Eastern Panhandle continues addressing rising coronavirus numbers

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Health officials in the Eastern Panhandle are dealing with increasing coronavirus numbers as communities across the country continue to handle the effects of the pandemic.

West Virginia’s numbers related to the coronavirus continue to increase, including a rise in active cases and deaths.

Bill Kearns, the director of the Berkeley-Morgan County Health Department, said most of the cases have been the result of community spread.

“Certainly, we did not see any outbreaks that were a result of the in-person voting,” he said. “We’ve not had any outbreaks of any magnitude that could be associated with school sports, although we’ve been very cautious with the schools having measures in place to keep the children as safe as possible.”

Berkeley County has reported double-digit increases in active cases this week and has been red in categories of state Department of Health and Human Resource’s map. Morgan County is gold on the statewide county alert system with multiple days reporting orange-level numbers.

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