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Kanawha County reports largest daily increase of COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department reported the largest daily increase of new COVID-19 cases Sunday along with four deaths.

Dr. Sherri Young

The department said 70 new cases reflect community spread. Kanawha County currently has 700 active cases.

The four deaths, which are not yet part of the official state numbers, makes 54 COVID-19 deaths in Kanawha County.

“We mourn the loss of life caused by this pandemic and encourage everyone to continue taking proper precautions, no matter how COVID-fatigued they may be,” Dr. Sherri Young, health officer and executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said in a news release. “Wear your mask, stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently and continue to stay six feet away from other people.”

Kanawha County is getting close to joining Monongalia County as the only red designated county on the state’s COVID-19 alert map. The county’s 7-day rolling average of new cases is 21.65. When a county hits the average of 25 cases it moves into red. Kanawha County’s average has increased by five over the past week.

The state will release the next COVID-19 numbers at 10 a.m. Monday.

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