UPDATE: DHHR confirms 14 new cases of COVID-19, 2 additional deaths in WV; clarifies why state total did not change in Wednesday morning report

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UPDATE (4/28/20 5:42 p.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) confirmed 14 new cases of the coronavirus in West Virginia and two additional deaths caused by the virus in its evening report on Wednesday. Additionally, the DHHR provided a clarification as to why the total number of cases in the state did not change in its Wednesday morning report.

The release from the DHHR stated that as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, a total of 42,784 residents have received laboratory results for COVID-19 with 1,109 testing positive, 41,675 testing negative and 40 positive cases resulting in deaths.

The release from the DHHR stated that these are considered the 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.

Officials said that the DHHR confirmed the deaths of an 80-year-old man from Kanawha County and a 95-year-old woman from Wayne County as the state’s 39th and 40th deaths caused by COVID-19.

“Each tragic death reported is a solemn reminder of the seriousness of this disease. We offer our sincere condolences to this family for their loss,” said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.

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

CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (4), Berkeley (143), Boone (3), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (42), Fayette (12), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (9), Hardy (5), Harrison (30), Jackson (129), Jefferson (77), Kanawha (157), Lewis (4), Lincoln (1), Logan (12), Marion (45), Marshall (11), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (10), Mineral (15), Mingo (2), Monongalia (102), Monroe (5), Morgan (10), Nicholas (6), Ohio (27), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (25), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (6), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (85), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (39), Wyoming (1).

Editor’s note: The numbers received from the West Virginia DHHR include cases that have already been resolved. Therefore, these counts 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.

In addition to the updated COVID-19 case numbers, the DHHR also provided clarification as to why its Wednesday morning report showed no increase in cases in the state for the first time.

DHHR officials said that the positive case count in its 10 a.m. report on Wednesday was 1,095, which was the same number of cases noted in its report from 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Officials clarified that some of the county-specific totals changed from Tuesday to Wednesday, as the number of cases in some counties increased, while others decreased. Officials said that the net gain and loss in number of cases ended up cancelling each other out, so the total case count in the state remained 1,095.

Officials said that 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. The release stated that this is the case of Monongalia and Kanawha counties, as explained below. Additionally the release stated that Hancock and Roane counties saw an increase in their number of cases between 5 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The release explained that Hancock County experienced an increase of two cases, with eight cases being reported on Tuesday evening and 10 cases being reported Wednesday morning. The release also stated that Roane County saw an increase of one case from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.

Additionally, the release explained that Kanawha County saw a decrease of two cases, with 157 reported Tuesday evening and 155 reported on Wednesday morning, due to those individuals not being Kanawha County residents.

Lastly, the release stated that Monongalia County saw a decrease in one case, with 103 being reported on Tuesday evening and 102 being reported on Wednesday morning. This was due to one person not being a resident of Monongalia County, according to officials.

For clarification purposes, the release from the DHHR also included a list of the cases, by county, that were confirmed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday and 10 a.m. on Wednesday with the changes in bold.

5:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020 CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (4), Berkeley (141), Boone (2), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (41), Fayette (12), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (8), Hardy (4), Harrison (30), Jackson (129), Jefferson (77), Kanawha (157), Lewis (4), Lincoln (1), Logan (12), Marion (45), Marshall (11), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (9), Mineral (15), Mingo (2), Monongalia (103), Monroe (5), Morgan (9), Nicholas (6), Ohio (26), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (22), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (4), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (84), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (39), Wyoming (1).

10:00 A.M., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2020 CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (4), Berkeley (141), Boone (2), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (41), Fayette (12), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (10), Hardy (4), Harrison (30), Jackson (129), Jefferson (77), Kanawha (155), Lewis (4), Lincoln (1), Logan (12), Marion (45), Marshall (11), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (9), Mineral (15), Mingo (2), Monongalia (102), Monroe (5), Morgan (9), Nicholas (6), Ohio (26), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (22), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (5), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (84), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (39), Wyoming (1).


ORIGINAL (4/28/20 10:28 a.m.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources confirmed that no new cases of COVID-19 have been found in the state since its 5 p.m. report on Tuesday.

This is the first time the DHHR hasn’t reported an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in West Virginia since it began releasing updates on the number of cases in the state twice per day (10 a.m. and 5 p.m.).

The release from the DHHR stated that as of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, a total of 42,032 residents have received laboratory results for COVID-19, with 1,095 testing positive, 40,937 testing negative and 38 positive cases resulting in deaths.

The release from the DHHR stated that these are considered the 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.

Listed below are the confirmed cases of COVID-19 per county, according to the release:

CONFIRMED CASES PER COUNTY: Barbour (4), Berkeley (141), Boone (2), Braxton (2), Brooke (3), Cabell (41), Fayette (12), Gilmer (2), Grant (1), Greenbrier (3), Hampshire (7), Hancock (10), Hardy (4), Harrison (30), Jackson (129), Jefferson (77), Kanawha (155), Lewis (4), Lincoln (1), Logan (12), Marion (45), Marshall (11), Mason (12), McDowell (6), Mercer (9), Mineral (15), Mingo (2), Monongalia (102), Monroe (5), Morgan (9), Nicholas (6), Ohio (26), Pendleton (3), Pleasants (2), Pocahontas (2), Preston (13), Putnam (22), Raleigh (8), Randolph (4), Roane (5), Summers (1), Taylor (6), Tucker (4), Tyler (3), Upshur (4), Wayne (84), Wetzel (3), Wirt (3), Wood (39), Wyoming (1).

Editor’s note: The numbers received from the West Virginia DHHR include cases that have already been resolved. Therefore, these counts 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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