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DHHR: Calhoun County lowers COVID-19 level

Staff Report

Calhoun County was moved to a lower classification this weekend in the West Virginia Department of Education’s coronavirus School Alert System Map, the Department of Health and Human Resources said on Sunday.

The county moved from orange to yellow, Health and Human Resources said. The system is based on the number of cases per 100,000 people with counties categorized in ascending order from green, yellow, orange and red, the worst. Monongalia County remains the only county with a red designation, with more than 25 cases per 100,000 people.

The COVID-19 Data Review Panel has reviewed the information about Calhoun County in the School Alert System Map, a release from the Department of Health and Human Resources said. Calhoun was shifted from yellow to orange last week.

“As a result of today’s review, the panel has determined that Calhoun County will move from orange to yellow on the (Department of Education’s) School Alert System Map,” Health and Human Resources said on Sunday. “Calhoun County has had 13 cases which are linked and contained over the previous 14 days with no further evidence of community spread.”

According to the latest numbers released on Sunday by Health and Human Resources, 266 people have died from the virus in West Virginia, an increase of one from Saturday.

The latest was an 81-year-old woman from Logan County, the department said. Condolences were offered to the family by department Secretary Bill J. Crouch.

“We offer our deepest sympathy as our state grieves another loss,” he said.

The agency on Sunday reported there were 3,143 active cases in the state, up from 3,031 on Saturday, with 178 new cases reported from Saturday to Sunday. The department Sunday also said there were 147 people in the hospital, 58 in intensive care units and 26 on ventilators.

Cases reported from Saturday to Sunday in local counties were: Calhoun (22) no change, Doddridge (17) no change, Gilmer (19) no change, Jackson (228) up two, Pleasants (15) no change, Ritchie (9) no change, Roane (41) up two, Tyler (15) no change, Wirt (9) up one, Wood (333) up three.

The state Sunday reported 483,468 confirmatory laboratory tests have been performed with 12,699 positive cases resulting so far.

On Saturday morning, the department reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period from Friday, 347. It is the highest one-day increase in infections since the pandemic started.

The department Saturday also reported the death of a 90-year-old woman from Jackson County, the second person from Jackson County within the week, and a 74-year-old man from Marion County. The state on Wednesday reported it confirmed the death of a 62-year-old woman from Jackson County.

In the county alert system for schools, Calhoun, Jackson, Roane and Doddridge counties are yellow and Wood, Gilmer, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Tyler counties are green, the first level on the color-coded system with less than three cases per 100,000 people.

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