CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Department of Health and Human Resources reported a slight dip in COVID-19 numbers Friday following a slight slowdown in testing events because of Thanksgiving.
The state confirmed 866 additional COVID-19 cases after numbers posted on Thanksgiving Day topped 1,100 new cases. There were no deaths reported Friday, but there were 17 reported Thursday.
The daily positivity test rate fell to 3.89% Friday and hospitalizations also showed a slight decrease to 528 patients. There are 15,326 active cases in West Virginia.
State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health Dr. @AyneAmjad speaks with @HoppyKercheval about new covid numbers and safety precautions throughout the Holidays in WV and vaccines on the horizon. WATCH: https://t.co/wkudfIRZCB pic.twitter.com/RFkcYnBTmQ
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) November 27, 2020
State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad said Friday on MetroNews “Talkline” that the surge of cases continues in West Virginia.
“That’s why we are reminding everyone to stay vigilant, to wear masks and follow all of the mitigation efforts,” she said.
Members of Gov. Jim Justice’s coronavirus task force met Friday morning with the West Virginia Hospital Association to review capacity. Amjad said there remains room for additional patients.
“They did give us all of their numbers. So far we’re doing okay but there’s always a concern especially what’s happening across the country,” Amjad said.
Amjad and others are urging state residents to avoid large gatherings through the rest of the holiday weekend.
“I believe we will see a surge after Thanksgiving. We saw a surge after Halloween,” Amjad said.
Deaths confirmed Thursday included a 79-year old male from Berkeley County, a 50-year old male from Mason County, an 89-year old female from Jefferson County, a 69-year old male from Cabell County, an 86-year old female from Kanawha County, a 74-year old female from Putnam County, a 75-year old male from Taylor County, an 85-year old female from Marshall County, a 57-year old male from Raleigh County, an 81-year old female from Mineral County, a 47-year old female from Wyoming County, a 70-year old male from Marshall County, a 98-year old male from Cabell County, a 69-year old male from Preston County, a 57-year old male from Jackson County, an 85-year old female from Cabell County, and a 68-year old male from Doddridge County.
.@WV_DHHR reports as of 10:00 a.m., November 27, 2020, there have been 1,095,837 total confirmatory laboratory results received for #COVID19, with 45,046 total cases and 712 deaths. https://t.co/ii3LDWTkiH pic.twitter.com/7wWKaOyvlk
— WV Department of Health & Human Resources • 😷 (@WV_DHHR) November 27, 2020
Overall confirmed cases include: Barbour (390), Berkeley (3,030), Boone (625), Braxton (109), Brooke (611), Cabell (2,787), Calhoun (71), Clay (107), Doddridge (118), Fayette (1,111), Gilmer (200), Grant (332), Greenbrier (462), Hampshire (306), Hancock (640), Hardy (250), Harrison (1,279), Jackson (691), Jefferson (1,297), Kanawha (5,531), Lewis (237), Lincoln (410), Logan (1,031), Marion (827), Marshall (1,137), Mason (426), McDowell (613), Mercer (1,307), Mineral (1,170), Mingo (975), Monongalia (3,253), Monroe (365), Morgan (263), Nicholas (323), Ohio (1,472), Pendleton (103), Pleasants (87), Pocahontas (152), Preston (552), Putnam (1,884), Raleigh (1,513), Randolph (679), Ritchie (156), Roane (164), Summers (268), Taylor (320), Tucker (132), Tyler (135), Upshur (477), Wayne (980), Webster (62), Wetzel (393), Wirt (101), Wood (2,432), Wyoming (700).
Upcoming free COVID-19 testing events:
November 27, 2020
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Cabell-Huntington Health Department, 703 Seventh Avenue, Huntington, WV
November 28, 2020
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Jackson County Health Department, 504 Church Street South, Ripley, WV
November 30, 2020
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Martinsburg High School, 701 South Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Dorothy McCormack Building, 2000 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Boone County Health Department, 213 Kenmore Drive, Danville, WV
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hampshire High School, 157 Trojan Way, Romney, WV
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Jefferson County Health Department, Front Parking Lot, 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, WV
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM, Shepherd University, Parking Lot beside Wellness Center, 164 University Drive, Shepherdstown, WV
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Marshall County Health Department, 513 6th Street, Moundsville, WV
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Valley Grove Volunteer Fire Department, 355 Fire House Lane, Valley Grove, WV
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Warwood Fire Station 9, 1301 Richland Avenue, Wheeling, WV
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Wheeling Island Fire Station 5, 11 North Wabash Street, Wheeling, WV
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, Wirt County Office, 90 Senior Circle, Elizabeth, WV (pre-registration: https://www.ipsumcovidresults.com/)
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Mineral Wells Elementary School, 1776 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, WV (pre-registration: https://www.ipsumcovidresults.com/)
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Old Board of Education, 19 Park Street, Pineville, WV