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Five new COVID-19 cases reported in Upshur County on Monday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Monday that 317 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State, including five in Upshur County.

This is the third day out of the last four that the state has reported more than 300 daily cases. The number of active cases also surged above 5,000 again on Monday and hospitalizations hit a new high at 215. The percent positive, however, was low at 1.28%.

One additional death has been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 87-year old female from Marshall County.

In Upshur County, Monday’s DHHR report added one probable and four confirmed cases to Oct. 25. No changes were made to previous days.

A total of 51 cases are currently active in Upshur County, an increase of five.

Upshur County schools are closed again this week after an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected among transportation staff over the weekend. Due to the number of bus drivers who came in contact with the cases, the full route schedule could not be run, even with substitutes, forcing schools to close for a fourth straight week.

Schools had been closed the three previous weeks due to high levels of community spread. On Monday, Upshur County remained green on the daily alert map.

Barbour (3), Randolph (2) and Lewis (3) counties all reported new cases Monday as well.

No free testing events are currently scheduled locally.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., October 26, 2020, there have been 734,967 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 22,223 total cases and 424 deaths,” according to a press release.

New cases were reported Monday in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, 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, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 5,031 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 16,768 people have recovered and 424 have died. The daily percent positive was 1.28%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (175), Berkeley (1534), Boone (339), Braxton (62), Brooke (214), Cabell (1354), Calhoun (34), Clay (60), Doddridge (70), Fayette (762), Gilmer (64), Grant (188), Greenbrier (181), Hampshire (125), Hancock (214), Hardy (105), Harrison (644), Jackson (378), Jefferson (567), Kanawha (3564), Lewis (79), Lincoln (236), Logan (748), Marion (371), Marshall (290), Mason (174), McDowell (117), Mercer (704), Mineral (212), Mingo (564), Monongalia (2290), Monroe (241), Morgan (141), Nicholas (185), Ohio (514), Pendleton (74), Pleasants (25), Pocahontas (68), Preston (199), Putnam (842), Raleigh (761), Randolph (410), Ritchie (36), Roane (100), Summers (103), Taylor (166), Tucker (63), Tyler (32), Upshur (243), Wayne (562), Webster (29), Wetzel (171), Wirt (45), Wood (543), Wyoming (251).

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