West Virginia continues to set records with regard to its COVI-19 numbers. There have been 16,945 laboratory tests completed on Wednesday, Nov. 18, identifying 1,122 new cases of the coronavirus.
The daily positivity-rate is 5.22%. The W.Va. DHHR reports the state’s cumulative positivity-rate to be 3.39%. However, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center has West Virginia’s cumulative positivity-rate at 3.77%. New York, which was previously considered to be the epicenter of the outbreak, currently has a cumulative positivity-rate of 3.34%.
Another 11 West Virginians have lost their battle with COVID-19. Among those confirmed deceased are an 87-year-old Cabell County woman, a 70-year-old Harrison County man, a 68-year-old Berkeley County man, a 75-year-old Ohio County man, a 74-year-old Marshall County man, an 82-year-old Kanawha County man, a 63-year-old Tyler County woman, a 92-year-old Marshall County woman, 85-year-old Kanawha County man, a 64-year-old Wood County man and a 62-year-old Kanawha County man.
The total number of deaths in West Virginia attributed to COVID-19 is 623. Nationally, the number of deaths has now surpassed a quarter of a million people. Globally, 1,352,775 have perished due to complications stemming from COVID-19.
There are 11,643 West Virginians currently infected with the virus. Of those, 415 are currently hospitalized, with 123 receiving care in the ICU and 52 being assisted with ventilators. Long-term care facilities continue to be hard hit by the pandemic. Active outbreaks have been reported at the Hilltop Center and Montgomery General in Fayette County, Meadow Garden in Greenbrier County, Maples Health Care and Princeton Health Care in Mercer County, and the Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Summers County.
Pocahontas and Summers Counties remain designated as green on the DHHR daily color-coded county map. Greenbrier, Monroe and Mercer Counties remain designated as yellow, while Fayette County remains orange.