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Crouch exploring changes to DHHR COVID-19 dashboard

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources added 52 positive cases to the state’s numbers between Sunday morning’s and Monday morning’s report.

The state has now had 4,259 cases since the pandemic began. There are now 1,338 positive cases. There were 564 positive cases on June 1.

Bill Crouch

The DHHR dashboard said the daily positive test rate is 3.13 percent and the overall positive test rate after 208,000 tests is 2.05 percent. The rate of spread, also known as the Rt value, has West Virginia at 1.36, which is behind only Montana.

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 were at 63 at midday Monday. Deaths remain at 96.

State DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch told a group of state lawmakers Monday he believes the agency’s dashboard could provide more information.

“I’m looking at making several changes to the dashboard,” Crouch, who wore a mask during his presentation, said. “I believe the dashboard should only come out once a day. It should be a 5 o’clock release with all of the numbers included in it and include the number of additional positive cases in that day.”

Crouch said the additional positive cases per day is currently difficult to pull out because the dashboard is updated twice a day. He said there also should be a link to the Rt number on the state’s dashboard.

“We have tried since this started to be as open and transparent as possible and to provide all the information we can provide, as things have moved forward obviously what’s important changes,” Crouch told lawmakers.

Hospitalizations are becoming more and more important, Crouch said.

“I’m happy to include anything or consider anything on the dashboard as we consider changes here in the next couple of weeks.

Overall positive cases per county as of Monday morning included:

(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (19/0), Berkeley (514/19), Boone (34/0), Braxton (5/0), Brooke (26/1), Cabell (194/7), Calhoun (4/0), Clay (12/0), Fayette (82/0), 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 (417/12), 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 (526/14), Monroe (14/1), Morgan (19/1), Nicholas (20/1), Ohio (148/0), Pendleton (15/1), Pleasants (4/1), Pocahontas (36/1), Preston (82/19), Putnam (87/1), 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 (179/9), Wyoming (7/0).

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