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Daily COVID-19 Positivity-rate Continues to Increase

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The number of coronavirus-related deaths in West Virginia has increased yet again. The Department of Health and Human Resources announced on Tuesday, September 8, that three more residents have succumbed to the disease, which brings the state’s confirmed number of deaths to 250.

“We mourn the tragic loss of these West Virginians, and send our deepest sympathies to their loved ones,” Cabinet Secretary Bill. J. Crouch stated in a message posted on the DHHR website. 989 Covid-19 tests were performed across the state on Monday.

This number was lower than in recent weeks. However, it is probable that the Labor Day holiday impacted turn-out at testing locations. 86 new cases have been identified in the last 24-hours. In total, West Virginia has now tested 462,547 residents, yielding 11,661 confirmed positives; 2,784 of which are currently active.

The cumulative positivity-rate has been trending upwards over the past week, and has now reached 2.52%. And at 6.02%, the daily positivity-rate continues to be a concern, as well. Of the 3 reported deaths on Monday, 2 were residents of Kanawha County. Among the confirmed deceased were 2 females, ages 63 and 85, as well as a 78-year old Putnam County Woman.   

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