Additional COVID-19 deaths reported in 2 counties; active cases down

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Deaths caused by COVID-19 in West Virginia climbed Friday, according to the daily report from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

Health department officials in Mingo and Pleasants counties reported three deaths Thursday afternoon.

The victims in Mingo County are identified as two men ages 66 and 73. The Mid-Ohio Health Department said an 81-year-old woman died in Pleasants County of the virus, representing the first victim in Pleasants County.

“We offer our deepest sympathies to the families as our state grieves more losses due to COVID-19,” DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said.

The three additional deaths would make 127 in the Mountain State since the pandemic started.

Confirmed cases increased by 156 in Friday’s report. The daily positive test rate is 2.66 with the overall positive test rate at 2.38 percent. The rate of virus spread number is .91, the 6th lowest in the country.

The state DHHR reports the number of active cases decreased by 27 over the past 24 hours at 1,796. The state said 180 active cases were converted to recovered cases Thursday.

Hospitalizations remained steady at 122 with 46 people in ICU and 14 patients on ventilators.

Overall confirmed cases per county include:

(Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (29/0), Berkeley (658/28), Boone (97/0), Braxton (8/0), Brooke (61/1), Cabell (364/9), Calhoun (6/0), Clay (17/1), Doddridge (5/0), Fayette (140/0), Gilmer (16/0), Grant (116/1), Greenbrier (91/0), Hampshire (76/0), Hancock (105/4), Hardy (57/1), Harrison (213/1), Jackson (162/0), Jefferson (288/6), Kanawha (885/13), Lewis (28/1), Lincoln (81/0), Logan (209/0), Marion (179/4), Marshall (126/4), Mason (54/0), McDowell (57/1), Mercer (177/0), Mineral (115/2), Mingo (156/2), Monongalia (918/17), Monroe (20/1), Morgan (25/1), Nicholas (35/1), Ohio (263/3), Pendleton (39/1), Pleasants (11/1), Pocahontas (40/1), Preston (101/21), Putnam (185/1), Raleigh (208/7), Randolph (204/4), Ritchie (3/0), Roane (15/0), Summers (7/0), Taylor (55/1), Tucker (11/0), Tyler (13/0), Upshur (36/3), Wayne (198/2), Webster (4/0), Wetzel (42/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (231/12), Wyoming (31/0).

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