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New COVID-19 cases surge in Upshur, Randolph counties on Tuesday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Tuesday that 864 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.

Locally, new cases were reported in Upshur (11), Randolph (23), Barbour (6), Lewis (4) and Webster (2) counties.

Thirteen additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 84-year old female from Boone County, a 59-year old male from Kanawha County, a 79-year old female from Kanawha County, a 68-year old female from Barbour County, a 72-year old male from Fayette County, an 86-year old male from Ohio County, an 88-year old female from Ohio County, a 75-year old female from Jefferson County, a 68-year old male from Hancock County, an 80-year old male from Putnam County, a 69-year old female from Putnam County, an 89-year old female from Putnam County, and a 68-year old male from Boone County.

“I am very heartbroken to report that we have lost more West Virginians,” said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch. “Please remember that your actions may result in saving the lives of your family, neighbors and friends.”

In Upshur County, Tuesday’s DHHR report:

  • Removed a probable case from Nov. 13
  • Removed three probable cases from Nov. 14
  • Added two confirmed cases to Nov. 14
  • Removed a confirmed case from Nov. 15
  • Added 13 probable and two confirmed cases to Nov. 16
  • Removed one case from an unknown date

Upshur County’s infection rate moved deeper into the red classification on Tuesday, but the county remains yellow on the map due to the positivity rating. The latter metric does not include 76% of the new cases added Tuesday because it excludes rapid tests.

A total of 65 cases are active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., November 17, 2020, there have been 943,178 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 35,324 total cases and 598 deaths,” according to a press release.

About 10,707 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 24,019 people have recovered and 598 have died. The daily percent positive was 5.72%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (270), Berkeley (2298), Boone (530), Braxton (97), Brooke (401), Cabell (2229), Calhoun (44), Clay (99), Doddridge (89), Fayette (969), Gilmer (179), Grant (244), Greenbrier (330), Hampshire (217), Hancock (407), Hardy (168), Harrison (905), Jackson (569), Jefferson (997), Kanawha (4786), Lewis (201), Lincoln (357), Logan (928), Marion (621), Marshall (822), Mason (260), McDowell (504), Mercer (1083), Mineral (656), Mingo (840), Monongalia (2835), Monroe (302), Morgan (216), Nicholas (269), Ohio (1079), Pendleton (86), Pleasants (62), Pocahontas (80), Preston (364), Putnam (1449), Raleigh (1148), Randolph (579), Ritchie (100), Roane (138), Summers (222), Taylor (224), Tucker (77), Tyler (109), Upshur (372), Wayne (822), Webster (49), Wetzel (339), Wirt (70), Wood (1702), Wyoming (531).

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