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DHHR: Active COVID-19 cases go back above 4,000

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state went back above 4,000 active COVID-19 cases in numbers released Thursday by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The state added 176 new cases putting overall active cases at 4,068.  The state topped 4,000 active cases for the first time on Monday. There were 2,146 active cases on Sept. 1.

Gov. Jim Justice said Wednesday that as testing increases across the state there are going to be additional cases identified including outbreaks in individuals schools. Justice said those new cases shouldn’t cause further shutdowns.

“We’ve got to go on. We have got to go on. So as we have outbreaks and we will, we will, then we’ll run to the fire and contact trace and do all of the things we need to do,” Justice said.

There were also four additional deaths including a 70-year old female from Ohio County, a 79-year old male from Berkeley County, a 61-year old male from Kanawha County, and a 48-year old female from Marion County.

The state’s daily positive test rate for COVID-19 dipped to 2.67% in Thursday’s numbers. It marked the second lowest daily positive rate since Aug. 24.

There were 173 people in the hospital statewide Thursday with COVID-19 including 57 in ICU with 34 patients on ventilators.

Overall confirmed cases of COVID-19 per county since the pandemic began include:

Barbour (83), Berkeley (1,049), Boone (240), Braxton (13), Brooke (114), Cabell (858), Calhoun (25), Clay (37), Doddridge (28), Fayette (634), Gilmer (48), Grant (162), Greenbrier (129), Hampshire (109), Hancock (150), Hardy (92), Harrison (402), Jackson (278), Jefferson (439), Kanawha (2,772), Lewis (38), Lincoln (179), Logan (627), Marion (292), Marshall (182), Mason (144), McDowell (90), Mercer (430), Mineral (174), Mingo (392), Monongalia (2,059), Monroe (151), Morgan (58), Nicholas (114), Ohio (375), Pendleton (53), Pleasants (18), Pocahontas (59), Preston (158), Putnam (590), Raleigh (538), Randolph (259), Ritchie (13), Roane (55), Summers (56), Taylor (131), Tucker (37), Tyler (16), Upshur (91), Wayne (407), Webster (7), Wetzel (61), Wirt (12), Wood (375), Wyoming (121).

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