As of 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources reported there have been 561,113 total confirmatory laboratory results received for Covid-19 in the state, with 15,848 total cases and 350 deaths.
On Wednesday, the DHHR confirmed the deaths of five more West Virginia residents, including a 56-year-old Fayette County man. The deaths of a 68-year-old man from Kanawha County, a 95-year-old Boone County man, an 81-year-old Putnam County woman and a 68-year-old Kanawha man were also revealed. "As we recognize and honor the lives of these West Virginians, we also extend our sincere condolences to their families," said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR cabinet secretary.
Confirmed cases per county include: Barbour (81), Berkeley (1,025), Boone (232), Braxton (13), Brooke (114), Cabell (852), Calhoun (25), Clay (37), Doddridge (27), Fayette (630), Gilmer (48), Grant (161), Greenbrier (128), Hampshire (108), Hancock (150), Hardy (91), Harrison (392), Jackson (271), Jefferson (439), Kanawha (2,747), Lewis (38), Lincoln (172), Logan (622), Marion (285), Marshall (179), Mason (143), McDowell (87), Mercer (427), Mineral (174), Mingo (385), Monongalia (2,049), Monroe (151), Morgan (56), Nicholas (112), Ohio (375), Pendleton (53), Pleasants (18), Pocahontas (59), Preston (157), Putnam (583), Raleigh (528), Randolph (259), Ritchie (13), Roane (53), Summers (55), Taylor (129), Tucker (35), Tyler (16), Upshur (87), Wayne (406), Webster (7), Wetzel (58), Wirt (12), Wood (375) and Wyoming (119).
Visit the dashboard located at www.coronavirus.wv.gov for more information.
On its Facebook page on Monday, the Fayette County Health Department reported there had been 622 confirmed and five probable cases through Sept. 28. In that span, there were 14 deaths, 10 were hospitalized, and there were 497 recovered cases. Through Monday, 106 active cases remained.
In an informational graphic compiled by the FCHD through Monday, Oak Hill had 68 positive Covid-19 cases, the most in Fayette County. Fayetteville followed with 43, Montgomery with 40, Scarbro with 25 and Boomer with 18. For a complete look at the case distribution, see the department's Facebook page.
Spurred by 199 cumulative inmate cases at Mount Olive Correctional Complex and other cases involving staff at the prison, as well as nursing home and church outbreaks — coupled with prevalent community spread — Fayette's case numbers have risen dramatically in the past month. On Sept. 1, the DHHR reported the county with 360 confirmed cases. Peeking back a little further, the county had 188 cases in the Aug. 25 DHHR report.
"Limiting interaction" is the key to combating the further spread of Covid-19 cases, stressed Fayette County Health Officer Dr. Anita Stewart. She urges reducing group sizes and limiting any interaction in "what I consider non-essential" gatherings such as birthday parties, cookouts and graduation parties. "I know those are super important to our society, but right now, especially with the amount of viral prevalence in our communities, we really need to back off."
A total of 41 Covid-19 tests was administered during a special event Friday at the J.W. and Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center in Mount Hope, according to Stewart. There were several free testings planned for earlier this week in the county.
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The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department announced Monday there are 2,742 total Covid-19 cases in Kanawha County, which was up 42 from Sunday. Of those, 2,706 were confirmed cases and 36 were probable cases. Active cases were at 980, a decrease of 10 from Sunday. Recovered cases stood at 1,685, up 52 from the previous day. The total number of deaths in Kanawha County is 77.
According to a KCHD press release, 373 people were tested for Covid-19 at a drive-up testing event at Elkview Baptist Church on Monday, while 128 people received a flu vaccine.
As part of Gov. Jim Justice's initiative to offer free Covid-19 testing for West Virginians, counties that are currently orange on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ (DHHR) county alert map will offer testing this week.
Any time a county is orange or red, DHHR's health command will reach out to the local health department and request that they set up testing within 24 hours with assistance offered through the West Virginia National Guard.
Free Covid-19 testing is available Thursday in Kanawha County at George Washington High School, 1522 Tennis Club Road, Charleston. The Oct. 1 session will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Upcoming testing elsewhere in Kanawha includes:
• Thursday, Oct. 1 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., South Charleston High School, 1 Eagle Way, South Charleston (flu shot available)
• Friday, Oct. 2 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Riverside High School, 1 Warrior Way, Belle, WV (flu shot available)
Testing is available to all residents, including asymptomatic individuals. For more upcoming testing locations near you, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx.
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As of Monday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m., the number of Mount Olive Correctional Complex positive inmate cases stood at six, with one test pending, according to the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Through that time span, there had been 199 cumulative inmate cases, with 188 recovered and four in quarantine. One inmate death has been confirmed at MOCC. Deaths of four other positive Mount Olive inmates are not included in the data since medical opinion has not concluded Covid-19 caused or contributed to the deaths, pending further medical determination.
Among active outbreaks in local nursing homes through Sept. 27, there are cases involving six staff and five residents of Montgomery Rehab and Nursing, as well as 27 staff and 38 residents at Glasgow Health and Rehabilitation, with one death at the Glasgow facility.
There were also small active outbreaks involving staff members at Ansted Center and Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation ongoing as of Sept. 27.
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