Additional COVID-19 cases reported in Upshur County on Thursday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Thursday that 696 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State, including six in Upshur County.

However, the DHHR is still not reporting several Upshur County cases. Two days ago, the update from the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department reported 344 total cases, and more have likely been added since then. However, Thursday’s DHHR update still lists just 336 total cases in Upshur County.

The health department reported 76 active cases; the DHHR lists just 61.

The reason for the ongoing discrepancy is not clear. My Buckhannon reached out to the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department for the most recent numbers Thursday morning, and although they could not release those totals immediately, they will try to compile them into a press release later today. The DHHR, meanwhile, merely notes that “delays may be experienced with the reporting of information from the local health department to DHHR.”

Here’s what Thursday’s DHHR report did contain:

  • One probable case was removed and one confirmed case was added to Nov. 6.
  • Two probable cases were removed from Nov. 10.
  • Four probable and four confirmed cases were added to Nov. 11.

On the daily alert map, Upshur County is still technically yellow, but more than half the 27 cases added over the past three days are listed as probable, meaning they are not included in the positivity percentage. Those cases are included in the infection rate, however, which is red for Upshur County.

Two additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – a 95-year old female from Marshall County and an 87-year old male from Cabell County.

The number of active cases and hospitalizations in the Mountain State hit record highs Thursday as the virus continues to spread at a rapid rate.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., November 12, 2020, there have been 884,889 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 30,897 total cases and 555 deaths.

About 8,187 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 22,155 people have recovered and 555 have died. The daily percent positive was 3.87%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (246), Berkeley (2062), Boone (477), Braxton (92), Brooke (326), Cabell (1948), Calhoun (41), Clay (92), Doddridge (83), Fayette (893), Gilmer (166), Grant (222), Greenbrier (278), Hampshire (193), Hancock (326), Hardy (136), Harrison (816), Jackson (482), Jefferson (822), Kanawha (4401), Lewis (182), Lincoln (332), Logan (866), Marion (530), Marshall (659), Mason (218), McDowell (232), Mercer (975), Mineral (463), Mingo (797), Monongalia (2625), Monroe (290), Morgan (191), Nicholas (238), Ohio (898), Pendleton (80), Pleasants (50), Pocahontas (79), Preston (293), Putnam (1260), Raleigh (1049), Randolph (515), Ritchie (79), Roane (127), Summers (195), Taylor (199), Tucker (72), Tyler (95), Upshur (336), Wayne (723), Webster (43), Wetzel (288), Wirt (63), Wood (1285), Wyoming (468).

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