The Greenbrier County Health Department took to social media on Tuesday, November 24, to inform the community of another passing.
Through a post on their Facebook page, the GCHD said: “It is with great regret that we announce our ninth COVID-19 death. We lost a 74-year-old male resident due to complications of the virus. We offer our sincere condolences to his family.”
On Wednesday, November 25, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced the deaths of an additional 13 residents statewide. Among those confirmed deceased are an 84-year-old Cabell County woman, a 97-year-old Mineral County woman, a 73-year-old Mineral County man, an 84-year-old Harrison County woman, an 80-year-old Mineral County woman, a 68-year-old Marshall County man, a 76-year-old Marshall County man, a 95-year-old Marshall County man, an 86-year-old Marshall County woman, an 83-year-old Marshall County man, a 94-year-old Marshall County woman, a 93-year-old Marshall County woman and an 80-year-old Cabell County man.
The total number of deaths in West Virginia stemming from complications related to COVID-19 has now reached 695.
“Protecting the health, safety and well-being of every West Virginian is our ultimate goal,” Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch said in a message on the DHHR website. “In these days of sadness, we must find the strength to support our friends and neighbors while continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by practicing safety measures we know work: wearing masks, washing hands, keeping a safe physical distance from others, utilizing free COVID-19 testing, and when possible, staying home.”
An additional 967 new cases were identified on Tuesday, Nov. 24, bringing the state’s current active total to 14,283. The daily positivity-rate is 4.81% while the cumulative positivity-rate has risen to 3.53%. There are now 510 West Virginians hospitalized with COVID-19, 144 of whom are receiving care in the ICU and 65 are being treated with ventilators. The DHHR reports that 28,072 individuals infected with the virus have since recovered.
The Monroe County Health Department also took to Facebook on Tuesday to provide some information regarding the rate with which COVID-19 can develop.
“COVID-19’s incubation time is 14 days with a median time of 4-5 days from exposure to symptom onset. 97% of persons with COVID-19 who develop symptoms will do so within 11.5 days of infection. Learn more about prevention and treatment of COVID-19: go.usa.gov/xw3eT.”