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DHHR posts COVID update heading into holiday weekend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia headed into the holiday weekend with nearly 2,400 active cases of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources COVID-19 dashboard.

Overall cases were up slightly Friday to 2,377. The DHHR confirmed 648 new cases and three additional deaths.

The deaths included a 69-year old female from Putnam County, a 62-year old male from Mason County, and an 84-year old male from Ohio County.

Kanawha County has reported a surge in COVID cases. There were 91 new cases reported Wednesday.

“This is especially concerning as we are entering the time of year where people are attending more events and large gatherings which could add to the community spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Steven Eshenaur, KCHD Health Officer and Executive Director. “We recommend vigilance in mask-wearing in crowds and using good hand hygiene.”

Hospitalizations fell to 146 patients Friday. The increase of COVID-19 cases has not been matched by a significant increase in hospitalizations.

Active cases per county Friday included: Barbour (35), Berkeley (165), Boone (24), Braxton (5), Brooke (28), Cabell (123), Calhoun (2), Clay (5), Doddridge (7), Fayette (51), Gilmer (3), Grant (15), Greenbrier (50), Hampshire (16), Hancock (38), Hardy (10), Harrison (144), Jackson (11), Jefferson (82), Kanawha (221), Lewis (19), Lincoln (22), Logan (49), Marion (109), Marshall (62), Mason (42), McDowell (16), Mercer (76), Mineral (37), Mingo (32), Monongalia (123), Monroe (20), Morgan (14), Nicholas (30), Ohio (81), Pendleton (4), Pleasants (4), Pocahontas (3), Preston (35), Putnam (74), Raleigh (134), Randolph (40), Ritchie (3), Roane (18), Summers (14), Taylor (24), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (21), Wayne (24), Webster (2), Wetzel (10), Wirt (5), Wood (46), Wyoming (30).

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