CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported 37 counties in the “green” category on the daily COVID-19 map released Saturday morning.
Counties can now be classified in connection with the coronavirus in one of two ways. Either by the incident rate, which is equal to a rolling 7-day average of new cases, or by the percent positivity rate, based on the percent of COVID-19 tests that come back positive in the county. The map color is based on the lower of those two rates.
Most counties on Saturday morning’s map fall under the percent positivity rate for its color code. Of note, Monongalia County, which was “yellow” Friday moved to “green” Saturday.
The map that matters the most when it comes to school instruction and extra-curricular activities is the School Alert map which will be released by the state Department of Education at 5 p.m. Friday. A working group reviews case numbers for the week, as of midnight Thursday, to determine the color code for the next week.
Things that have never changed:
1. Wear a mask 2. Avoid crowds 3. Wash your hands with soap & water 4. Stay home if sick and now 5. Go and get COVID tested if you have symptoms or if you are able to avoid asymptomatic spread. COVID-19 is a chronic disease here to stay.
— Ayne (like “Ein”-stein)Amjad, M.D., MPH (@AyneAmjad) September 26, 2020
The DHHR did report 205 new COVID-19 cases in Saturday morning’s report along with two additional deaths, both from Logan County, a 77-year-old man and 62-year-old woman. COVID-19 deaths in West Virginia are at 332.
The state’s daily positive test rate is at 2.71% and the Rt Value, rate of spread, for West Virginia is estimated at 1.03, now the 27th of all states. West Virginia had the highest spread rate a week ago.
.@WV_DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., September 26, 2020, there have been 541,883 total confirmatory laboratory results received for #COVID19, with 15,158 total cases and 332 deaths. https://t.co/YRwScg1li2 pic.twitter.com/capVOf55lh
— WV DHHR (@WV_DHHR) September 26, 2020
Overall confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (56), Berkeley (987), Boone (216), Braxton (13), Brooke (113), Cabell (791), Calhoun (25), Clay (34), Doddridge (23), Fayette (608), Gilmer (46), Grant (160), Greenbrier (126), Hampshire (106), Hancock (148), Hardy (89), Harrison (354), Jackson (259), Jefferson (429), Kanawha (2,603), Lewis (38), Lincoln (164), Logan (610), Marion (267), Marshall (172), Mason (141), McDowell (81), Mercer (412), Mineral (172), Mingo (376), Monongalia (1,992), Monroe (149), Morgan (55), Nicholas (100), Ohio (368), Pendleton (53), Pleasants (17), Pocahontas (59), Preston (153), Putnam (550), Raleigh (510), Randolph (242), Ritchie (12), Roane (49), Summers (54), Taylor (124), Tucker (23), Tyler (16), Upshur (71), Wayne (392), Webster (8), Wetzel (54), Wirt (12), Wood (362), Wyoming (114).