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Daily COVID-19 Positivity-Rate Climbs Back Over 4%

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The death toll in West Virginia due to complications stemming from COVID-19 is now 436.

On Wednesday, October 28, the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources reported the deaths of four additional residents. Among those confirmed deceased are a 73-year-old Mercer County man, a 77-year-old Upshur County man, an 84-year-old Ohio County woman and an 85-year old Wayne County woman.

Only 5,106 laboratory COVID-19 tests were completed statewide on Tuesday, October 27, bringing the seven-day average to 7,405. There have been 358 new cases identified within the last 24 hours. At 4.29%, the daily positivity-rate has experienced a significant increase for the second consecutive day. 747,304 total tests have been performed throughout West Virginia, accounting for 41.335% of the state’s population who have been tested since the onset of the pandemic. 226 residents are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with 83 individuals being cared for in the ICU and 27 being assisted with ventilators.

At 42.51% Monroe County’s infection rate has increased slightly since yesterday. However, the county’s percent positive has seen an incremental decrease, and is now 5.72%. Pocahontas County is experiencing similar fluctuations. At 7.80%, the infection rate has increased by nearly a full percentage point over yesterday’s number. However, the county’s percent positive has decreased slightly, and is now 2.30%. Greenbrier County is currently experiencing increases in both categories. The county’s infection rate is presently 13.19%, and their percent positive is 1.83%.

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