COVID cases reach single day high

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to climb in West Virginia with 560 new cases added by the state Department of Health and Human Resources Thursday morning.

That’s a new high for daily cases since the pandemic began.

The state has processed nearly 815,000 tests since March and 26,547 of those tests have been positive for a cumulative test rate now nearing 3% at 2.99%. The daily positivity test rate was 3.94% Thursday morning. The DHHR said 10,807 were conducted Wednesday at nearly 50 testing sites.

There were eight additional deaths reported Thursday including a 91-year old female from Wetzel County, an 86-year old male from Cabell County, an 81-year old female from Cabell County, an 89-year old female from Mercer County, a 67-year old male from Mercer County, a 71-year old female from Mercer County, an 82-year old male from Putnam County, and a 90-year old female from Summers County.

There have now been 480 deaths.

Secretary Bill Crouch

“The loss of more West Virginians weighs heavily on our hearts,” state DHHR Secretary Bill Crouch said. “As West Virginians, we must not tire of preventive measures that ensure the health and safety of our friends, family and neighbors. I urge you to continue wearing your mask, frequent hand washing and social distancing.”

Hospitalizations and patients being treated in ICU have also reached pandemic highs at 281 and 93.

Testing was scheduled Thursday at 66 locations in Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Doddridge, Hampshire, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mineral, Mingo, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Putnam, Ritchie, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel, Wood, and Wyoming counties.

Overall confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (195), Berkeley (1,794), Boone (439), Braxton (82), Brooke (263), Cabell (1,643), Calhoun (37), Clay (70), Doddridge (75), Fayette (827), Gilmer (71), Grant (203), Greenbrier (231), Hampshire (165), Hancock (253), Hardy (113), Harrison (711), Jackson (438), Jefferson (676), Kanawha (3,997), Lewis (132), Lincoln (285), Logan (821), Marion (445), Marshall (494), Mason (189), McDowell (153), Mercer (850), Mineral (294), Mingo (708), Monongalia (2,434), Monroe (273), Morgan (170), Nicholas (201), Ohio (719), Pendleton (79), Pleasants (40), Pocahontas (74), Preston (249), Putnam (1,073), Raleigh (916), Randolph (452), Ritchie (65), Roane (117), Summers (160), Taylor (178), Tucker (68), Tyler (68), Upshur (293), Wayne (651), Webster (38), Wetzel (264), Wirt (59), Wood (856), Wyoming (396).

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