Two-day testing events result in 5,800 tested; COVID-19 death reported in Ohio County

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources said nearly 5,800 people were administered COVID-19 tests in two days of testing in six different counties.

Monongalia County reported the most tests given during the Friday-Saturday events with 2,955 tests. The county has produced the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state since July 1. Gov. Jim Justice said Friday he would be watching the numbers over the weekend to determine if restrictions would be needed for the county which could include the closing of bars and no longer allowing indoor dining at restaurants.

The DHHR said 807 tests were recorded Friday and Saturday in Marshall County, 262 in Mercer County, 730 in Preston County, 301 in Wayne County and 771 in Upshur County.

The test results are expected back within a few days.

The DHHR reported the 96th COVID-19 related death since the pandemic began Saturday evening. The 68-year-old woman lived in Ohio County.

“It is with great sadness that we report the loss of this West Virginian and send condolences to her family,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said. 

County health departments around the state added 72 positive cases to the state’s overall numbers between Saturday morning and Saturday evening. The state now has 1,252 active cases. A week ago, on July 4, there were 693 active cases. The state’s daily positive test rate Saturday evening was 4.12 percent. It’s overall test rate is 2.02 percent, the highest since June 1.  There remain 56 people in the hospital statewide.

Overall cases per county include:

(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (19/0), Berkeley (512/19), Boone (33/0), Braxton (5/0), Brooke (23/1), Cabell (192/6), Calhoun (4/0), Clay (12/0), Fayette (79/0), Gilmer (13/0), Grant (18/1), Greenbrier (71/0), Hampshire (42/0), Hancock (38/3), Hardy (45/1), Harrison (115/0), Jackson (148/0), Jefferson (248/5), Kanawha (398/12), Lewis (21/1), Lincoln (9/0), Logan (36/0), Marion (105/3), Marshall (62/1), Mason (24/0), McDowell (8/0), Mercer (62/0), Mineral (63/2), Mingo (28/2), Monongalia (510/14), Monroe (14/1), Morgan (19/1), Nicholas (20/1), Ohio (140/0), Pendleton (15/1), Pleasants (4/1), Pocahontas (36/1), Preston (77/16), Putnam (85/1), Raleigh (73/3), Randolph (185/2), Ritchie (2/0), Roane (12/0), Summers (2/0), Taylor (22/1), Tucker (6/0), Tyler (10/0), Upshur (24/1), Wayne (123/1), Webster (1/0), Wetzel (34/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (175/9), Wyoming (7/0).


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