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Daily COVID numbers show some improvement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia reported its lowest daily positivity test rate for COVID-19 Thursday since late November.

The rate, which is calculated by comparing overall tests to positive cases, was listed at 4.94% by the state Department of Health and Human Resources Thursday. That rate hasn’t been in the 4% range since Nov. 27 when it was 4.76%.

Thursday’s new number included 738 new positive cases after 14,934 tests.

A reduction in the spread of the virus is also being reported by the Rt Value which is now the third lowest among all states at .93.

The COVID-19 daily alert map published by the DHHR listed 33 counties in the red Thursday and 22 counties either orange or gold. Almost all counties were red a week ago.

Hospitalizations were also down in Thursday’s report to 736 after reaching a pandemic high of 818 on Jan. 5.

The DHHR did report 31 additional deaths Thursday, bringing the overall pandemic total to 1,702.

The deaths include a 95-year old female from Mercer County, a 79-year old female from Wood County, an 88-year old female from Mercer County, a 96-year old female from Harrison County, an 81-year old female from Kanawha County, a 68-year old male from Harrison County, a 72-year old male from Monongalia County, a 91-year old female from Jackson County, a 67-year old male from Raleigh County, a 72-year old male from Wyoming County, a 96-year old female from Kanawha County, a 40-year old female from Raleigh County, an 84-year old female from Cabell County, a 71-year old male from Wood County, a 79-year old male from Wood County, a 63-year old male from Berkeley County, a 90-year old female from Cabell County, a 74-year old female from Kanawha County, a 79-year old female from Wood County, an 89-year old female from Hancock County, a 91-year old female from Upshur County, an 80-year old male from Mason County, a 79-year old male from Monongalia County, a 79-year old male from Marion County, an 87-year old female from Jackson County, a 98-year old female from Wood County, an 89-year old male from Berkeley County, a 49-year old male from Boone County, an 84-year old female from Jefferson County, a 39-year old male from Harrison County, and a 77-year old male from Cabell County.

COVID-19 vaccination numbers reported Thursday said 80% of the vaccine doses allocated for initial shots have been given while 70.7% of the doses so far allocated for the second shots have been administered.

Overall confirmed cases include: Barbour (1,118), Berkeley (7,764), Boone (1,248), Braxton (652), Brooke (1,694), Cabell (6,220), Calhoun (183), Clay (291), Doddridge (327), Fayette (2,085), Gilmer (512), Grant (899), Greenbrier (1,961), Hampshire (1,192), Hancock (2,240), Hardy (1,017), Harrison (3,812), Jackson (1,433), Jefferson (2,893), Kanawha (10,008), Lewis (685), Lincoln (970), Logan (2,034), Marion (2,640), Marshall (2,465), Mason (1,265), McDowell (1,114), Mercer (3,595), Mineral (2,288), Mingo (1,689), Monongalia (6,244), Monroe (776), Morgan (795), Nicholas (879), Ohio (2,945), Pendleton (418), Pleasants (701), Pocahontas (451), Preston (2,117), Putnam (3,407), Raleigh (3,426), Randolph (1,677), Ritchie (476), Roane (380), Summers (596), Taylor (875), Tucker (405), Tyler (459), Upshur (1,215), Wayne (2,041), Webster (215), Wetzel (853), Wirt (272), Wood (5,939), Wyoming (1,363).





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