed at slowing the spread. Some of the actions could involve a partial shutdown of bars and restaurants again. The Governor indicated that was particularly the case in Monongalia County where the resurgence of the virus has been far and away at the highest level in the state in recent days.

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