W.Va. nearing 13,000 positive COVID-19 cases

CHARLESTON — The state of West Virginia is nearing 13,000 positive cases of the virus, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on Tuesday.

The department in its Tuesday morning update said there were 12,976 cases, an increase of 156 cases over the 24-hour period from Monday morning.

The state also confirmed the virus-related deaths of five more people for a total of 280 since the pandemic began. Confirmed dead in Tuesday’s update were an 87-year-old man from Logan County, a 93-year-old woman from Mason County, a 66-year-old woman from Mercer County, an 88-year-old woman from Kanawha County and a 91-year-old woman from Kanawha County.

“The passing of these West Virginians is reported with a heavy heart and we extend our deepest sympathies to their loved ones,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said.

Current active cases in West Virginia total 3,160 as of Tuesday with 150 people in hospitals, 59 in intensive care units and 26 on ventilators.

Cases reported from Monday to Tuesday in local counties were: Calhoun (22) no change, Doddridge (17) no change, Gilmer (19) no change, Jackson (231) up two, Pleasants (15) no change, Ritchie (10) down one, Roane (42) up one, Tyler (15) no change, Wirt (9) no change and Wood (339) up six.


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