CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says 54 new cases have been reported in the state since this morning. The state is also reporting West Virginia’s tenth death from the virus.
According to the WV DHHR as of 5:00 p.m., on April 14, 2020, the state has 17,224 laboratory results for COVID-19, with 694 positive, 16,530 negative and 10 deaths. The tenth COVID-19 associated death is a 62-year old man from Marion County.
“Our hearts go out to the families who have suffered a loss due to COVID-19,” said Bill J. Crouch, Cabinet Secretary of DHHR.
These are considered official numbers reported to the state which will be reported to the CDC, according to the WV DHHR. Medical providers and laboratories are required to report positive test results to DHHR.
The WV DHHR also says delays may be experienced in reporting cases and deaths from the local health department to the state health department. It’s not uncommon for the local level to report case numbers first and then officially report it to the state.
Counties with confirmed coronavirus cases include Barbour (4), Berkeley (99), Boone (1), Braxton (1), Brooke (3), Cabell (29), Fayette (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (7), Hardy (2), Harrison (28), Jackson (31), Jefferson (54), Kanawha (86), Lewis (2), Lincoln (1), Logan (8), Marion (39), Marshall (7), Mason (9), McDowell (6), Mercer (8), Mineral (5), Mingo (1), Monongalia (82), Monroe (1), Morgan (6), Nicholas (3), Ohio (22), Pendleton (1), Pleasants (1), Preston (6), Putnam (13), Raleigh (6), Randolph (4), Roane (2), Summers (1), Taylor (4), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (3), Wayne (60), Wetzel (3), Wirt (2), Wood (22), Wyoming (1).
As case surveillance continues at the local health department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain county may not be a resident of that county or even the state as an individual in question may have crossed the state border to be tested, according to the WV DHHR. Such is the case in Wayne County as some of the employees who tested positive from the Wayne Co. nursing home live out of state.
A dashboard is available at www.coronavirus.wv.gov with West Virginia-specific data, including new information on the health status of COVID-19 positive patients and other information. A Frequently Asked Questions document has been developed regarding case counts and can be found here.
The number of laboratory results received refers to the number of tests performed and completed, not the number of residents tested as some individuals have had multiple samples taken for COVID-19 tests.