Virus cases, hospitalizations surge in West Virginia
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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