One death, 14 new COVID-19 cases reported in Upshur County on Tuesday

A third resident of Upshur County has died of COVID-19, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported on Tuesday.

The death was one of eight confirmed by the DHHR — a 79-year old male from Upshur County, an 89-year old male from Cabell County, a 79-year old female from Cabell County, a 57-year old male from Kanawha County, an 83-year old male from Fayette County, an 87-year old female from Jefferson County, an 83-year old female from Cabell County, and a 54-year old male from Raleigh County.

Statewide, West Virginia reported 483 new cases on Tuesday, the second-highest daily increase in cases to date. The rate of new cases in the Mountain State is currently at record levels, with 2,187 cases reported in the last seven days.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., October 27, 2020, there have been 742,191 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 22,706 total cases and 432 deaths,” according to a press release.

Upshur County schools have now been closed for four straight weeks due to the ongoing outbreak. After four days in gold, the infection rate increased to the orange alert level on Tuesday. The positivity percentage moved up to yellow.

In Upshur County, Tuesday’s DHHR report removed one confirmed case from Oct. 25 and added a probable to the same date. It also added seven probable and seven confirmed cases to Oct. 26. The number of active cases fell to 43, according to the DHHR, although the reason for the drop is unclear as the county has well over 50 cases reported over the last 14 days.

New cases were reported Tuesday in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Roane, Summers, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 4,428 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 17,846 people have recovered and 432 have died. The daily percent positive was 3.47%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (182), Berkeley (1569), Boone (352), Braxton (63), Brooke (219), Cabell (1396), Calhoun (35), Clay (61), Doddridge (70), Fayette (766), Gilmer (64), Grant (191), Greenbrier (194), Hampshire (127), Hancock (219), Hardy (106), Harrison (648), Jackson (385), Jefferson (580), Kanawha (3624), Lewis (82), Lincoln (244), Logan (751), Marion (377), Marshall (316), Mason (175), McDowell (120), Mercer (732), Mineral (218), Mingo (574), Monongalia (2298), Monroe (249), Morgan (147), Nicholas (182), Ohio (528), Pendleton (74), Pleasants (27), Pocahontas (69), Preston (199), Putnam (863), Raleigh (780), Randolph (412), Ritchie (36), Roane (106), Summers (109), Taylor (166), Tucker (63), Tyler (32), Upshur (257), Wayne (580), Webster (29), Wetzel (173), Wirt (51), Wood (580), Wyoming (256).

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