The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has reported the deaths of an additional 5 residents due to complications stemming from COVID-19. Among those confirmed deceased are an 89-year old Harrison County woman, a 50-year old Fayette County woman, a 66-year old Mercer County man, an 82-year old Kanawha County woman and a 72-year old Kanawha County man.
This brings West Virginia’s total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 317 as of Tuesday, September 22.
In a statement posted on the DHHR website, Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch stated: “We mourn with all families suffering the loss of loved ones during this horrible pandemic.”
3,267 laboratory tests were completed statewide on Monday, September 21, with 213 new cases having been identified within the last 24-hours. The cumulative positivity-rate continues to rise, now reaching 2.75%.
And the daily positivity-rate has spiked again, climbing back up to 4.78%. Two more residents have been hospitalized since the DHHR’s Monday reporting, bringing the total to 164. 58 patients remain in the ICU, while 28 are being assisted by ventilators.