Six new COVID-19 cases reported in Upshur County on Sunday, state crosses 20,000 mark

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Sunday that 280 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State, including six in Upshur County.

The new cases pushed Upshur’s infection rate back into the red zone, according to the DHHR. The percent positive also ticked up slightly and remained orange Sunday.

In Upshur County, the DHHR reported one new confirmed case from Oct. 14, one new confirmed case from Oct. 16 and three new confirmed cases and one probable case from Oct. 17.

A total of 77 cases are currently active in Upshur County, and schools will be closed to students for a third straight week due to the recent local outbreak.

Free testing is available at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 6 p.m.

Statewide, West Virginia continues to report record numbers of new cases — nearly 2,000 in the last week alone. However, for the first time since Sept. 5, the state reported no new deaths. Over that period, 156 West Virginians lost their lives to COVID-19.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., October 18, 2020, there have been 679,933 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 20,081 total cases and 399 deaths,” according to a press release.

New cases were reported Sunday in Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Wayne, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 4,940 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 14,742 people have recovered and 399 have died. The daily percent positive was 2.56%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (163), Berkeley (1390), Boone (292), Braxton (37), Brooke (194), Cabell (1190), Calhoun (32), Clay (55), Doddridge (65), Fayette (716), Gilmer (62), Grant (178), Greenbrier (156), Hampshire (119), Hancock (191), Hardy (101), Harrison (623), Jackson (348), Jefferson (521), Kanawha (3320), Lewis (65), Lincoln (212), Logan (707), Marion (355), Marshall (245), Mason (166), McDowell (105), Mercer (568), Mineral (202), Mingo (502), Monongalia (2224), Monroe (194), Morgan (98), Nicholas (173), Ohio (455), Pendleton (68), Pleasants (23), Pocahontas (63), Preston (174), Putnam (782), Raleigh (660), Randolph (375), Ritchie (25), Roane (86), Summers (77), Taylor (160), Tucker (52), Tyler (24), Upshur (222), Wayne (487), Webster (19), Wetzel (81), Wirt (28), Wood (479), Wyoming (172).

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