Third COVID-19 death in W.Va. reported, Lewis County has first positive test, cases increase by 42 on Sunday

Lewis County has confirmed its first known case of COVID-19, according to a press release from the Lewis County Health Department issued Saturday.

The Lewis County positive result was not one of the 42 new cases reported around the state Sunday morning. Despite being issued daily, the DHHR data often lags the county reports.

Overall, the total number of known cases in West Virginia now totals at least 324.

A third person has also died from the virus in the Mountain State.

“The third COVID-19-associated death in West Virginia is a 76-year old male with underlying health conditions from Monongalia County, associated with Sundale Long Term Care,” according to a press release from the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources. “To protect the patient’s privacy, no additional details will be released.”

The Lewis County Health Department also declined to release any demographic information about the positive patient there.

“The Lewis County Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of a positive novel coronavirus, of COVID-19, [test] in Lewis County,” according to a press release. “The health department will not be releasing any demographic information relating to this case to protect the privacy of this individual.”

However, the health department did warn that more positive results are expected.

“It is expected that cases will continue to rise in the area,” according to the release.

Overall, nearly 9,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus in West Virginia.

“As of April 5, 2020, at 10 a.m., 8,838 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 324 positive, 8,514 negative and three deaths,” according to the DHHR.

New cases were reported Sunday in Berkeley, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Putnam and Wood counties, according to the DHHR data.

CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (2), Berkeley (54), Cabell (5), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (6), Hardy (2), Harrison (24), Jackson (14), Jefferson (21), Kanawha (51), Logan (5), Marion (14), Marshall (5), Mason (4), Mercer (3), Mineral (2), Monongalia (49), Morgan (3), Ohio (18), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (1), Preston (5), Putnam (6), Raleigh (4), Randolph (3), Roane (2), Tucker (3), Upshur (1), Wetzel (2), Wirt (1), Wood (10).

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