Upshur, Lewis, Barbour and Randolph counties all report new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Two new COVID-19 cases were reported in Upshur County on Wednesday, while Lewis, Barbour and Randolph counties all reported one new case each.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Wednesday that 135 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State with a daily percent positive of 4.93%.

Eight additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 88-year old female from Kanawha County, an 83-year old female from Taylor County, an 84-year old female from Taylor County, a 72-year old male from Ohio County, a 67-year old female from Logan County, a 67-year old female from Nicholas County, a 73-year old female from Harrison County, and an 88-year old male from Jackson County.

Health officials have warned that the population of West Virginia is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 due to age and overall health.

The Mountain State is now regularly reporting more deaths to COVID-19 than the entire state of New York, once the epicenter of the pandemic where more than 25,000 people have died in total. In the last week, 40 West Virginians have died of the coronavirus, compared to 34 in New York.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., on September 2, 2020, there have been 441,396 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 10,642 total cases and 230 deaths,” according to a press release.

After recording more than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases in the last week, West Virginia’s R-naught rate is back above 1.0, meaning the virus is spreading at an increased rate.

New cases were reported Wednesday in Barbour, Berkeley, Brooke, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Upshur and Wayne counties.

About 2,146 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 8,268 people have recovered and 228 have died.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (34), Berkeley (808), Boone (143), Braxton (9), Brooke (95), Cabell (555), Calhoun (10), Clay (27), Doddridge (6), Fayette (365), Gilmer (19), Grant (141), Greenbrier (105), Hampshire (92), Hancock (121), Hardy (75), Harrison (272), Jackson (204), Jefferson (365), Kanawha (1515), Lewis (33), Lincoln (123), Logan (501), Marion (219), Marshall (133), Mason (109), McDowell (71), Mercer (318), Mineral (144), Mingo (250), Monongalia (1209), Monroe (126), Morgan (37), Nicholas (53), Ohio (289), Pendleton (45), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (43), Preston (140), Putnam (294), Raleigh (372), Randolph (227), Ritchie (5), Roane (33), Summers (19), Taylor (106), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (45), Wayne (259), Webster (7), Wetzel (46), Wirt (8), Wood (309), Wyoming (67).

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