COVID-19 related deaths rise to 70 in Mountain State

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirms 26 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death in the Mountain State. The state’s cumulative percent positive test results is currently recorded at 1.92%.

As of 10 a.m., May 21, 2020, the WV DHHR says the state has received 83,181 laboratory results for COVID-19, with 1,593 positive cases, 81,588 negative tests, 977 recoveries and 70 deaths.

The WV DHHR has confirmed the death of an 85-year old female from Kanawha County. “We mourn with all families suffering the loss of loved ones due to COVID-19,” says Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

These are considered official numbers reported to the state, which the state says will be reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Delays may be experienced with the reporting of cases and deaths from the local health department to the state health department.

Counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19 include Barbour (7), Berkeley (248), Boone (9), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (55), Calhoun (2), Clay (2), Fayette (39), Gilmer (9), Grant (6), Greenbrier (9), Hampshire (12), Hancock (13), Hardy (34), Harrison (37), Jackson (135), Jefferson (131), Kanawha (205), Lewis (5), Lincoln (5), Logan (15), Marion (48), Marshall (26), Mason (15), McDowell (6), Mercer (13), Mineral (34), Mingo (3), Monongalia (118), Monroe (6), Morgan (17), Nicholas (9), Ohio (38), Pendleton (5), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (13), Preston (15), Putnam (30), Raleigh (14), Randolph (9), Ritchie (1), Roane (8), Summers (1), Taylor (8), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (6), Wayne (96), Wetzel (7), Wirt (4), Wood (48), Wyoming (3).

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.

Please visit the dashboard at www.coronavirus.wv.gov for more 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.

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