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West Virginia continues to lead the nation in battle against pandemic



West Virginians all across the state continue to be impacted by the Coronavirus.

During his Monday Coronavirus media-briefing, Governor Jim Justice provided updated statistics which reflect just how significant those impacts are.

In comparison to most other states, West Virginia has been rather effective in containing the spread of the pandemic. Justice reported, “West Virginia’s numbers are still great.”

As of yesterday, 10,250 total confirmed Coronavirus cases have been identified in West Virginia, with 2,019 of those presently active. This is up from 1,763 just two days prior. There are currently 139 hospitalizations, while 8,017 individuals have recovered. Thus far, the state has performed 435,863 tests, which makes the cumulative positivity rate 2.35%. The number of deaths has now climbed to 214 deaths statewide. And as Gov. Justice put it: “that’s 214 too many.”

Long-term care facilities continue to struggle, with 36 individual outbreaks reported across the state, including Springfield Nursing Facility in Monroe County.

The state’s churches have seen a decrease in cases amongst parishioners. The DHHR has confirmed Coronavirus outbreaks at three separate churches, including one also located in Monroe County. As far as West Virginia’s correctional facilities, Mount Olive reports 138 cases among prisoners, with another 15 cases coming from staff-members. The prison remains under quarantine, with the infected prisoners in medical isolation. And at South Central Regional Jail, 8 prisoners and 2 staff-members have tested positive.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will once again be offering free Covid-19 testing this week. The dates and locations are as follows: today (Tuesday, Sept. 1) at the Tracy Vickers Center, located at 68 Boise St. in Chapmanville. Testing hours are from 10 AM until 4 PM. The Mount Hope (J.W./Hazel Ruby Welcome Center) located at 55 Hazel Ruby Ln. in Mt. Hope. Testing hours are from 10 AM until 2 PM. The Gateway Center, located at 2 Greyhound Ln. in Smithers.

Testing hours are from 4:30 PM until 7 PM. Thursday, September 3, at Cedar Lakes, located at 82 FFA Dr, in Ripley. Testing hours are from 12 PM until 6 PM.

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