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COVID-19 hospitalizations in West Virginia top 500 for first time Wednesday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Wednesday that 967 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.

The number of hospitalizations surged above 500 for the first time Wednesday; a record 14,283 cases are currently active in the state, according to the DHHR.

Locally, new cases were reported in Upshur (8), Barbour (18), Lewis (2) and Randolph (14) counties.

A total of 99 cases are currently active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR. Wednesday’s update:

  • Removed two probable cases and added one confirmed case to Nov. 18
  • Removed one probable case and added one confirmed case to Nov. 20
  • Removed five probable cases and added one confirmed case to Nov. 23
  • Added eight probable and five confirmed cases to Nov. 24

Thirteen additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 84-year old female from Cabell County, a 97-year old female from Mineral County, a 73-year old male from Mineral County, an 84-year old female from Harrison County, an 80-year old female from Mineral County, a 68-year old male from Marshall County, a 76-year old male from Marshall County, a 95-year old male from Marshall County, an 86-year old female from Marshall County, an 83-year old male from Marshall County, a 94-year old female from Marshall County, a 93-year old female from Marshall County, and an 80-year old male from Cabell County.

“Protecting the health, safety and well-being of every West Virginian is our ultimate goal,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary. “In these days of sadness, we must find the strength to support our friends and neighbors while continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing safety measures we know work: wearing masks, washing hands, keeping a safe physical distance from others, utilizing free COVID-19 testing, and when possible, staying home.”

About 14,283 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 28,072 people have recovered and 695 have died. The daily percent positive was 4.81%.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., November 25, 2020, there have been 1,063,597 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 43,050 total cases and 695 deaths,” according to a press release.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (375), Berkeley (2874), Boone (603), Braxton (104), Brooke (587), Cabell (2695), Calhoun (63), Clay (107), Doddridge (112), Fayette (1076), Gilmer (196), Grant (310), Greenbrier (414), Hampshire (295), Hancock (591), Hardy (227), Harrison (1200), Jackson (680), Jefferson (1233), Kanawha (5400), Lewis (228), Lincoln (401), Logan (1015), Marion (776), Marshall (1080), Mason (383), McDowell (600), Mercer (1264), Mineral (1084), Mingo (947), Monongalia (3143), Monroe (352), Morgan (245), Nicholas (315), Ohio (1403), Pendleton (101), Pleasants (84), Pocahontas (115), Preston (505), Putnam (1776), Raleigh (1465), Randolph (660), Ritchie (139), Roane (158), Summers (260), Taylor (290), Tucker (117), Tyler (132), Upshur (462), Wayne (949), Webster (54), Wetzel (381), Wirt (94), Wood (2281), Wyoming (649).

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