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COVID-19 Positivity-Rate Declines Statewide

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The W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources reported the deaths of three additional West Virginia Residents on Monday, October 5, due to complications stemming from COVID-19. Among those confirmed deceased are a 53-year old Kanawha County woman, an 86-year old Kanawha County woman and a 70-year old Putnam County woman.

In a message posted on the DHHR website, Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said: “We extend our sympathies as we mourn this loss to both the families and our state.”

On Sunday, October 4, 6,461 laboratory tests were conducted, and 114 new cases have been identified within the last 24-hours. This brings the state’s testing-total to 596,040. The daily positivity-rate continues its downward trend, and is now at 1.52%. And at 2.74%, the cumulative positivity-rate also continues trending downward. Currently, there are 165 residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 60 individuals being cared for in the ICU, and 28 being treated with ventilators.

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