West Virginia has reached yet another milestone in it’s fight against the coronavirus, as the state has now surpassed 35,000 total cases of the disease. There have been 864 new cases of COVID-19 identified on Monday, November 16, for a daily positivity-rate of 5.72%. Currently, there are 10,707 active cases within the state.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has reported the deaths of 13 additional residents. Among those confirmed deceased on Tuesday, November 17 are an 84-year-old Boone County woman, a 59-year-old Kanawha County man, a 79-year-old Kanawha County woman, a 68-year-old Barbour County woman, a 72-year-old Fayette County man, an 86-year-old Ohio County man, an 88-year-old Ohio County woman, a 75-year-old Jefferson County woman, a 68-year-old Hancock County man, an 80-year-old Putnam County man, a 69-year-old Putnam County woman, an 89-year-old Putnam County woman and a 68-year-old Boone County man.
West Virginia has now had 598 deaths related to complications stemming from COVID-19.
There have been 943,178 laboratory tests completed in W.Va. since the onset of the pandemic, 8,373 of which were performed on Monday, November 16. The state’s seven-day testing average is now 11,751, and the cumulative positivity-rate has reached 3.31%. There are 400 West Virginians now hospitalized with COVID-19, 116 of whom are receiving care in the ICU. 43 of those infected with the virus are being treated with ventilators. The DHHR reports that 24,019 individuals have now recovered.
Pocahontas and Summers Counties remain designated as green on the color-coded county map, while Monroe and Mercer Counties remain designated as yellow. However, a spike in both infection rate as well as percent positive has seen Greenbrier County upgraded from green to yellow, while Fayette County has been downgraded from orange to gold.