Another COVID-19 case reported in Upshur County as active cases statewide surpass the 1,000 mark for the first time

A 22nd confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Upshur County on Thursday, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced in their evening update.

Statewide, the Mountain State recorded more than 100 new cases for the fourth time in five days, and the active caseload topped the 1,000 mark for the first time ever.

A total of 1,013 COVID-19 cases are now active in West Virginia, including eight in Upshur County. Thirty-three of the state’s 55 counties reported new cases Thursday.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 5 p.m., on July 9, 2020, there have been 197,081 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 3,826 total cases and 95 deaths,” according to a press release.

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department has announced that free drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available to all residents — including those without symptoms — on Friday and Saturday, July 10-11.

Here are the dates, times and locations:

  • Buckhannon-Upshur High School on Friday, July 10 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (two lanes will be open for testing)
  • Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock Cave on Friday and Saturday, July 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days (one lane will be open for testing)

“You need to have a valid form of ID, with current contact information and phone number if possible, so you can be notified of results,” according to the health department. “All test results should be in by Wednesday, July 15. You will be notified of test results. We hope to have a great turn out.”

Anyone with questions about the free testing can call the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department at 304-472-2810.

In Morgantown, West Virginia University announced that workouts for the women’s basketball team would be postponed after six players tested positive for COVID-19. The men’s program was already on pause due to positive tests there, and another three football players also tested positive, the school said Thursday.

Amid the surge of cases nationwide, the Ivy League announced Wednesday that all sporting events would be canceled through at least the first of the year, and the Big Ten said that if fall sports are held, they will play a conference-only schedule.

Other conferences are expected to make decisions on fall sports later this month.

Overall, new cases were reported Thursday in Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Roane, Taylor, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel and Wood counties.

About 1,013 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 2,718 people have recovered and 95 have died.

CASES PER COUNTY (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (17/0), Berkeley (499/18), Boone (29/0), Braxton (3/0), Brooke (18/1), Cabell (180/6), Calhoun (4/0), Clay (11/0), Fayette (79/0), Gilmer (13/0), Grant (15/1), Greenbrier (68/0), Hampshire (42/0), Hancock (32/3), Hardy (45/1), Harrison (104/0), Jackson (149/0), Jefferson (247/5), Kanawha (372/12), Lewis (19/1), Lincoln (10/0), Logan (31/0), Marion (93/3), Marshall (54/1), Mason (23/0), McDowell (8/0), Mercer (61/0), Mineral (60/2), Mingo (25/2), Monongalia (405/14), Monroe (14/1), Morgan (19/1), Nicholas (15/1), Ohio (122/0), Pendleton (13/1), Pleasants (5/1), Pocahontas (36/1), Preston (78/16), Putnam (77/1), Raleigh (66/2), Randolph (174/2), Ritchie (2/0), Roane (12/0), Summers (2/0), Taylor (19/1), Tucker (6/0), Tyler (7/0), Upshur (22/1), Wayne (120/1), Webster (1/0), Wetzel (26/0), Wirt (5/0), Wood (154/8), Wyoming (7/0).

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