Number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in West Virginia tops 50

A total of 52 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in West Virginia, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced Wednesday night. That number is an increase of 13 over what was reported Tuesday.

Upshur County still has no confirmed cases.

“New cases were identified in Hancock, Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Marion, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Putnam and Raleigh counties,” according to a press release from the DHHR.

“The state breakdown of cases by county are two individuals from Berkeley County, one from Hancock County, three from Harrison County, three from Jefferson County, four from Jackson County, five from Kanawha County, one from Logan County, one from Marion County, two from Marshall County, two from Mercer County, 18 from Monongalia County, two from Ohio County, two from Preston County, two from Putnam County, one from Raleigh County, two from Tucker County, and one from Wood County,” the release notes.

Overall, the state has now tested over 1,000 people, with roughly 5 percent of those testing positive for COVID-19.

“Since COVID-19 is a new disease, it is newly reportable to West Virginia’s public health system,” according to the release. “Medical providers are required to report test results to their local health departments, which provide them to DHHR. Commercial (private) labs are also required to report test results to DHHR. 

“However, the reporting of negative and pending tests to DHHR has been inconsistent. Only DHHR’s state lab has consistently reported all its negative results and pending tests. DHHR is working with its public and private partners to ensure all required information is properly reported.”

Worldwide, the number of cases continued to climb sharply on Wednesday, with more than 467,000 people having tested positive, according to data from John Hopkins. The number of positive results in the United States has also risen dramatically in recent days, topping 66,000 on Wednesday.

More than 21,000 people worldwide have now died from the virus.

West Virginia governor Jim Justice announced schools would remain closed through at least April 20 in a press conference Wednesday, and also said he has asked the state tax department to consider pushing back the filing deadline for state income taxes to July 15. The federal tax deadline has already been extended.

Read more about Justice’s press conference here.

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