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COVID-19 Spikes In Monroe County

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The state’s COVID-19 daily positivity-rate saw a moderate decrease on Thursday, October 15.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reports that the number has dropped to 3.12%. However, at 2.82%, the cumulative positivity-rate remains unchanged. The W.Va. DHHR also confirmed the deaths of two additional West Virginia residents: a 65-year old Cabell County man and a 94-year old Kanawha County woman.

Monroe County has been struggling to contain the spread of the virus over the last two-weeks. Both their infection rate and their percent positive have experienced a drastic increase, now at 12.91% and 3.08% respectively.

On Thursday, October 15, the W.Va. DHHR upgraded the county’s designation to yellow on the color-coded county map. This comes on the heels of a county elementary student testing positive for COVID-19 last week, along with the quarantining of the James Monroe High School football team after being exposed to an out-of-county student who had also tested positive. And then on Wednesday, October 14, Monroe County Schools announced via social media that three additional students, and one teacher have now also tested positive for COVID-19.

The school system also stated that none of the three students who had tested positive had been present at school since October 6. Contact tracing is underway, and those known to have been in contact with the infected students and the staff member are currently in quarantine.

Stay tuned to the West Virginia Daily News for more information on this developing story in the coming days.

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