For the first time, West Virginia reports more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single week

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Sunday that 1,731 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.

Over the last seven days, the DHHR has reported 10,348 new cases, a new weekly record.

Locally, new cases were reported in Upshur (29), Barbour (30), Lewis (4), Randolph (13) and Webster (6) counties.

A total of 210 cases are currently active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR. That’s an all-time high.

Sunday’s Upshur County update:

  • Added six probable and 10 confirmed cases to Jan. 2
  • Added two probable and 12 confirmed cases to Jan. 1
  • Removed three probable cases and added one confirmed case to Dec. 31
  • Added one confirmed case to Dec. 30

Upshur County remains red on the daily DHHR map with an infection rate among the worst in the state. Forty-seven of West Virginia’s 55 counties are red as of Sunday.

With Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that he would reopen all schools statewide on Jan. 19, the weekly Saturday education map is no longer being published. While elementary and middle schools will be open all week once in-person school resumes, high schools will operate day-to-day based on the DHHR map.

All schools statewide are virtual until Jan. 19.

Three additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – a 78-year old female from Wood County, an 85-year old female from Wood County, and an 87-year old female from Wood County..

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of January 3, 2021, there have been 1,542,793 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 91,058 total cases and 1,376 deaths,” according to a press release.

About 27,418 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 62,264 people have recovered and 1,376 have died. The daily percent positive was 14.03%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (825), Berkeley (6,573), Boone (1,098), Braxton (561), Brooke (1,488), Cabell (5,491), Calhoun (141), Clay (268), Doddridge (269), Fayette (1,865), Gilmer (431), Grant (803), Greenbrier (1,612), Hampshire (1,038), Hancock (1,996), Hardy (826), Harrison (3,152), Jackson (1,239), Jefferson (2,492), Kanawha (9,008), Lewis (571), Lincoln (817), Logan (1,772), Marion (2,042), Marshall (2,201), Mason (1,084), McDowell (1,021), Mercer (3,081), Mineral (2,139), Mingo (1,526), Monongalia (5,578), Monroe (699), Morgan (682), Nicholas (732), Ohio (2,627), Pendleton (328), Pleasants (591), Pocahontas (367), Preston (1,773), Putnam (3,114), Raleigh (2,891), Randolph (1,224), Ritchie (375), Roane (323), Summers (482), Taylor (741), Tucker (348), Tyler (387), Upshur (999), Wayne (1,768), Webster (169), Wetzel (734), Wirt (238), Wood (5,231), Wyoming (1,227).

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