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W.Va. Surpasses 400 Deaths Related To COVID-19

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After two consecutive days with no deaths reported, on Tuesday, October 20, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed that nine additional state residents have succumbed to complications of COVID-19.

Among those deceased are a 78-year-old Clay County woman, an 88-year-old Ohio County woman, a 77-year-old Marshall County man, a 90-year-old Harrison County woman and a 65-year-old Brooke County man. Also confirmed deceased are two Logan County men, ages 70 and 71, as well as two residents of Cabell County: an 86-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman.

Through a statement on the DHHR website, Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch said, “As we have surpassed 400 deaths of beloved West Virginia family members, friends and neighbors, we must honor them by combatting this disease by all in our power. This includes wearing a mask, keeping socially distant and using good hygiene.”

Monroe County remains designated as orange on the color-coded county map, with an infection rate of 27.98% and a percent positive of 5.70. Free COVID-19 testing will be available on Wednesday, October 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, October 23, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Health Department located at 200 Health Center Drive in Union. There will also be testing at Peterstown Elementary School on Thursday, October 22, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The school is located at 108 College Drive in Peterstown, WV.

The testing is available to all individuals in Monroe County, including asymptomatic individuals, and proof of insurance is not required. Bring a driver’s license or proof of address to help in returning test results. Testing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Greenbrier County Health Department has also announced free COVID-19 Testing at the State Fair of West Virginia fairgrounds on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. The state fairgrounds are located at 947 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg ,WV.

The testing is available to all individuals in Greenbrier County, including asymptomatic individuals, and proof of insurance is not required. Bring a driver’s license or proof of address to help in returning test results. Testing will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only 3,757 laboratory COVID-19 tests were performed statewide on Monday, October 19, bringing West Virginia’s seven-day average down to 6,999. 226 new cases have been identified within the last 24 hours. There are currently 191 individuals hospitalized due to the virus, with 62 being cared for in the ICU and 23 being assisted with ventilators.

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