DHHR announces eight additional COVID-19 deaths at Princeton Health Care Center on Sunday, one new case in Upshur County

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the deaths of eight individuals from the Princeton Health Care Center on Sunday, one day after the Bluefield Daily Telegraph questioned why the state agency had failed to report the COVID-19 related fatalities.

“The deaths occurred over the course of the last few weeks but were not reported in an official capacity due to personnel changes at the Mercer County Health Department,” the DHHR claimed in a press release. “A total of 11 individuals have died from the Princeton Health Care Center; three of these deaths were previously reported by DHHR.”

The new deaths reported Sunday included an 80-year old female, an 87-year old female, an 86-year old female, a 79-year old female, a 91-year old male, a 78-year old female, an 89-year old female and a 76-year old male. 

In total, 130 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Mountain State on Sunday, including one new case in Upshur County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., on August 9, 2020, there have been 322,914 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 7,694 total cases and 139 deaths,” according to a press release.

The new Upshur County case was listed on the dashboard as recovered, but — as in Mercer County — the DHHR data does not always align with the reports from the local health department.

New cases were reported Sunday in Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hancock, Harrison, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Upshur, Wayne and Wood counties.

About 1,877 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 5,678 people have recovered and 139 have died. The daily percent positive was 2.33%.

CASES PER COUNTY (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (29/0), Berkeley (669/27), Boone (101/0), Braxton (8/0), Brooke (63/1), Cabell (391/9), Calhoun (6/0), Clay (18/0), Doddridge (6/0), Fayette (148/0), Gilmer (16/0), Grant (120/1), Greenbrier (93/0), Hampshire (76/0), Hancock (108/4), Hardy (57/1), Harrison (218/3), Jackson (162/0), Jefferson (287/7), Kanawha (922/13), Lewis (28/1), Lincoln (87/0), Logan (228/0), Marion (187/4), Marshall (127/4), Mason (56/0), McDowell (61/1), Mercer (196/0), Mineral (119/2), Mingo (171/2), Monongalia (922/17), Monroe (20/1), Morgan (27/1), Nicholas (36/1), Ohio (265/3), Pendleton (39/1), Pleasants (12/1), Pocahontas (40/1), Preston (104/21), Putnam (194/1), Raleigh (246/7), Randolph (205/5), Ritchie (3/0), Roane (15/0), Summers (11/0), Taylor (55/1), Tucker (10/0), Tyler (13/0), Upshur (37/3), Wayne (206/2), Webster (4/0), Wetzel (42/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (235/12), Wyoming (31/0).

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