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Virus cases, hospitalizations surge in West Virginia

The state surpassed 2,000 positive cases for the first time, doing so on three consecutive...
The state surpassed 2,000 positive cases for the first time, doing so on three consecutive days, including a record 2,564 on Friday.(WBRC)
Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 3:36 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Active coronavirus cases have skyrocketed 72% in West Virginia and hospitalizations have surged over the past week as the omicron variant starts to take a firm hold in the state.

According to state figures, there were more than 11,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide last week, shattering the one-week record of 9,587 set in mid-September.

The state surpassed 2,000 positive cases for the first time, doing so on three consecutive days, including a record 2,564 on Friday.

Active cases have more than doubled since Dec. 24. The number of people hospitalized for the virus hit 721 on Monday, up 29% since Christmas.

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