West Virginia reports six deaths, 192 new COVID-19 cases on Friday

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Friday that 192 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State.

Six additional deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the DHHR – an 88-year old female from Logan County, a 76-year old male from Kanawha County, a 97-year old female from Mingo County, an 84-year old male from Logan County, a 73-year old female from Kanawha County, and an 81-year old male from Kanawha County.

West Virginia’s R-naught, which measures the rate at which the virus is spreading, is currently the second-worst in the nation.

The school reopening map was not updated Friday.

“Please note that beginning today, the County Alert System map on the COVID-19 dashboard will not be updated until Saturday, September 5, at 9 p.m. in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Education’s School Re-entry and Nursing Home Visitation maps,” according to a press release.

However, given the number of new cases in both Monongalia (35) and Kanawha (29) counties, it appears unlikely either will be able to start in-person school or participate in athletic competitions next week. In fact, Monongalia County would have gone into the red zone on Friday had the map been updated.

In Morgantown, nearly 600 WVU students were in quarantine as of Wednesday, according to the school’s most recent dashboard update. On Wednesday, 48 students tested positive and an additional 25 self-reported outside positive tests to the school.

Positive test results by athletes are not reported on the WVU dashboard.

Statewide, the number of COVID-19 cases topped the 11,000 mark.

“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of 10 a.m., on September 4, 2020, there have been 448,720 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 11,037 total cases and 243 deaths,” according to a press release.

New cases were reported Friday in Berkeley, Boone, Brooke, Cabell, Doddridge, Fayette, Grant, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Wood and Wyoming counties.

About 2,344 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 8,450 people have recovered and 243 have died. The daily percent positive Friday was 4.96%.

CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (34), Berkeley (819), Boone (151), Braxton (9), Brooke (98), Cabell (564), Calhoun (12), Clay (27), Doddridge (9), Fayette (377), Gilmer (20), Grant (143), Greenbrier (106), Hampshire (92), Hancock (126), Hardy (75), Harrison (287), Jackson (208), Jefferson (378), Kanawha (1582), Lewis (36), Lincoln (124), Logan (511), Marion (224), Marshall (133), Mason (120), McDowell (73), Mercer (331), Mineral (146), Mingo (266), Monongalia (1294), Monroe (127), Morgan (40), Nicholas (56), Ohio (292), Pendleton (45), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (43), Preston (140), Putnam (323), Raleigh (386), Randolph (227), Ritchie (6), Roane (34), Summers (21), Taylor (108), Tucker (11), Tyler (15), Upshur (45), Wayne (280), Webster (7), Wetzel (45), Wirt (8), Wood (318), Wyoming (70).

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