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DHHR reports six new COVID-19 cases, fourth death in Upshur County on Wednesday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Wednesday that 358 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State, including six in Upshur County

Four additional deaths have been attributed to the disease – a 77-year old male from Upshur County, a 73-year old male from Mercer County, an 85-year old female from Wayne County, and an 84-year old female from Ohio County.

The death is the fourth in Upshur County in less than two weeks.

The spread of the virus continues to surge in West Virginia, with the state reporting record numbers of new COVID-19 cases. In the last seven days, the Mountain State has reported 2,330 new cases and nearly two dozen deaths.

Hospitalizations are also at record levels, according to the DHHR.

In Upshur County, the DHHR’s Wednesday update added one confirmed case to Oct. 23, as well as three probable and two confirmed cases to Oct. 27. A total of 48 cases are active.

Upshur County is currently yellow on the daily alert map, but both metrics are in danger of deteriorating rapidly. The infection rate is already in the orange, and while the positivity rate is yellow, 15 cases are listed as probable, which are not included in that metric. As those cases are retroactively confirmed, the positivity number could move to orange as well.

No free testing events are currently scheduled in Upshur County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., October 28, 2020, there have been 747,304 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 23,064 total cases and 436 deaths,” according to a press release.

New cases were reported Wednesday in Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 4,557 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 18,071 people have recovered and 436 have died. The daily percent positive was 4.29%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (181), Berkeley (1604), Boone (353), Braxton (65), Brooke (226), Cabell (1427), Calhoun (35), Clay (62), Doddridge (71), Fayette (776), Gilmer (64), Grant (191), Greenbrier (195), Hampshire (130), Hancock (224), Hardy (107), Harrison (649), Jackson (386), Jefferson (599), Kanawha (3650), Lewis (87), Lincoln (249), Logan (757), Marion (380), Marshall (329), Mason (175), McDowell (122), Mercer (748), Mineral (219), Mingo (600), Monongalia (2307), Monroe (251), Morgan (150), Nicholas (183), Ohio (541), Pendleton (76), Pleasants (29), Pocahontas (70), Preston (199), Putnam (879), Raleigh (798), Randolph (416), Ritchie (37), Roane (106), Summers (112), Taylor (166), Tucker (63), Tyler (33), Upshur (263), Wayne (586), Webster (31), Wetzel (178), Wirt (53), Wood (591), Wyoming (285).

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