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Covid-19 Claims Another West Virginian

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A total of 6,396 COVID-19 tests were performed statewide on Wednesday, October 7. This is more than 2,600 tests above Tuesday’s number. Overall, West Virginia has now performed tests on 609,111 residents, which accounts for 34.257% of the state’s population.

The last 24-hours have seen the identification of 188 new cases, resulting in a daily positivity-rate of 2.565%. The cumulative positivity-rate has seen very little movement over the last seven-days, and remains steady at 2.77%. Sadly, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed the death of one additional resident on Wednesday, October 7; that of a 78-year old Kanawha County man.

“As many of us have grown tired of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant in our prevention efforts,” Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said, in a statement posted on the DHHR website. “Our sympathies are extended to this gentleman’s family.”

The recent death brings the total number of West Virginians who have succumbed to complications stemming from the coronavirus to 370.

Greenbrier County continues to trend upward in both infection rate and percent positive, which are at 4.12% and 2.02% respectively. The percentages have increased every day, and are currently seven-day highs. On Thursday, October 1, the infection rate was at 2.06%, and the percent positive was 0.90%. Greenbrier County has performed a total of 11,210 COVID-19 tests, resulting in 139 confirmed cases and four deaths.

Pocahontas County is also trending slightly upwards, and mirror those of Greenbrier. The county’s infection rate is 4.12%, and the percent positivity is 2.02%. Pocahontas County has performed a total of 1,863 COVID-19 tests, resulting in 60 confirmed cases.

Monroe County has an infection rate of 5.38%, and a percent positivity of 1.20%. Monroe county has performed a total of 5,324 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 157 confirmed cases and eight deaths.

With regard to neighboring states, West Virginia is still doing very well in comparison. At 0.974%, W.Va. has the lowest percentage of the population who have tested positive. At 1.299%, Pennsylvania is in second place, and the national percentage is 2.245%. West Virginia has tested a larger percentage of its population than all its border states. At 32.921%, Kentucky is in second place. The national percentage is 33.195% At 2.136%, W.Va. is third in case fatality rate. Kentucky is first at 5>297%, Next is Virginia, at 2.149%

The number of state residents that are currently hospitalized sits at 168, due to the extreme and aggressive nature of their symptoms. Of those, 59 and being cared for in the ICU, and 29 and being assisted by the use of ventilators.

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