New COVID-19 case reported in Upshur County on Monday, three additional deaths announced statewide

A new case of COVID-19 was reported in Upshur County on Monday, the third case confirmed in the past week and 34th since the pandemic began.

Overall, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Monday that 94 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State, pushing the total past the 6,000 mark.

Three additional deaths have also been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – a 60-year old female from Wyoming County, an 84-year old female from Mineral County and a 93-year old female from Brooke County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 5 p.m., on July 27, 2020, there have been 265,892 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 6,054 total cases and 106 deaths,” according to a press release.

Due to the ongoing outbreak, W.Va. Secretary of State Mac Warner said Monday that all voters will again be eligible to vote by mail in the upcoming November General Election.

“West Virginia voters should never have to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Warner said in a press release.

In the spring, applications for absentee ballots were mailed to all registered voters; however, for the General Election the press release says voters will either have to request an application or apply online to vote by mail.

Voters will be able to apply for absentee mail-in ballots online beginning August 11, or you can contact your county clerk by phone, email or fax and request that an application be mailed to you.

Warner, a Republican, is facing former Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in this year’s election.

WVU, meanwhile, announced it would push back the start of both move-in and classes by one week. Students will now begin moving in on Aug. 15 and classes will start on Aug. 26.

“The majority of upper-division undergraduate courses will be transitioned to online and hybrid delivery,” according to a letter from WVU president E. Gordon Gee.

New cases were reported Monday in Berkeley, Brooke, Calhoun, Fayette, Grant, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, Upshur, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 1,616 West Virginia cases remain active, including six in Upshur County, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 4,332 people have recovered and 106 have died. The daily percent positive was 2.32%.

CASES PER COUNTY (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (28/0), Berkeley (598/22), Boone (68/0), Braxton (8/0), Brooke (49/1), Cabell (277/9), Calhoun (6/0), Clay (17/0), Doddridge (2/0), Fayette (118/0), Gilmer (14/0), Grant (42/1), Greenbrier (82/0), Hampshire (64/0), Hancock (84/5), Hardy (50/1), Harrison (163/1), Jackson (153/0), Jefferson (279/5), Kanawha (694/13), Lewis (24/1), Lincoln (50/2), Logan (92/0), Marion (155/4), Marshall (107/2), Mason (41/0), McDowell (16/1), Mercer (91/0), Mineral (96/2), Mingo (102/2), Monongalia (822/16), Monroe (18/1), Morgan (24/1), Nicholas (26/1), Ohio (229/0), Pendleton (27/1), Pleasants (6/1), Pocahontas (39/1), Preston (98/22), Putnam (149/1), Raleigh (132/4), Randolph (202/4), Ritchie (3/0), Roane (14/0), Summers (5/0), Taylor (38/1), Tucker (8/0), Tyler (11/0), Upshur (34/2), Wayne (174/2), Webster (3/0), Wetzel (40/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (218/11), Wyoming (17/0).

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