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Holiday Weekend Sees Decrease in Coronavirus Deaths



 The number of deaths related to the coronavirus slowed somewhat over the holiday weekend. On Monday, September 7, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported that four more residents have succumbed to the disease since Friday, bringing the state’s total to 247.

 According to the DHHR, 461,558 COVID-19 tests have been conducted state-wide, with 12,838 having been performed during the four-day period from September 3, through September 6.

 The state’s total number of confirmed positives has now reached 11,575. Of the 2,747 active cases, 163 of them have been identified within the last 24-hours. At 3.79%, the daily positivity-rate is down considerably, after reaching a high of 5.75% just four-days ago. However, now at 2.51%, the cumulative positivity-rate continues to inch upward.

 Among those confirmed deceased over the weekend are an 86-year old Kanawha County woman, an 81-year old Kanawha County man, an 83-year old Logan County woman and a 68-year old Monroe County man.

 “On this Labor Day, we must remember those West Virginians who have lost their lives,” Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said in a statement posted on the DHHR website. “We offer our deepest sympathies to those affected by COVID-19.”

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