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COVID-19 Claims 14 In Last 2 Days



After a two day moratorium on coronavirus-related deaths in West Virginia, 14 residents have succumbed to the virus in the last 48 hours.

On Wednesday, October 21, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported the deaths of five additional West Virginians. Among those confirmed deceased are a 62-year-old Wetzel County man, a 76-year-old Upshur County man and an 85-year-old Harrison County woman. Also deceased are two Cabell County women, ages 87 and 89.

There have now been 19,664 probable, and 1,070 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,106 of which are currently active. There have been 215 new cases identified within the last 24 hours. 695,527 laboratory tests have been conducted statewide, with 4,793 being performed on Tuesday, October 20. This brings the state’s seven-day testing average to 7,006. The daily positivity-rate is 3.36%. And at 2.84%, the cumulative positivity-rate continues its steady rise. The total number of deaths in West Virginia related to COVID-19 are now 413.

Free COVID-19 testing will continue this week in both Monroe and Greenbrier Counties. In Monroe County, testing will be available on Thursday, October 22 at Peterstown Elementary School, located at 150 College Dr. in Peterstown, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. On Friday, October 23, testing will be available at the Monroe County Health Center, located at 200 Health Center Dr. in Union. Testing hours will be from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Free COVID-19 testing in Greenbrier County will be available at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds, located at 947 Maplewood Ave. in Lewisburg. Testing will be offered on Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24. Testing hours will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on both days.

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