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Upshur County turns red on state COVID-19 alert map as cases soar

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday that 3,372 cases of COVID-19 are currently active in the Mountain State. That’s an increase of 264 since the last report.

Locally, COVID-19 cases are active in Upshur (67), Barbour (21), Lewis (70), Randolph (56) and Webster (22) counties. In Upshur County, that’s an increase of 16 active cases in the last 24 hours. Upshur is now one of just five counties categorized as red on the state alert map.

The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department has been issuing daily advisories as active cases have increased nearly six-fold in the last month.

“Please be considerate of others, they are someone’s loved one,” Thursday’s advisory reads. “If you are in quarantine, stay in quarantine! That is the best way to stop the spread. It may not be a big deal to you, but to some it is. We continue to work longer hours and weekends to help keep everyone safe; please do your part. Please be PRO-active, not reactive.”

Four additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – a 65-year old male from Berkeley County, a 76-year old male from Kanawha County, a 90-year old female from Putnam County, and a 53-year old male from Morgan County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reports as of August 6, 2021, there have been 3,158,359 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 169,162 total cases and 2,965 deaths,” according to a press release.

The daily percent positive was 5.73%.

A total of 883,920 people have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in West Virginia, meaning they have received both doses of the vaccine, the DHHR said.  That’s about 49% of the state.

TOTAL CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (1,563), Berkeley (13,240), Boone (2,227), Braxton (1,067), Brooke (2,285), Cabell (9,291), Calhoun (410), Clay (551), Doddridge (657), Fayette (3,735), Gilmer (907), Grant (1,331), Greenbrier (2,941), Hampshire (1,951), Hancock (2,889), Hardy (1,600), Harrison (6,429), Jackson (2,338), Jefferson (4,903), Kanawha (15,844), Lewis (1,412), Lincoln (1,630), Logan (3,381), Marion (4,822), Marshall (3,694), Mason (2,169), McDowell (1,704), Mercer (5,348), Mineral (3,023), Mingo (2,843), Monongalia (9,581), Monroe (1,251), Morgan (1,290), Nicholas (1,979), Ohio (4,441), Pendleton (727), Pleasants (971), Pocahontas (697), Preston (2,991), Putnam (5,533), Raleigh (7,298), Randolph (2,938), Ritchie (782), Roane (685), Summers (876), Taylor (1,341), Tucker (560), Tyler (774), Upshur (2,087), Wayne (3,302), Webster (626), Wetzel (1,465), Wirt (476), Wood (8,148), Wyoming (2,158).

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