One new case of COVID-19 confirmed in Upshur County, four new deaths reported statewide on Friday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday that one new case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Upshur County.

Upshur County now has a total of 41 cases, three of which are currently active, according to the DHHR.

Four additional deaths have also been attributed to the disease statewide – a 35-year old female from Fayette County, an 85-year old female from Mercer County, an 81-year old male from Mercer County, and an 87-year old female from Kanawha County.

“Today’s reporting of four losses is a heartbreaking reminder of the threat this virus presents,” Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary, said in a press release. “West Virginians believe in taking care of each other, and we must strive to keep the health of our neighbors in mind. We extend our sympathy to all of the loved ones impacted by these deaths.”

The DHHR also confirmed that a West Virginia child has been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs,” the DHHR said in a press release. “Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. Many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19.”

The DHHR advised parents to be on the lookout for symptoms and asked the public to continue to follow health protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“This development is an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 does not just affect the elderly,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to protect each other by social distancing, wearing masks in public and following all recommendations of local, state and federal health experts.”

Overall, the DHHR said Friday that 84 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m. on August 21, 2020, there have been 384,143 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 9,066 total cases and 170 deaths,” according to a press release.

New cases were reported Friday in Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Greenbrier, Hancock, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mercer, Mineral, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Taylor, Upshur and Wayne counties.

About 1,756 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 7,140 people have recovered and 170 have died. The daily percent positive was 1.98%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (33), Berkeley (757), Boone (127), Braxton (9), Brooke (83), Cabell (487), Calhoun (8), Clay (19), Doddridge (6), Fayette (183), Gilmer (18), Grant (131), Greenbrier (96), Hampshire (91), Hancock (116), Hardy (63), Harrison (250), Jackson (182), Jefferson (315), Kanawha (1178), Lewis (32), Lincoln (115), Logan (425), Marion (206), Marshall (134), Mason (81), McDowell (65), Mercer (264), Mineral (129), Mingo (208), Monongalia (1030), Monroe (31), Morgan (37), Nicholas (40), Ohio (284), Pendleton (47), Pleasants (14), Pocahontas (42), Preston (133), Putnam (237), Raleigh (319), Randolph (218), Ritchie (3), Roane (23), Summers (18), Taylor (88), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (41), Wayne (224), Webster (7), Wetzel (45), Wirt (7), Wood (289), Wyoming (52).

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