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Most counties red for coronavirus spread as West Virginia moves into bottom RT spot nationally

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s RT value, the estimated rate of coronavirus spread, was the lowest in the U.S. on Sunday when the latest report from the state Department of Health and Human Resources showed most counties remained at the highest transmission level.

In all, 46 counties were red Sunday morning on the daily County Alert System Map, defined as counties with “substantial” coronavirus transmission.

Based on infection rates alone, though, every county in West Virginia was red to start the second full week of 2021.

DHHR confirmed 1,434 new, active COVID-19 cases statewide bringing the total number of known cases to 29,248.

There were 12 additional virus deaths, making for a state pandemic death toll of 1,582.

The latest victims included a Hardy County man, 77, an Upshur County man, 89, a Logan County man, 52, a Raleigh County woman, 74, a Kanawha County man, 84, a Harrison County man, 89, a Boone County man, 66, a Marion County woman, 81, a McDowell County man, 70, a Hampshire County man, 77, an Upshur County man, 80, and a Boone County man, 78.

West Virginia’s daily virus infection rate was at 8.56 percent while the cumulative rate had climbed to 5.35 percent.

The state’s RT value was below one, at .97, which was lower than all of other states. The Mountain State was one of three states not above one, the threshold that analysts have said indicated ongoing person-to-person spread.

In state reporting, 90,645 of the 109,440 coronavirus vaccine doses received thus far had been administered as of Sunday morning.

Vaccination clinics were continuing during the weekend statewide for people over the age of 80.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (1,124), Berkeley (7,412), Boone (1,202), Braxton (625), Brooke (1,633), Cabell (6,025), Calhoun (169), Clay (285), Doddridge (312), Fayette (2,031), Gilmer (484), Grant (877), Greenbrier (1,823), Hampshire (1,145), Hancock (2,162), Hardy (986), Harrison (3,655), Jackson (1,381), Jefferson (2,766), Kanawha (9,702), Lewis (650), Lincoln (932), Logan (1,945), Marion (2,492), Marshall (2,391), Mason (1,203), McDowell (1,087), Mercer (3,474), Mineral (2,257), Mingo (1,632), Monongalia (6,049), Monroe (746), Morgan (772), Nicholas (818), Ohio (2,850), Pendleton (392), Pleasants (689), Pocahontas (418), Preston (1,992), Putnam (3,319), Raleigh (3,261), Randolph (1,516), Ritchie (457), Roane (358), Summers (561), Taylor (837), Tucker (404), Tyler (440), Upshur (1,173), Wayne (1,964), Webster (194), Wetzel (813), Wirt (266), Wood (5,734), Wyoming (1,327).

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