UPDATE: Total number of confirmed/probable COVID-19 cases in West Virginia rises to 1,705

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UPDATE (5/22/20 5:30 p.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia DHHR has announced that the total number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in the state is now more that 1,700.

The release from the DHHR stated that as of 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, there have been a total of 82,747 laboratory results received for COVID-19, with 1,705 testing positive and 72 positive cases resulting in deaths

The release stated that in alignment with updated definitions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the dashboard now includes probable cases. Although a small portion of the cases to date, probable cases are individuals that have symptoms and either serologic (antibody) or epidemiologic (e.g., a link to a confirmed case) evidence of disease, but no confirmatory test.  Public health takes all the same precautions for probable cases as confirmed cases, so those will now be included on the dashboard.  

The release stated that the implementation of changes to the DHHR dashboard on Friday has resulted in a one-time larger than usual increase in cases and a one-time unusual decrease in the number of lab tests due to changes to the dashboard and reporting of probable cases

Listed below are the confirmed/probable cases in each county, according to the DHHR’s latest report:

CASES PER COUNTY (Case confirmed by lab test/Probable case): Barbour (7/0), Berkeley (256/8), Boone (9/0), Braxton (2/0), Brooke (3/0), Cabell (57/2), Calhoun (2/0), Clay (2/0), Fayette (42/1), Gilmer (9/0), Grant (6/1), Greenbrier (9/0), Hampshire (13/0), Hancock (15/2), Hardy (35/0), Harrison (38/1), Jackson (135/0), Jefferson (140/3), Kanawha (212/2), Lewis (5/0), Lincoln (5/0), Logan (16/0), Marion (48/0), Marshall (27/0), Mason (15/0), McDowell (6/0), Mercer (13/0), Mineral (36/2), Mingo (3/1), Monongalia (119/1), Monroe (6/1), Morgan (17/0), Nicholas (10/0), Ohio (38/0), Pendleton (6/1), Pleasants (3/1), Pocahontas (24/0), Preston (15/4), Putnam (31/0), Raleigh (14/1), Randolph (28/0), Ritchie (1/0), Roane (8/0), Summers (1/1), Taylor (8/0), Tucker (4/0), Tyler (3/0), Upshur (6/1), Wayne (97/0), Wetzel (8/0), Wirt (4/0), Wood (48/3), Wyoming (3/0).

Editor’s note: The numbers received from the West Virginia DHHR may include cases that have already been resolved. Therefore, these counts may need to be viewed as historical cases, rather than active cases.

Editor’s note 2: The total number of cases confirmed by the DHHR now includes probable cases, which are individuals that have symptoms and either serologic (antibody) or epidemiologic (e.g., a link to a confirmed case) evidence of disease, but no confirmatory test.

Editor’s note 2: The total number of cases confirmed by the DHHR now includes probable cases.


ORIGINAL (5/22/20 10:20 a.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Friday morning, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed 13 new cases of the coronavirus in West Virginia and the Lewis County Health Department confirmed the death of a resident caused by the virus.

The release from the DHHR stated that as of Friday, May 22, a total of 84,829 laboratory results have been received for COVID-19, with 1,616 testing positive, 82,213 testing negative and 71* positive cases resulting in deaths.

The release from the DHHR stated that these are considered official numbers reported to the state, which will in turn, 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.

In this case, there has been a delay relating the latest COVID-19 death in north central West Virginia. Around 9:30 Friday morning, the Lewis County Health Department issued a release stating that it has had its first death related to COVID-19. The victim was a 54-year-old man and no further information regarding his death will be released to protect his and his family’s privacy, according to the release. During his news briefing Friday, Gov. Jim Justice said that the man was an employee at William R. Sharpe Hospital, in Weston. In late April, state officials announced that a hospital employee had tested positive for COVID-19. It is unknown if the man is the same person from the April report.

Listed below are the confirmed cases of COVID-19 per county, according to the DHHR’s latest report:

CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (7), Berkeley (253), Boone (9), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (56), Calhoun (2), Clay (2), Fayette (39), Gilmer (9), Grant (6), Greenbrier (9), Hampshire (13), Hancock (14), Hardy (34), Harrison (37), Jackson (135), Jefferson (136), Kanawha (204), Lewis (5), Lincoln (5), Logan (15), Marion (48), Marshall (27), Mason (15), McDowell (6), Mercer (13), Mineral (36), Mingo (3), Monongalia (119), Monroe (6), Morgan (17), Nicholas (9), Ohio (38), Pendleton (5), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (17), Preston (15), Putnam (31), Raleigh (14), Randolph (10), Ritchie (1), Roane (8), Summers (1), Taylor (8), Tucker (4), Tyler (4), Upshur (6), Wayne (96), Wetzel (7), Wirt (4), Wood (48), Wyoming (3).

*Note – The death of the Lewis County resident was not included in the DHHR’s morning report on Friday. This would suggest that the total number of coronavirus deaths in the state is 72, not 71.

Editor’s note: The numbers received from the West Virginia DHHR may include cases that have already been resolved. Therefore, these counts may need to be viewed as historical cases, rather than active cases.

Editor’s note 2: The total number of cases confirmed by the DHHR now includes probable cases, which are individuals that have symptoms and either serologic (antibody) or epidemiologic (e.g., a link to a confirmed case) evidence of disease, but no confirmatory test.

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