Deadly week associated with COVID-19 continues in Mountain State

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — COVID-19 continues to claim lives this week in West Virginia which is shaping up to be one of the deadliest weeks since the pandemic began.

The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported Tuesday evening that three more state residents had died of the virus including a 77-year-old woman from Mercer County, an 87-year-old woman from Mercer County and a 60-year-old woman from Preston County. Earlier Tuesday the agency reported the deaths of a 47-year-old woman from Berkeley County and an 87-year-old woman from Wood County. Three deaths were reported Monday, those victims were also women.

The state now has 111 COVID-19 deaths.

“We are deeply saddened by this news, a loss to both the families and our state,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said.

The deaths in Mercer County come as the Princeton Health Care Center reports nearly three dozen active cases in connection with a recent outbreak.

The state ended Tuesday with a daily positive test rate of 3.18 percent and an overall positive test rate of 2.29 percent. Nearly 270,000 tests have been administered since March.

According to the DHHR, there are 1,581 active cases down 35 from Monday evening’s numbers. The number of people in the hospital has spiked to 94 with 37 patients in intensive care and 15 of those patients being treated on ventilators.

Total confirmed cases per county include: (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (29/0), Berkeley (605/22), Boone (68/0), Braxton (8/0), Brooke (51/1), Cabell (281/9), Calhoun (6/0), Clay (17/0), Doddridge (2/0), Fayette (122/0), Gilmer (14/0), Grant (46/1), Greenbrier (83/0), Hampshire (67/0), Hancock (87/5), Hardy (50/1), Harrison (168/1), Jackson (155/0), Jefferson (280/5), Kanawha (699/13), Lewis (24/1), Lincoln (52/2), Logan (98/0), Marion (155/4), Marshall (111/2), Mason (41/0), McDowell (18/1), Mercer (111/0), Mineral (99/2), Mingo (106/2), Monongalia (829/16), Monroe (18/1), Morgan (24/1), Nicholas (26/1), Ohio (241/0), Pendleton (30/1), Pleasants (6/1), Pocahontas (40/1), Preston (97/22), Putnam (152/1), Raleigh (138/4), Randolph (203/3), Ritchie (3/0), Roane (14/0), Summers (5/0), Taylor (39/1), Tucker (8/0), Tyler (11/0), Upshur (36/2), Wayne (176/2), Webster (3/0), Wetzel (40/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (218/11), Wyoming (17/0).

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