The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Saturday that 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the Mountain State and 30 additional deaths have been attributed to the disease. Both are single-day record increases.
More than 800 West Virginians have now died from COVID-19, according to the DHHR, including 111 in the last week.
Saturday’s update was delayed several hours from it’s typical 10 a.m. release. Locally, new cases were reported in Upshur (10), Barbour (15), Lewis (4), Randolph (2) and Webster (2) counties.
A total of 100 cases are currently active in Upshur County, according to the DHHR. Saturday’s update made retroactive changes to every day listed on the Upshur County’s seven-day chart:
- Two probable and three confirmed cases were removed from Nov. 28
- Two confirmed cases were removed from Nov. 29
- Two confirmed cases were added to Nov. 30
- Three probable cases were added to Dec. 1
- Four probable cases were removed from Dec. 2
- One probable case and three confirmed cases were removed from Dec. 3
- Five probable and nine confirmed cases were added to Dec. 4
- Six cases were added to an unknown date
The net result is an increase of 10 cases. The changes also moved Upshur County to orange on the weekly data ending Thursday, which means schools likely would have been closed next week even if the county school board hadn’t already taken that action.
More than half the schools in the state are likely to be closed during the upcoming week as the spread of the virus continues to increase statewide.
Gov. Jim Justice has hinted in recent press conferences that he might take action to help curb the spread of the virus as hospitals struggle to handle the influx of new patients. But he had yet to announce any additional health measures as of Saturday.
The deaths reported Saturday include a 67-year old male from Tyler County, a 73-year old male from Cabell County, an 85-year old female from Putnam County, a 62-year old female from Kanawha County, a 65-year old male from Mercer County, an 85-year old female from Kanawha County, a 79-year old male from Mercer County, a 69-year old female from Mineral County, a 68-year old male from Berkeley County, an 84-year old male from Barbour County, a 54-year old male from Fayette County, a 36-year old male from Mingo County, a 51-year old male from Kanawha County, a 76-year old male from Mineral County, a 93-year old female from Mineral County, a 73-year old female from Berkeley County, an 88-year old female Putnam County, a 95-year old female from Kanawha County, a 74-year old female from Fayette County, a 76-year old male from Fayette County, an 84-year old male from Kanawha County, a 75-year old male from Kanawha County, an 80-year old male from Ohio County, an 85-year old female from Putnam County, a 61-year old male from Mineral County, an 84-year old male from Mineral County, an 82-year old female from Preston County, an 83-year old female from Preston County, a 47-year old male from Logan County, and a 63-year old female from Logan County.
“The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports as of December 5, 2020, there have been 1,207,000 total confirmatory laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 53,572 total cases and 829 deaths,” according to a press release.
About 18,289 West Virginia cases remain active, according DHHR data. Of the cases that are no longer active, 34,454 people have recovered and 829 have died. The daily percent positive was 5.74%.
CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (497), Berkeley (3,747), Boone (709), Braxton (140), Brooke (777), Cabell (3,276), Calhoun (88), Clay (149), Doddridge (136), Fayette (1,241), Gilmer (218), Grant (465), Greenbrier (625), Hampshire (422), Hancock (910), Hardy (377), Harrison (1,623), Jackson (766), Jefferson (1,536), Kanawha (6,107), Lewis (266), Lincoln (460), Logan (1,128), Marion (1,024), Marshall (1,468), Mason (598), McDowell (674), Mercer (1,465), Mineral (1,515), Mingo (1,032), Monongalia (3,561), Monroe (411), Morgan (334), Nicholas (404), Ohio (1,764), Pendleton (125), Pleasants (120), Pocahontas (266), Preston (793), Putnam (2,184), Raleigh (1,759), Randolph (779), Ritchie (200), Roane (211), Summers (294), Taylor (397), Tucker (176), Tyler (167), Upshur (561), Wayne (1,147), Webster (72), Wetzel (464), Wirt (131), Wood (2,973), Wyoming (840).