The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported that two additional residents succumbed to complications of COVID-19 on Sunday. This brings the state’s total to 310 confirmed, and two probable deaths attributed to the disease.
“We send our sympathy to these families, and urge all West Virginians to continue to protect our residents,” Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch said, in a statement posted on the DHHR website on Monday, September 21.
In total, West Virginia has now performed 519,175 coronavirus-tests, including 5,213 completed on Sunday, September 20. This accounts for 29.199% of the state’s population, and is slightly ahead of the national number currently at 28.423%. There are 3,544 active cases in W.Va., with 117 having been identified within the last 24-hours.
The state’s RT rate, which indicates the rate and speed with which the virus can reproduce, has dropped to 1.11. Although this is a marked improvement from recent weeks, West Virginia is still 38th in the nation in this category. At 2.73%, the cumulative positivity-rate continues its incremental rise.
However, at 2.03%, the daily-positivity rate is the lowest it has been throughout the month of September.
162 residents remain hospitalized due to the virus, with 58 being treated in the ICU and 28 being assisted by ventilators. The Springfield Center in Lindside continues to battle an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. 43 residents and 30 staff-members have now tested positive for the disease, and 7 deaths have been reported.