West Virginia records 50th death attributed to COVID-19 on Saturday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced three new deaths caused by COVID-19 on Saturday, pushing the state total to 50.

Thirty-three new known cases of the virus were also confirmed Saturday, the biggest single-day increase since April 22.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 5 p.m. on May 2, 2020, there have been 51,115 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,184 positive, 49,931 negative and 50 deaths,” according to a press release.

The deaths reported Saturday were 69-year old female and a 70-year-old male, both from Kanawha County, as well as a 100-year old female from Monongalia County.

Because of the large overall number of tests reported Saturday, the cumulative positive rate – which needs to remain below 3 percent per the governor’s reopening plan – dropped slightly to 2.32 percent. The daily rate of positive cases reported Saturday was just 0.8 percent.

About 43 percent of the West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are resolved, 611 people have recovered and 50 have died, a mortality rate of about 7.5 percent.

New cases were reported Saturday in Berkeley, Cabell, Greenbrier, Hancock, Hardy, Kanawha, Marshall, Monongalia, Morgan, Ohio, Raleigh, Roane, Taylor, Wayne and Wood counties.

CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (5), Berkeley (156), Boone (6), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (44), Fayette (14), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (5), Hampshire (7), Hancock (11), Hardy (7), Harrison (30), Jackson (130), Jefferson (79), Kanawha (168), Lewis (4), Lincoln (2), Logan (13), Marion (46), Marshall (15), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (10), Mineral (18), Mingo (2), Monongalia (105), Monroe (5), Morgan (13), Nicholas (6), Ohio (33), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (27), Raleigh (10), Randolph (4), Roane (7), Summers (1), Taylor (7), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (89), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (41), Wyoming (1).

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