The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources have identified 252 new cases of COVID-19, and confirmed seven-additional deaths attributed to the virus statewide within the last 24-hours.
Among those confirmed deceased are a 69-year-old Logan County woman, a 73-year-old Cabell County man, a 75-year-old Kanawha County man, a 71-year-old Monongalia County woman, a 75-year-old Monongalia County man, a 74-year-old Hancock County man and a 77-year-old Logan County man.
In a statement posted to the DHHR website, Cabinet Secretary Bill Crouch said, “As we share this sad news, we pause to remember each West Virginian lost. Our deepest condolences are extended to these families.”
As of Sunday, February 21, 2,261 West Virginians have succumbed to complications stemming from COVID-19.
Currently, 8,954 cases of COVID-19 remain active in the Mountain State. While 2,021 cases of the virus have been identified within the last seven-days, 2,869 individuals have reportedly recovered. The daily positivity-rate is 3.77% and the cumulative positivity-rate is 5.51%. A total of 166,186 residents have been fully vaccinated against the virus and 269,392 are awaiting their second-dose. Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Monroe Counties all remain designated as green on the DHHR daily color-coded County Alert System map.
At present, 289 West Virginians remain hospitalized with COVID-19, including 75 receiving treatment in area intensive care units and 39 being assisted through ventilators. The W.Va. DHHR reports that 118,401 residents who had previously tested positive for the virus have since recovered.