West Virginia announces record single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday

The W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources announced that a single-day record 262 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Mountain State on Wednesday.

One additional death has also been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – a 79-year old male from Fayette County.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 5 p.m. on July 22, 2020, there have been 247,291 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 5,461 total cases and 102 deaths,” according to a press release.

The 32nd confirmed case in Upshur County, first reported by the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department on Monday, was included in the DHHR report Wednesday.

The highest single-day increase in West Virginia previously was 202 new cases on July 8. The new record comes just over two weeks after the Independence Day holiday.

The state also reported new highs in active cases and hospitalizations.

Unlike previous surges, the report Wednesday listed new cases that were widespread throughout the state, with 37 of the state’s 55 counties reporting positive test results.

New cases were reported Wednesday in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 1,594 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 3,765 people have recovered and 102 have died. The daily percent positive Wednesday was 2.48%

CASES PER COUNTY (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (27/0), Berkeley (568/19), Boone (63/0), Braxton (7/0), Brooke (40/1), Cabell (251/9), Calhoun (5/0), Clay (17/0), Fayette (107/0), Gilmer (13/0), Grant (34/1), Greenbrier (81/0), Hampshire (55/0), Hancock (66/4), Hardy (49/1), Harrison (148/1), Jackson (151/0), Jefferson (271/5), Kanawha (584/12), Lewis (24/1), Lincoln (35/0), Logan (53/0), Marion (142/4), Marshall (87/1), Mason (32/0), McDowell (12/0), Mercer (76/0), Mineral (83/2), Mingo (71/2), Monongalia (775/15), Monroe (17/1), Morgan (24/1), Nicholas (22/1), Ohio (210/0), Pendleton (24/1), Pleasants (5/1), Pocahontas (39/1), Preston (93/21), Putnam (126/1), Raleigh (114/4), Randolph (200/3), Ritchie (3/0), Roane (12/0), Summers (2/0), Taylor (34/1), Tucker (7/0), Tyler (10/0), Upshur (32/2), Wayne (164/2), Webster (3/0), Wetzel (41/0), Wirt (6/0), Wood (205/11), Wyoming (12/0).

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