CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state’s daily positive test rate for COVID-19 decreased by more than two percent Sunday while hospitalizations associated with the virus increased.
The state Department of Health and Human Resources listed the daily positive test rate Sunday at 2.07 percent. It was 4.22 Saturday. There were 4,568 tests added this weekend.
There are now 1,329 active cases and 2,819 recovered cases since the pandemic began. There were 523 positive cases added this week, the largest one week jump. There were 93 cases added Sunday.
The DHHR said Sunday evening there are now 62 people hospitalized in West Virginia with COVID-19, the highest number since April.
The agency said 22 of those patients are being treated in intensive care and eight are on ventilators. It’s the highest ICU beds since May 4. Deaths related to the virus remain at 96.
.@WV_DHHR reports as of 5:00 p.m., on July 12, 2020, there have been 207,595 total confirmatory laboratory results received for #COVID19, with 4,244 total cases and 96 deaths. #SaferAtHomeWVhttps://t.co/LFfvjM34gX pic.twitter.com/DJy3Pco9yr
— WV DHHR (@WV_DHHR) July 12, 2020
Monongalia County has seen the largest jump of active cases since July 1. The county added 12 more cases Sunday.
There were 351 new positive cases between July 1-10 in Monongalia County. The health department said the large majority, 265, were positive cases involving residents between the ages of 18-29.
Gov. Jim Justice may announce a return to several restrictions for the county during his media briefing set for Monday at 12:30 p.m. Justice said Friday he was watching the Monongalia County numbers closely. He said he was considering closing bars and pulling back provisions that allow 50 percent capacity indoor dining at restaurants.
— Mon Co. Health Dept (@WVMCHD) July 12, 2020
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department reported a 37 positive case rise between Friday and Sunday evening. The state’s largest county now has 95 active cases.
“This is an alarming trend that we’re monitoring very closely,” KCHD Executive Director Dr. Sherri Young said. “We encourage everyone to come out and get tested at our next testing event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Capital High School. Stay at home if you can. If you go out, remember to stay six feet away from other people, wear a mask and frequently wash your hands.”
Total confirmed cases per county include:
(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (19/0), Berkeley (514/19), Boone (33/0), Braxton (5/0), Brooke (26/1), Cabell (193/7), Calhoun (4/0), Clay (12/0), Fayette (81/0), Gilmer (13/0), Grant (19/1), Greenbrier (71/0), Hampshire (42/0), Hancock (39/3), Hardy (46/1), Harrison (122/0), Jackson (148/0), Jefferson (251/5), Kanawha (409/12), Lewis (23/1), Lincoln (9/0), Logan (40/0), Marion (108/3), Marshall (64/1), Mason (24/0), McDowell (8/0), Mercer (62/0), Mineral (66/2), Mingo (30/2), Monongalia (525/14), Monroe (14/1), Morgan (19/1), Nicholas (20/1), Ohio (148/0), Pendleton (15/1), Pleasants (4/1), Pocahontas (36/1), Preston (81/19), Putnam (88/1), Raleigh (77/3), Randolph (187/2), Ritchie (2/0), Roane (12/0), Summers (2/0), Taylor (22/1), Tucker (6/0), Tyler (10/0), Upshur (30/2), Wayne (123/1), Webster (1/0), Wetzel (36/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (176/9), Wyoming (7/0).