An outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread in Upshur and Barbour counties, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Tuesday morning.
According to the DHHR’s daily report, Upshur County has three new cases of COVID-19, while Barbour County has 12. The spread of the disease continues at a rapid pace throughout West Virginia, with active cases crossing the 4,000 mark for the first time on Tuesday.
Separately, the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported three new cases which will likely be included in Wednesday’s DHHR data, which is about a day behind local announcements.
Statewide, the DHHR announced Tuesday that 180 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.
Eight additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – a 70-year old male from Logan County, a 70-year old male from Putnam County, a 79-year old female from Wyoming County, a 73-year old male from Berkeley County, an 81-year old female from Putnam County, an 84-year old female from Putnam County, a 73-year old male from Monroe County, and a 78-year old female from Taylor County.
“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., September 29, 2020, there have been 557,869 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 15,692 total cases and 345 deaths,” according to a press release.
Upshur County moved deeper into the gold category on the county alert map on Tuesday, while Barbour County actually improved in the orange category despite reporting 12 new cases.
With 33 new cases in the last week, Barbour should be solidly red on the map. However, the DHHR is only counting 13 of the 33 cases in their map calculation. Forty-six cases are currently active in Barbour County and 23 are active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR.
Barbour is hold a free testing event Tuesday that could further improve their map color. That is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barbour County Fairgrounds, 115 Fairgrounds Way in Belington.
Statewide, new cases were reported Tuesday in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Tucker, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel and Wood counties.
About 4,014 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 11,333 people have recovered and 345 have died. The daily percent positive was 3.45%.
CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (78), Berkeley (1,009), Boone (227), Braxton (13), Brooke (114), Cabell (843), Calhoun (25), Clay (36), Doddridge (26), Fayette (629), Gilmer (48), Grant (161), Greenbrier (127), Hampshire (108), Hancock (150), Hardy (91), Harrison (382), Jackson (270), Jefferson (436), Kanawha (2704), Lewis (38), Lincoln (171), Logan (620), Marion (284), Marshall (179), Mason (143), McDowell (87), Mercer (425), Mineral (174), Mingo (377), Monongalia (2035), Monroe (151), Morgan (55), Nicholas (105), Ohio (374), Pendleton (53), Pleasants (18), Pocahontas (59), Preston (157), Putnam (576), Raleigh (526), Randolph (252), Ritchie (13), Roane (52), Summers (55), Taylor (127), Tucker (34), Tyler (16), Upshur (84), Wayne (403), Webster (8), Wetzel (56), Wirt (12), Wood (374), Wyoming (118).