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Latest COVID-19 surge in West Virginia intensifies with 566 new cases Saturday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Saturday that 566 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.

That’s the highest number of new cases in nearly two months and continues a three-week uptrend since West Virginia reported just 136 cases on March 2.

Locally, new cases were reported in Upshur (4), Barbour (1), Lewis (2), Randolph (2) and Webster (8) counties. A total of 40 cases are currently active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR.

West Virginia Wesleyan College announced six new cases in a news release Friday afternoon, making a total of 36 active cases on campus. Those cases should be included on the state dashboard, although there is often a lag time of one or more days.

Three additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 82-year old male from Monongalia County, a 78-year old male from Berkeley County, and a 63-year old male from Marion County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of March 27, 2021, there have been 2,418,229 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 140,316 total cases and 2,631 total deaths,” according to a press release.

About 6,056 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 131,629 people have recovered and 2,631 have died. The daily percent positive was 4.53%.

The latest surge in cases comes despite the number of vaccinated residents topping 300,000. A total of 306,129 people have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in West Virginia, meaning they have received both doses of the vaccine, the DHHR said.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (1,313), Berkeley (10,520), Boone (1,731), Braxton (832), Brooke (2,058), Cabell (8,352), Calhoun (242), Clay (388), Doddridge (512), Fayette (2,941), Gilmer (728), Grant (1,163), Greenbrier (2,484), Hampshire (1,601), Hancock (2,627), Hardy (1,379), Harrison (5,103), Jackson (1,762), Jefferson (3,952), Kanawha (12,912), Lewis (1,091), Lincoln (1,349), Logan (2,924), Marion (3,895), Marshall (3,163), Mason (1,856), McDowell (1,407), Mercer (4,366), Mineral (2,629), Mingo (2,284), Monongalia (8,587), Monroe (1,011), Morgan (1,001), Nicholas (1,364), Ohio (3,810), Pendleton (652), Pleasants (819), Pocahontas (615), Preston (2,700), Putnam (4,497), Raleigh (5,377), Randolph (2,449), Ritchie (639), Roane (518), Summers (723), Taylor (1,143), Tucker (516), Tyler (657), Upshur (1,769), Wayne (2,729), Webster (441), Wetzel (1,156), Wirt (368), Wood (7,404), Wyoming (1,807).

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