West Virginia COVID-19 cases rise to 1,867
As of 10 a.m. on May 27, when the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) issued their morning update on the COVID-19 case total, there had been 1,867 confirmed cases across the Mountain State — an increase of 70 cases since Tuesday morning.
The state's case numbers shifted substantially on Friday, when the health department changed their reporting system to begin including "probable" cases, per CDC recommendations.
"Probable" cases are cases that were diagnosed by a doctor based on symptoms and exposure without a test – also known as clinical diagnoses.
According to the DHHR, the new dashboard also reports both active and recovered cases on a county-by-county level.
“Recovery data from case investigations allows us to look at outcomes – following individuals through to their end of illness,” Dr. Cathy Slemp, State Health Officer and Commissioner for DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health.
By Wednesday morning, 88,461 total tests had been processed in West Virginia, with 1,867 COVID-19 cases and 74 confirmed deaths due to the disease.
That was an increase of 978 tests between Tuesday and Wednesday.
For our local counties, here is the latest case update:
• Grant County - 10 confirmed cases and 1 probable case | 7 recovered
• Hardy County - 38 confirmed cases | 9 recovered
• Pendleton County - 9 confirmed cases and 1 probable case | 3 recovered
Hardy County, which
had six confirmed COVID-19 cases, has steadily risen over the past three weeks, partially due to
By Tuesday, testing numbers indicated that West Virginia had tested 4.92% of its population for COVID-19 – significantly higher than the national average of 4.37% (although that's been closing in) and than Virginia, which has tested 3%.
Of those that have been tested in West Virginia, 2.11% received positive COVID-19 tests on a cumulative level. On a daily level, from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, 1.73% of the latest people tested received positive results.
Governor Jim Justice's plan for reopening West Virginia calls for that cumulative percentage to remain below 3% in order for plans to keep moving forward for phases of reopening the state.
Tuesday, May 26, started
, which allows museums, zoos, and visitor centers to reopen, as well as bars at 50% capacity, among other additions.
At this point, of the West Virginians who have tested positive for COVID-19, the majority have already recovered.
As of the evening of May 25 (the latest data available), 36 patients were hospitalized, 13 were in the ICU, and 1,191 had fully recovered from the virus in West Virginia.
All of that data and more can be found in a slideshow
, updated twice daily.
Medical providers and laboratories electronically report positive test results to DHHR. Once the DHHR has them, they then submit the official numbers to the CDC and update their
Across the state, these are the confirmed cases by county, as of 5 p.m. on May 26: