The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has reported the deaths of 6 more residents due to complications of COVID-19. Among those confirmed deceased on Saturday, Nov. 28 are a 77-year-old Cabell County man, a 72-year-old Wood County man, a 92-year-old Harrison County man, a 74-year-old Hampshire County woman, a 79-year-old Preston County man and an 87-year-old Preston County man.
In a message posted on the DHHR’s website, Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch said: “As a grandfather, I am particularly sensitive to the grief children are suffering from the loss of a grandparent or beloved neighbor. West Virginians of all ages are affected by these tragic losses of life.”
The total number of deaths in West Virginia as a result of complications stemming from COVID-19 is now 718.
An additional 799 new cases of the coronavirus have been identified within the last 24 hours, bringing the number of active cases in W.Va. to 15,731. There have been 45,845 total cases since the onset of the pandemic. The daily positivity-rate is 4.17%, and the cumulative positivity-rate is 3.59%.
The W.Va. DHHR also confirms that 1,108,684 laboratory tests have been performed statewide, including the 12,831 conducted on Friday, Nov. 27. The state’s seven-day testing average is 14,356.
With an infection rate of 43.58% and a percent of positive of 4.04%, Monroe County has been upgraded to gold on the DHHR’s daily color-coded county map. (This is not the same map as the one used by the W.Va. Department of Education. That map was updated at 5 p.m. on Saturday 11/28.) Pocahontas County remains designated as orange. Greenbrier and Fayette Counties remain designated as yellow. Mercer and Summers Counties remain designated as green.
There are now 540 residents hospitalized with COVID-19, 151 of whom are receiving care in the ICU, with 53 being treated with ventilators. The W.Va. DHHR reports that 29,369 of those infected have since recovered.