For the second consecutive day, West Virginia has not seen a death due to complications stemming from COVID-19. The total number of deaths in the state attributed to the coronavirus remains 399.
W.Va. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 7,093 laboratory tests were completed on Sunday, October 18, bringing the state’s seven-day average to 7,207. 687,025 COVID-19 tests have now been completed since the beginning of the pandemic, accounting for 37.497% of the state’s population. In Greenbrier County, 12,099 laboratory tests have been performed in total, with 13 cases identified in the last seven days. Pocahontas County has seen 1,993 total tests performed, with one case identified in the last seven days. And Monroe County has now completed a total of 6,064 laboratory COVID-19 tests, with 26 new cases identified in the last seven days.
West Virginia’s daily positivity-rate decreased marginally, and is now 2.21%. The cumulative positivity-rate remains steady at 2.83%. Statewide, 221 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified within the last 24 hours. 177 people are currently hospitalized with the virus. Of those individuals, 67 are being cared for in the ICU, and 26 are being assisted with ventilators.