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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has reported the death of three more residents due to complications stemming from COVID-19.

This brings the total number of deaths to 337. Among those confirmed deceased on Monday, September 28, are a 70-year old Kanawha County man, a 77-year old Taylor County woman, and a 92-year old Berkeley County man.

In a statement posted on the DHHR website, Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said: “Please join with me in sending our deepest condolences to these families as they grieve the passing of their loved ones.”

3,593 COVID-19 tests were conducted statewide on Sunday, September 27, the lowest number performed since last Wednesday. 164 new cases have been identified within the last 24-hours. Currently, West Virginia has 3,987 active cases, with 168 hospitalizations. 51 of those individuals are being treated in the ICU, while 29 are being assisted with a ventilator. The daily positivity-rate has experienced another increase, now at 4.01%. However the cumulative positivity-rate has seen it’s first decrease in several weeks, dropping to 2.75%.

Free COVID-19 testing this week will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at the J.W. and Hazel Ruby WV Welcome Center, located at 55 Hazel Ruby Ln. in Mt. Hope. Testing hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Teays Valley Church of God, located at 185 Connection Point in Scott Depot. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 at the old 84 Lumber building, located at 100 Recovery Rd. in Peach Creek. Testing hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. WVU Student Recreation Center, located at 2001 Rec Center Dr. in Morgantown. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Old Buffalo High School, located at 81 High School Rd. in Buffalo. Testing hours are from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Wayne County Health Department, located at 217 Kenova Ave. in Wayne. Testing hours are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, October 1 at South Charleston High School, located at 1 Eagle Way in South Charleston. Testing hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Marion County Health Department, located at 300 Second St. in Fairmont. Testing hours are from 12 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 2 Riverside High School, located at 1 Warrior Way in Belle. Testing hours are from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Flu shots will also be offered. The Ransom Civic Center parking lot, located at 432 W. Second Ave. in Ransom. Testing hours are Friday 10/2 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday 10/3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, October 3 at the Marshall County Health Department, located at 513 6th St. in Moundsville. Testing hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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