With deaths surging in West Virginia, the number of new COVID-19 cases continued to skyrocket on Saturday, crossing the 1,000 mark for the third straight day.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Saturday that 1,118 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.
Locally, new cases were reported Saturday in Upshur (12), Barbour (21), Randolph (18) counties. A total of 101 cases are now active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR.
Saturday was the second-deadliest day since the pandemic began, with West Virginia reporting 19 new deaths. The number of average daily deaths has increased four-fold just in the last month and is expected to continue to rise over the coming weeks due to the ongoing surge in new cases.
The 19 deaths reported Saturday include a 61-year old male from Fayette County, a 74-year old male from Summers County, a 66-year old male from Logan County, a 90-year old male from Nicholas County, an 80-year old male from Marshall County, an 80-year old female from Cabell County, a 79-year old male from Cabell County, an 89-year old male from Cabell County, a 62-year old male from Wood County, a 63-year old male from Harrison County, a 91-year old female from Harrison County, an 85-year old female from Kanawha County, an 85-year old female from Kanawha County, a 92-year old female from Harrison County, a 69-year old female from Mason County, an 83-year old male from Putnam County, an 85-year old female from Mason County, a 96-year old male from Wetzel County, and an 88-year old male from Morgan County.
In Upshur County, Saturday’s report:
- Removed one probable case from Nov. 17
- Removed four probable cases from Nov. 19
- Added 11 probable and six confirmed cases to Nov. 20
The county’s infection rate also continues to rise and has been in the red zone every day since Nov. 12.
“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., November 21, 2020, there have been 1,008,036 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 39,598 total cases and 658 deaths,” according to a press release.
About 12,775 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 26,165 people have recovered and 658 have died. The daily percent positive was 4.8%.
CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (333), Berkeley (2600), Boone (570), Braxton (99), Brooke (503), Cabell (2508), Calhoun (55), Clay (104), Doddridge (103), Fayette (1040), Gilmer (182), Grant (270), Greenbrier (373), Hampshire (256), Hancock (494), Hardy (192), Harrison (1052), Jackson (648), Jefferson (1128), Kanawha (5135), Lewis (217), Lincoln (377), Logan (978), Marion (701), Marshall (986), Mason (327), McDowell (567), Mercer (1194), Mineral (934), Mingo (901), Monongalia (2985), Monroe (326), Morgan (233), Nicholas (299), Ohio (1262), Pendleton (93), Pleasants (69), Pocahontas (94), Preston (432), Putnam (1585), Raleigh (1359), Randolph (617), Ritchie (120), Roane (144), Summers (251), Taylor (247), Tucker (101), Tyler (119), Upshur (422), Wayne (885), Webster (50), Wetzel (363), Wirt (83), Wood (2035), Wyoming (597).