UPDATE: DHHR confirms WV’s 2nd COVID-19 death, 29 new cases in; state total rises to nearly 200


UPDATE (April 1, 2020, 6:15 p.m.):

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia DHHR announced Wednesday evening that the state has had its second coronavirus-related death. The death was confirmed by the Jackson County Health Department. The patient died in the hospital and had several underlying health issues, officials said. Citing privacy issues, no further details on the person were released.

The first death was an 88-year-old woman from Marion County on March 29.

ORIGINAL STORY (April 1, 2020 12:50 p.m.):

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 29 new cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia on Wednesday, bringing the state total to just under 200 cases.

The release stated that as of Wednesday, April 1, 4,575 residents have been tested for COVID-19, with 191 returning positive, 4,384 returning negative and one positive case resulting in death.

Listed below are the confirmed cases per county, according to the DHHR*

Barbour (1), Berkeley (21), Cabell (1), Greenbrier (3), Hancock (6), Hardy (1), Harrison (14), Jackson (11), Jefferson (9), Kanawha (37), Logan (3), Marion (8), Marshall (4), Mason (3), Mercer (2), Monongalia (32), Morgan (1), Ohio (11), Pleasants (1), Preston (3), Putnam (5), Raleigh (3), Randolph (1), Roane (2), Tucker (2), Upshur (1), Wetzel (2), Wirt (1), Wood (2).

*Note – Moments before receiving this release from the DHHR, 12 News recatived a release from the Randolph County Health Department confirming a second case in that county. This case was not accounted for in the release from the DHHR, or in their state total. This would suggest that West Virginia has 192 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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