West Virginia sees three more COVID deaths

CHARLESTON –The state of West Virginia on Friday reported a record increase in the number of positive test results for the virus in a 24-hour period.

The Department of Health and Human Resources also reported three more confirmed deaths from the virus, a total of 396 since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

As of Friday morning, the state reported it has received 666,717 confirmatory laboratory results with 19,580 total cases that were positive, an increase of 498 from the numbers reported Thursday morning. The daily positivity rate was 2.99 percent.

Friday’s results includes a large increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and laboratory results received over the past 24 hours, the state said in its Friday morning pandemic update. The department has been working with the West Virginia Health Information Network and entities performing rapid COVID-19 testing to electronically receive the results.

From Oct. 9-16, the number of testing entities submitting electronic results has increased from 97 to 170, the department said. Four testing entities began sending data on Thursday, of which there was an influx in labs received, the department said.

Those include MedExpress, PWNHealth/Walgreen’s, Steelfusion/RJ Group Labs and Valley Health Link Urgent Care/Physicians Practices. Results are from over the last week.

The state has confirmed the deaths of a 67-year-old woman from Mercer County, a 58-year-old man from Mingo County and a 75-year-old man from Fayette County.

“The continued loss of West Virginians weighs heavily on all of us,” said Bill J. Crouch, department cabinet secretary, said.

“During this difficult time for our state and nation, we extend our deepest sympathy,” Crouch said.

Active cases in West Virginia totaled 4,915, of which 188 people were in the hospital, 70 were in intensive care and 31 were on ventilators.

Confirmed cases for local counties reported on Thursday are: Calhoun (32), Doddridge (63), Jackson (341), Pleasants (22), Ritchie (25), Roane (85), Tyler (24), Wirt (26) and Wood (464).

Wood County was elevated from yellow to gold in the county alert system and Wirt County moved from gold to orange, second in severity to red. Doddridge County remains the only red county in the state.


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