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W.Va. sees 253 new COVID-19 cases

Staff Report

More than 250 new cases of the virus were received in West Virginia over the 24 hours from Thursday to Friday morning, the Department of Health and Human Resources said its 10 a.m. Friday update.

Three more deaths from the virus also were confirmed over the 24-hour period, raising the total to 297, the department said.

The department said 502,803 total confirmatory laboratory results have been received for the coronavirus with 13,683 total positive cases, an increase of 253 since Thursday morning, the sixth 200-plus increase in positive cases of the virus over a 24-hour period since Aug. 31.

Deaths confirmed in the Friday report were a 83-year-old man from Mingo County, an 87-year-old woman from Mason County and a 62-year-old man from Logan County.

“As we extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones, we also encourage all West Virginians to recognize the continued need to take every possible step to slow the spread of this disease,” department Secretary Bill J. Crouch said.

Active cases totaled with 175 in hospitals, 63 in intensive care units and 40 on ventilators. The daily positive rate for tests is 4.85 percent.

The number of cases reported in local counties were: Calhoun (23) no change, Doddridge (17), no change, Gilmer (20) up one, Jackson (244) up five, Pleasants (16) up one, Ritchie (10) no change, Roane (43) no change, Tyler (15) no change, Wirt (10) up one and Wood (346) up one.

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